The main comic in a burlesque show.
The head person, as of a group or project.
A top performer in show business; specif., the star comedian in a burlesque show.
The most important person in any group.
Origin of top-banana
- So called from the presentation of a banana to the comedian who has the punch line in a three-person burlesque routine
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition