straight man
noun Date: 1923 a member of a comedy team who feeds lines to a partner who in turn replies with usually humorous quips

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  • straight man — the man who is not joking, the man who is honest or natural    When I began in comedy, my straight man was Jason. He would ask honest questions and I would give funny answers …   English idioms

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