In the zany we see an example of creation; in the humorist, of transmission.
The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him.
They sometimes acted the part of a fool or zany (morio), or of a madman.
The explanation of it was that the Shawanoe was a zany or lunatic.
Boswell's Tour of the Hebrides was "the story of a mountebank ...