Depending on the types of jokes and the manner in which they present them, the rare breed called "comedians" is one of the most intelligent types of people you will ever find inhabiting the planet. In a school classroom situation they are always the bright smart arses in the top class.
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One difference between a comedian and a joke is a comedian isn't usually desperate to get respected or taken seriously. Another difference between a comedian and a joke is a comedian is not desperate to come off as someone with a sense of humor. Yet another difference between a comedian and a joke is a comedian doesn't usually try to come off as more than a comedian (sex symbol, action/war junkie, athlete/jock, political activist/world leader, rock star, martial arts fighter, assassin, and so on added on as extra for some comedians).
The comedian just makes people laugh, he/she doesn't claim to be the underdog comedian, the comedian who tries to do work in five different areas so the people who laughed at him would take him seriously, he/she just makes people laugh which is why he/she is funny and some jokes are not.
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