second banana


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Synonyms for second banana

a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian

someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role

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Well, folks, 0304 isn't big band music or Cole Porter, and the lyrics play second banana to Mendez's techno arrangements.
But the unselfish Sandler seems happy to play second banana to Nicholson, who you might think would rather not be seen dead in this kind of mindlessly funny mainstream comedy.
Why do I shed a belated tear over Hart, while the plight of this oft-derided, out-of-power Hoosier second banana leaves me completely dry-eyed?
For weeks the theatrical community has been hearing rumors that Reagan would soon seek to retaliate against the entertainment industry for all those years when he had to play second banana to an ape, and to avenge himself for the spurious celebrity accorded to his mortal enemy, Ron Jr.
Cooper did his share, but he was more of a straight man to her; a second banana who served as a foil (and sometimes a target) for her comedic zingers and stingers
Julia Louis-Dreyfus claimed her second consecutive best comedy actress award for her role as an ambitious political second banana in ''Veep,'' with Jim Parsons again claiming the top comedy acting trophy for ''The Big Bang Theory.
I believe that as Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Jay Pharoah made the transition from featured cast members to repertory players, their levels of confidence and airtime definitely increased, and all of them went from being second banana to important members of SNL.
Keener's performance as Capote's second banana is wonderfully subtle.
Her droll line readings make Dory the funniest animated undersea second banana since The Little Mermaid's crabby crab Sebastian (Samuel E.
Coach Bill (Will Patton) is shattered when he's forced to become second banana to the pioneer school's new black coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington).