Comedy Quotes



Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think. - Jean de la Bruyere

 

The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theatre has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen. - Henri Matisse

God writes a lot of comedy, the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny. - Garrison Keillor

 

The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy. - Oscar Wilde

 

We are a nation that has always gone in for the loud laugh, the wow, the belly laugh and the dozen other labels for the roll 'em in-the-aisles gagerissimo. This is the kind of laugh that delights actors, directors and producers, but dismays writers of comedy because it is the laugh that often dies in the lobby. - James Thurber

 

It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is. - Jack Lemmon

 

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. - Charlie Chaplin

 

We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look. - Aldous Huxley

 

While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously. - Tim Allen

 

Together with script writers Syd green and Dick Hills, we worked on the comedy ideas for this series.-Eric Morecambe

 

Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy.-Amanda Seyfried

 

And you can't hide in a comedy scene either. You have to give in to the scene and commit.-Jennifer Garner

 

I love doing comedy - I get a laugh out of it, it's not so serious.-Carmen Electra

 

It's a director's job to tell a story and he's very well versed in telling stories with a bit of comedy in them and keeping the pace of the movie right and that's exactly what he did. He was observant of a world he didn't understand but he told a wonderful story.-Cuba Gooding, Jr.

 

I was a failed actor but I still wanted to show off, so I ended up doing live comedy.-Graham Norton

 

Stand-up comedy and poverty. Those were my two main endeavors.-Dave Foley

 

I just thought it could make a really cool movie. It's not that it's just a buddy comedy but it's all about two guys hating each other and towards the end they're good friends. I liked that these two guys were best friends from the very beginning, and they're crazy.-Sean William Scott

 

Why would they have gone to the trouble to hire the best comedy writers in the business to write funny material for us to play straight, if the children in our audience were the only audience.-Burt Ward

 

Comedy is so hard; it's so much harder than drama. The pacing of it, the energy of it.-Josh Lucas

 

Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich, astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy, magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking ride along Chicago's mean streets.-Sara Paretsky

 

I think it would be harder for me not to write comedy because the comic view of things is the one that comes most naturally to me.-Richard Russo

 

If you work at comedy too laboriously, you can kill what's funny in the joke.-Richard Russo

 

Don't get me wrong, there are sometimes if I go and see a really funny comedy, that I wished I had smoked a joint. I'll be honest with you. That's the truth.-Stephen Baldwin

 

I've always been part of comedy. One of the things about our family was that if we were reasonably funny with each other, particularly my two brothers and myself, when my father was upset with something you'd want to make sure in some way you made him laugh. Because when he didn't laugh, you were in trouble!-Leslie Nielsen

 

You can (be a middle-aged comic) if you work very hard at it, because comedy is really hard.-Andrew Denton

 

The violence or the vaudeville style of comedy is a technique all by itself. You get up there, and you are a comedian, and you're doing one thing. That is, you're going to make the audience laugh.-Leslie Nielsen

 

I like that kind of 'straight-faced' comedy. I like to be straight-faced and outrageous.-Leslie Nielsen

 

I started writing this feature comedy in New York - a Chris Farley vehicle. The script was decent. When I got to LA, I met some new friends in film school and had them read my script and give me notes.-David Steinberg

 

Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.-Christopher Fry

 

I like comedy, I love it very much, I love laughing.-Khandi Alexander

 

I feel that the work that I have done in the comedy arena, is priceless in terms of what I learned, timing, everything that these incredibly talented performers were generous enough in teaching me.-Khandi Alexander

 

This hiatus coming up I'm looking at a comedy because I need the balance.-Khandi Alexander

 

You must realize that honorary degrees are given generally to people whose SAT scores were too low to get them into schools the regular way. As a matter of fact, it was my SAT scores that led me into my present vocation in life, comedy.-Neil Simon

 

When Kubrick decided to go the black comedy route with his movie, he thought of me to give it that flavor.-Terry Southern

 

Clearly romantic comedy is my franchise genre, I don't mind saying that, it's true. I love doing them and hopefully always will do them.-Meg Ryan

 

Even if you didn't see the movie, you'd see two words you'd never seen put together before - comedy and Muslim. Comedy is friendly - it's the least offensive word in our language.-Albert Brooks

 

All the jokes in my films, the comedy, they're not me, I just try to hold a big mirror up to us.-Yahoo Serious

 

I thought people would ask me really personal questions because I've shown more of myself, but it's a comedy, and people understand that it's a game we play.-Charlotte Gainsbourg

 

I love a good laugh as well, I think that's so important in life, which is probably why I've dabbled in comedy writing as well as horror. I think if you can make someone laugh or smile it's the most special thing in the world.-Paul Kane

 

This is my chance to get out there and appease the fans of my music as well as show people that I do do standup comedy because a lot of people don't know that's where I started.-Nick Cannon

 

Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself - with a smile.-J. B. Priestley

 

I get all of my comedy from CNN.-Rob Corddry

 

The original Dean Martin Comedy Hour handed me some hysterical sketches. I've got highlights on tons of these variety shows, given to me by their great writers. I'd love to be doing all that again.-Ruth Buzzi

 

I got everybody on my side through comedy.-Ruth Buzzi

 

Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time.-Artie Lange

 

There's nothing more difficult to do than comedy.-Robert Evans

 

Well I sure had been looking for a comedy for years without any success.-Val Kilmer

 

Because it's uncensored cable, I think we'll be able to do the kind of sketch comedy that really hasn't been seen before. We can actually finish jokes.-Aries Spears

 

There's got to be structure and great comedy. When you start with that, everything else falls into place.-Aries Spears

 

It takes intelligence to make real comedy, and it takes a reality base to create all that little stuff I like to do that makes you giggle inside.-Chris Tucker

 

Improvisation is almost like the retarded cousin in the comedy world. We've been trying forever to get improvisation on TV. It's just like stand-up. It's best when it's just left alone. It doesn't translate always on TV. It's best live.-Amy Poehler

 

Comedy is obviously a matter of personal taste and the world always needs a clown and some people have no taste at all and any clown will do.-Marc Maron

 

The development of the comedy club industry destroyed the uniqueness and intimacy of the profession but it also created jobs for comics and bred some great performers.-Marc Maron

 

I love comedy, so you want to make them happy, make them laugh.-Delta Burke

 

In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved. Comedy is just tragedy reversed.-Wislawa Szymborska

 

A straight factor is important in any comedy, because you need something to tee it up and also to ground it.-Jason Bateman

 

Dark comedy is very difficult. You have to bring the audience in and push them away at the same time.-Pierce Brosnan

 

I learned everything that I know about comedy and about show business and a lot about life from Carl.-Dick Van Dyke

 

Oh, well, my first love is comedy or singing and dancing.-Dick Van Dyke

 

I'd love to do acting, but it'd definitely have to be comedy. I can't do serious. It's completely beyond me.-Allan Carr

 

About 25 years ago, I was in an apartment, and next door, they put on the radio, so I struck the wall with my fist, but they did not put the radio down. I took a tool and banged until I made a hole through the wall. It was like a comedy movie.-Klaus Kinski

 

I want to do drama, light comedy, the whole range.-Bobby Darin

 

I love John Irving's stuff. It's that marriage of comedy and tragedy. It's really terrific.-Jeff Bridges

 

Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act.-Marty Feldman

 

Without comedy as a defense mechanism I wouldn't be able to survive.-Garry Shandling

 

I had always fancied a go at the comedy and when it started to go reasonably well and the opportunity arose for me to move into it full time, I just couldn't turn it down. I just took the risk, and I just wanted to see if it would work and thankfully it did.-Jo Brand

 

It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.-Jack Lemmon

 

The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.-Laurence Olivier

 

Honestly we never lied to people about who we were. Usually the wackier interviews came to pass because the interview subjects, aware that we were Comedy Central, just wanted to get their stories out.-Mo Rocca

 
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