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A man is talking about a Scottish comedian and what it is like to work with him in a movie:
" He is not on like a comedian, but he is not like entertaining you all the time"

What does this mean?

Thanks a bunch!

  • ewie

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    Hello Caféolé. If I was writing this I'd put that on in inverted commas:
    He's not 'on' like a comedian

    It means that when you meet him in person he just seems perfectly ordinary: he's not 'performing' all the time, he's not on stage even when he's off-stage.
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