- an entertainer who plays the part of a foil for a comic partner.
Origin of straight man
First recorded in 1925–30
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The trait was especially essential for Nathan, a straight-man character Garcia patterned after himself.Will Arnett on ‘The Millers,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ and More
October 2, 2013
- a subsidiary actor who acts as stooge to a comedian