Media Studies

  • noun a comic actor, usually part of a double act, who acts as the butt of most of the jokes


  • noun an innocent stand-in at an identity parade. A term from the jargon of police officers, deriving from the standard colloquial senses of menial, dupe, etc. (The word stooge, which appeared in the USA in the 19th century, is said to be a corruption of ‘studious’ or ‘students’.).


  • A comedian's accomplice who acts as the foil for his jokes,usually by assuming a stupid or naive character. The term is sometimesused as a verb: Time magazine noted in 1946 that "EntertainerDanny Kaye stooged for other entertainers". The chaotic Hollywoodfilm trio The Three Stooges began as comedians' stooges who were oftenplanted in the balconies of vaudeville houses as if regular audiencemembers. A straight man, the serious and sometimes bullyingmember of a two-man comedy act, differs from a stooge in being lessof a victim.