Word + Quiz: gravitas

gravitas ˈgra-və-ˌtäs , -ˌtas noun

: formality in bearing and look

The phrase gravitas has appeared in 70 articles on NYTimes.com up to now yr, together with on Jan. 31 within the On Comedy column “Instead of Killer Punchlines, Killer Choruses” by Jason Zinoman:

Cohen is a part of a resurgence of younger comics making jokes you may hum, the most recent to hitch a protracted custom that features stars from Steve Martin to Weird Al Yankovic. These days, comics are singing virtually each night time of the week at intimate areas like Union Hall, Caveat and Club Cumming, full of the type of 20-something audiences that New York theater has lengthy courted (principally unsuccessfully).

… While Cohen’s act is extra like a musical that breaks into music when the characters want to precise one thing extra emotional, Owens is at his finest when he rapidly jumps proper right into a music. Of all of the comedians who sing, he has probably the most virtuosic voice, a robust, nimble instrument that may inject a canopy of the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme with an ominous depth or imbue a ballad to Oprah Winfrey with the type of gravitas that would make you weep.

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