Deadpan What does it mean?


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Deadpan is a funny word.  I have always wondered about it. 

Here is some information on deadpan.

Wikipedia has a concise definition of deadpan:

a form of comic delivery where humor is presented without a change in emotion or body language.  Usually the delivery is in a casual, monotone, solemn and mater-of-fact manner.

The person speaking is calm, detached and displays no personal involvement in what is going on.

Research shows that the word deadpan probably first came about in 1928.  The New York Times used the term to describe funny man Buster Keaton. 

In the theater, the face was (and may still be) called the “pan.”  Add dead (as in without expression) and you get deadpan.

EXTRA CREDIT:  The makeup used by actors is called “pancake.”  This term was trademarked by Max Factor in the 1930s.  It consisted of a soluble, matte powder compressed into a thin cake that was applied with a damp sponge. The stuff was sold in a broad pancake-shaped


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