Zanni or Zani is a character type of Commedia dell'arte best known as an astute servant and trickster. The Zanni comes from the countryside. The Zanni is known to be a “dispossessed immigrant worker”. Throughout time, the Zanni grew to be a popular figure who were first seen in commedia as early as the fourteenth century. It is the origin of the adjective "zany", meaning "bizarrely comical".

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