From Pam Grier to Britney Spears, a look back at the zaniest stewards of film and TV.
comic performer, 1580s, from French zani, from Italian zani, zanni "a zany, clown," originally Zanni, Venetian dialect variant of Gianni, pet form of Giovanni "John." A stock character in old comedies, he aped the principal actors.
1869, from zany (n.). Related: Zanily; zaniness.
Amusingly or ridiculously strange (1918+)