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    MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    What do you call a talk (by the performer) between songs in a concert?
    For example, when a British singer had a show in Japan, he said 'thank you for coming' and he talked about cherry blossomes he saw here.

    Is it called an 'MC'? We call it MC in Japanese language, but it doesn't seem to be a correct expression when used in English language.

    I know MC is a short for Master of Ceremonies and the meaning from dictionaries:
    1. Someone who introduces guests or performers at a social or public occasion
    2. the person in a rap group who holds the microphone and says the words to the songs

    So, if you don't call it MC, what do you call it?
    I'd appreciate it if you could show me examples of how to it as a noun and a verb.
    Thank you.

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    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkie9 View Post
    What do you call a talk (by the performer) between songs in a concert?
    For example, when a British singer had a show in Japan, he said 'thank you for coming' and he talked about cherry blossomes he saw here.

    Is it called an 'MC'? We call it MC in Japanese language, but it doesn't seem to be a correct expression when used in English language.

    I know MC is a short for Master of Ceremonies and the meaning from dictionaries:
    1. Someone who introduces guests or performers at a social or public occasion
    2. e person in a rap group who holds the microphone and says the words to the songs

    So, if you don't call it MC, what do you call it?
    I'd appreciate it if you could show me examples of how to it as a noun and a verb.
    Thank you.
    I don't think there is a word for that in English.

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    #3

    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    Thank you. So how do you describe it? Just 'a talk'?

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    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    So, it was a concert interspersed with short conversational interludes in order to build a rapport with the audience.

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    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    We don't use a noun for this. We'd just say something like, "hH talked/chatted to the audience between his numbers".

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    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    An MC would not be the main artist here. You could talk about their patter.

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    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    An MC would not be the main artist here. You could talk about their patter.
    That's the word! I was thinking "banter" but that's two-way.

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    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    An MC would not be the main artist here. You could talk about their patter.
    I've always thought of patter as more like scripted speech, like what you'd hear a snake-oil salesman say. I suppose it fits for an MC or performer too, if it's not spontaneous.

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    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I've always thought of patter as more like scripted speech, like what you'd hear a snake-oil salesman say. I suppose it fits for an MC or performer too, if it's not spontaneous.
    I imagine a lot of entertainers say just about the same thing between songs every night they perform.

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    #10

    Re: MC? (A talk between songs in a concert)

    "Banter" is what came to my mind too.

    I see what you mean about it being two way, but the audience is probably roaring back at the performer, so it's sort of two-way.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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