This article is from the Stand-up Comedy FAQ, by Steven Rosenthal and Steve Silberberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) with numerous contributions by others.
A. "Comedian: a breed of human being who, without benefit of a steady job,
adequete plane fare or a social life, traverses the globe attempting to
impart upon the masses his/her warped, intricate and often beguiled point
of view while living from brown paper bags, overnight cases and on stale
donuts and coffee."