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interlocutor (noun) – 1. Someone who takes part in a conversation, often formally or officially.
2. The performer in a minstrel show who is placed midway between the end men and engages in banter with them.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1510s, “one who speaks in a dialogue or conversation,” agent noun from Latin interlocut-, past participle stem of interloqui “speak between; interrupt,” from inter “between” + loqui “to speak” (from PIE root *tolkw- “to speak”).

In minstrel shows, the name of a straight-man character (1870) who was the questioner of the end men.