court jester

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court jester:

see foolfool
or court jester,
a person who entertains with buffoonery and an often caustic wit. In all countries from ancient times and extending into the 18th cent., mental and physical deformity provided amusement.
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Everyone is bringing their own food and drink and the parish council have paid for a court jester, The Fool Monty, to provide the entertainment.
Rigoletto the court jester becomes the Duke's trusty VP and hated by the workers.
The Court Jester turned out to be as nutty as a fruit cake, courtiers were being paid peanuts and guards were as useless as a chocolate kettle, people were running around like headless chickens, the King was frightened that he would be cooked alive, but when the Queen returned she was as cool as a cucumber when she remarked that the reason why the Prince was upset was that he was missing one vital ingredient--his spoon
10 Chepstow William Somers was the best-known court jester of Henry VIII.
The classic pantomime tale will be told by upand-coming actress Kate Mellors, as Snow White, comedienne Pauline Daniels as the wicked queen, and DJ Pete Price as court jester.
He takes his father's caravan and talking buffalope Max on a trip across the plains to Keladon, a richer, bigger kingdom than his own village in hopes of finding a job as court jester to King Septimus.
A white handprint covered half his face, giving him the look of a very serious court jester.
To most people in the West the court jester is a European phenomenon.
At some point in our history we thought it was OK to stand up and be the court jester a la Paul Lynde," says Graden.
Robert Shillman showed up for our interview in the brilliantly colored outfit of a court jester or the crisp white uniform of a Good Humor man.
Sudjic suggests that 'the fashionable domestic architect [has] turned into a court jester for the affluent'.
The clown, unlike the traditional court jester, usually performs a set routine characterized by broad, graphic humor, absurd situations, and vigorous physical action.