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A member of a team of comic performers who plays a supporting role by helping to set up jokes and punch lines through engaging in preparatory dialog with the principal comedian; a foil who plays such a role in theatrical comedy.

For many years Bud Abbott served brilliantly was Lou Costello's deadpan straight man.

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