Straight man

Stock character, notable for remaining composed in a comedic performance / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The straight man is a stock character in a comedy performance, especially a double act, sketch comedy, or farce.[1] When a comedy partner behaves eccentrically, the straight man is expected to maintain composure. The direct contribution to the comedy a straight man provides usually comes in the form of a deadpan. A straight man with no direct comedic role has historically been known as a stooge. Typically, he is expected to feed the funny man lines that he can respond to for laughs (and is hence sometimes known as a feed), while seeking no acclamation for himself. If a straight man unintentionally breaks composure and laughs, it is known in British English as corpsing.

Martin and Lewis featured Dean Martin (left) as the smooth, debonair straight man and Jerry Lewis as the wild, oafish comic.