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1. A bottom fish.
a. A spectator in the cheap standing-room section of an Elizabethan theater.
b. A person with uncultivated tastes.
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1. (Biology) any animal or plant that lives close to the ground or at the bottom of a lake, river, etc
2. (Theatre)
a. (in Elizabethan theatre) a spectator standing in the yard in front of the stage and paying least
b. a spectator in the cheapest section of any theatre
3. (Aeronautics) a person on the ground as distinguished from one in an aircraft
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(ˈgraʊnd lɪŋ)

1. a plant or animal that lives close to the ground or at the bottom of the water.
2. a person of unsophisticated tastes.
3. a person on the ground rather than in an aircraft.
4. a member of a theater audience sitting in one of the cheaper seats or, in an Elizabethan theater, standing in the pit.
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Noun1.groundling - in Elizabethan theater: a playgoer in the cheap standing section
playgoer, theatergoer, theatregoer - someone who attends the theater
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Also a musical stage actor, Ryan played Lun Tha in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The King and I' and Thuy in 'Miss Saigon.' He has trained at Second City, The Groundlings, and currently studies under renowned acting coach, Saxon Trainor.
Inside the theater, two or three levels of roofed galleries can accommodate up to 560 spectators, but in the so-called yard into which the stage extends, there is space enough for 340 of those people whom Hamlet referred to scornfully as "groundlings." In truth, those are the best seats in the house, though it costs cheaper to be on the floor.
Not long after Chris was labeled one of the improv group Groundlings' "must-see" performers in the company, he was cast on SNL--and within the first six weeks, Chris's film career also took off.
Before starring in her hit movies, she studied in New York and then joined the legendary Los Angeles comedy troupe The Groundlings, spending nine years as a main-stage member.
To understand better the thickening plot, we groundlings watching the unfolding drama want more of Duterte's stream of consciousness revelations, more of his unburdening that allows a closer scan of his subconscious.
She also wants to leave behind the social stratum she's dubbed "the groundlings" and carve out a place among the "silk hats," where her former best friend, Maddie, and Twinkle's longtime crush, Neil, are counted as members.
After college, the actress headed out to Los Angeles and eventually started working with the famed Groundlings (Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, ( Kristen Wiig and more are alums).
Taking to the stage at this special event will be The Sabrejets, Thee Dirt Byrds, The Groundlings and Madhouse.
I took improv classes at the Groundlings, so we balance each other quite nicely.
He joined an improvisational comedy troupe called The Groundlings. He participated in many roles in the comedic community such as a philandering husband named Moses Feldman, an Indian chief named Jay Longtoe, and Pee-Wee Herman.
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