A MASTER OF CEREMONIES, abbreviated M.C. or EMCEE, also called COMPèRE and ANNOUNCER, is the official host of a ceremony , a staged event or similar performance.
The term is earliest documented in the
The master of ceremonies sometimes also refers to the protocol officer during an official state function, especially in monarchies .
Today, the term (for a male or its female equivalent: Commere) often connotes a master of ceremonies who presents performers, speaks to the audience, entertains people, and generally keeps a contemporary event moving. As such, the term occurs in entertainment industry, including for television game show hosts, as well as in contemporary hip hop and electronic dance music culture, where MCs refer to rap artists or performers who perform vocals for their own original material.
In addition, the term also exists in various chivalric orders and fraternal orders .
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The term originated in the
The office of the Master of Ceremonies itself is very old. According
At a large Catholic church or cathedral, the Master of Ceremonies organizes and rehearses the proceedings and ritual of each Mass . He may also have responsibility for the physical security of the place of worship during the liturgy. At major festivities such as Christmas and Easter, when the liturgies are long and complex, the Master of Ceremonies plays a vital role in ensuring that everything runs smoothly.
"Master of Ceremonies". from the book Persia by Frederic Shoberl , 1828
Historically certain European royal courts maintained senior offices known as Masters of Ceremonies (or some variant thereof), responsible for conducting stately ceremonies such as coronations and receptions of foreign ambassadors. Examples included:
* Spanish Empire: Maestro de Ceremonias
* British Empire:
Master of the Ceremonies
Grand Master of Ceremonies
* Japan: Master of Ceremonies
* Russian Empire: see
Table of Ranks
The function is prevalent in the culture of chivalric orders , as
well as in more modern fraternal orders , such as
Most large Corporate & Association conferences and conventions use an
MC to keep the events running smoothly. This role is sometimes
performed by someone inside the group but usually by an outside
professional expert MC. Their role could include - introducing and
thanking speakers, introducing the theme of the conference,
facilitating a panel discussion ">
Main article: Rapping
In the late 1970s, the term emcee, MC or M.C. became an alternative title for a rapper and for their role within hip hop music and culture. However, initially M.C.'s were those who introduced the DJ s to the crowd and explained what was taking place during the event. Often these events were parties at locations such as clubs or outdoor public spaces. The term is often used as a term of distinction, referring to an artist with good performance skills. An MC focuses on skills, lyrical ability, and subject matter. Performers using "MC" in their stage names include:
Father MC , the stage name for American rapper Timothy Brown
MC Breed , the stage name for American rapper Eric Breed
See also: Warm-up comedian
In the context of a comedy club , the role of MC is traditionally
filled by a "compère". In any comedy show, the compère is the host
of the evening's events, but the precise role and responsibilities
will vary depending on the country, venue and style of event. The
compère is usually a working comedian, and whilst they may
incorporate elements of their regular set, the role broadly requires a
greater level of improvisation – creating a sense of place and
community, interacting with the audience, dealing with any hecklers
and encouraging them to focus on the other acts. The compère will
normally do longer bits at the start of the show and after any
interval, and shorter bits between acts. They may also be required to
make announcements, such as birthdays, anniversaries and bar
promotions. Inspired by the compère, the host of
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In some circles the title "Master of Ceremonies" is also known as "Minister of Ceremonies."
In the 1940 Disney film, Fantasia , Deems Taylor is the film's Master of Ceremonies.
* ^ "Catholic Encyclopedia: Ceremonial". Newadvent.org. 1908-11-01.
* ^ Imperial Household Agency: Organization and Functions
* ^ "What is a Corporate MC and what do they do?". expertmc.com.
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* ^ "Wedding Master of Ceremonies". Music on the Strand's DJ
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* ^ Harper, Douglas. "emcee".
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