Quotations on Comedy

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I started out with comedy in college, but had my major in Recreation Administration - which meant I wasn't going to get a real job - so I started doing a little standup.
- Carlos Alazraqui
(Keywords: College, Comedy, Job, Recreation)

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem
(Keywords: Life, Dream, Comedy, Fool, Poor, Tragedy)

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
(Keywords: Work, Comedy, Teaching)

We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.
- Fred Allen
(Keywords: History, Time, Age, Comedy, First, Jokes, Living, Machine)

It's a lot of work and I also feel like I've done it. I miss comedy. And I also think that, from purely a logistical standpoint, that the day-to-day schedule on a comedy allows you to have a life, much more of a life, than on a drama.
- Adam Arkin
(Keywords: Work, Life, Comedy, Day, Drama)

An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa.
- Desi Arnaz
(Keywords: Actor, Comedy, Drama, Vice)

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
(Keywords: Funny, Truth, Comedy, Wrong)

Jackass: The Movie is great. I think it's in the tradition of physical comedy, which I'm really interested in. Its relationship to gravity, and how gravity acts on the body.
- Matthew Barney
(Keywords: Body, Comedy, Gravity, Tradition)

People don't understand that that's really what it is. They're looking for a magic phone number or something. And to a certain extent, I understand that, because comedy is treated so much as a stepping stone by a lot of people.
- Todd Barry
(Keywords: People, Comedy, Magic)

I would call it a comedy variety show. We have some people just doing straight standup. We usually try to have one musical act of sort. So its just people being funny in different ways, not just sketch, not just standup, not just characters, all of those things.
- Todd Barry
(Keywords: Funny, People, Act, Being, Comedy, Variety)

I will always love to perform standup comedy.
- Shelley Berman
(Keywords: Love, Comedy, Will)

You always draw on your experiences with live audiences to know how to do comedy on films. You're working for a laugh that may or may not come six months later, but you're working in a vacuum at the time you are doing it.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: Time, Audiences, Comedy, May, Months)

The male image has been so pulled down by situation comedy in the last 15 years, it is frightening. I don't like what has happened to the American male.
- Bill Bixby
(Keywords: American, Comedy, Years)

The English can be a very critical, unforgiving people, but criticism can be good. And this is a country that loves comedy.
- Bjork
(Keywords: People, Comedy, Country, Criticism, English)

And the sad truth is that nobody wants me to write comedy. The Exorcist not only ended that career, it expunged all memory of its existence.
- William Peter Blatty
(Keywords: Truth, Career, Comedy, Existence, Memory)

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Humor, Comedy, Hurt, Laughter, Pain, Tragedy)

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
(Keywords: Work, Time, Opportunity, Comedy, Risk)

I love John Irving's stuff. It's that marriage of comedy and tragedy. It's really terrific.
- Jeff Bridges
(Keywords: Love, Marriage, Comedy, Tragedy)

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
(Keywords: Muslim, Comedy, Language, Word, Words)

I value comedy. I value somebody who can be funny.
- James L. Brooks
(Keywords: Funny, Comedy, Value)

I love romantic comedy, but I think you have to have another idea that you're chasing along with romantic comedy.
- James L. Brooks
(Keywords: Love, Idea, Comedy, Romantic)

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.
- Mel Brooks
(Keywords: People, Chance, Comedy, Rhetoric)

The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it... try to fake three laughs in an hour - ha ha ha ha ha - they'll take you away, man. You can't.
- Lenny Bruce
(Keywords: Art, Comedy, Laughter, Man)

I love comedy, so you want to make them happy, make them laugh.
- Delta Burke
(Keywords: Love, Comedy, Want)

Comedy is tragedy plus time.
- Carol Burnett
(Keywords: Time, Comedy, Tragedy)

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
(Keywords: Love, Comedy, Martin, Variety, Writers)

Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
- Sid Caesar
(Keywords: Truth, Comedy, End)

Theo does comedy now, and he's traveling around the country doing comedy, and I actually just saw him, he's from Louisiana, and I just saw him when I went home to visit my family in Louisiana. I saw his comedy show and he was brilliant.
- Trishelle Cannatella
(Keywords: Family, Home, Comedy, Country, Now, Traveling, Visit)

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
(Keywords: Music, People, Chance, Comedy, Fans)

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: People, Comedy, Tragedy)

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
- Dick Cavett
(Keywords: Cause, Comedy, Television)

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Keywords: Character, Comedy, Fool)

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
- Charlie Chaplin
(Keywords: Life, Comedy, Tragedy)

Charlie Chaplin's genius was in comedy. He has no sense of humor, particularly about himself.
- Lita Grey Chaplin
(Keywords: Humor, Genius, Comedy, Sense)

When you are the lead in a romantic comedy, you have to worry about people really liking you.
- Morris Chestnut
(Keywords: People, Comedy, Romantic, Worry)

When the target audience is American teenage kids, you can have problems. My generation prized really fine acting and writing. Sometimes you have to go back to the basic principles which underpin great visual comedy.
- John Cleese
(Keywords: Acting, American, Comedy, Kids, Principles, Problems, Teenage, Writing)

I want to write a book which is the history of comedy.
- John Cleese
(Keywords: History, Comedy, Want)

I never thought of myself in comedy at all... I loved going to the theatre and seeing people wearing beautiful clothes come down the staircase and start to dance.
- Imogene Coca
(Keywords: Thought, People, Dance, Clothes, Comedy, Theatre)

As a kid I was short and only weighed 95 pounds. And though I was active in a lot of Sports and got along with most of the guys, I think I used comedy as a defense mechanism. You know making someone laugh is a much better way to solve a problem than by using your fists.
- Tim Conway
(Keywords: Sports, Comedy, Defense)

I've known Harvey for over 40 years and I worked with him on the Burnett show for 11 years. I guess you could say we're about as close as you can get to being a comedy team.
- Tim Conway
(Keywords: Being, Comedy, Years)

As for Tenacious D, of course it could work as a full length movie; all it requires is a great writer and great director with an ability to think outside of conventional film comedy.
- David Cross
(Keywords: Work, Ability, Comedy, Film, Writer)

John was the smartest and most amazing comedian I've ever worked with. I think more than teaching me about acting or comedy, he taught me about life and the love of people and respect of people.
- Kaley Cuoco
(Keywords: Life, Love, People, Acting, Comedy, Respect, Teaching)

I love physical kinds of comedy and getting down and dirty and doing stunts. When I was growing up, I was always getting into fights with guys and usually punching out boys my age because I was a lot bigger and tougher. So I'm naturally accustomed to putting myself into the headspace of a girl who can take care of herself.
- Cameron Diaz
(Keywords: Age, Love, Boys, Care, Comedy, Growing up)

I'm a big fan of Albert Brooks, Nichols and May. I'd like to follow in their footsteps and do comedy films.
- Illeana Douglas
(Keywords: Brooks, Comedy, Footsteps, May)

I love sketch comedy. My real goal is to do something with Albert Brooks. That would be my fantasy. I stay up night and day thinking up stuff he might find funny.
- Illeana Douglas
(Keywords: Funny, Love, Goal, Brooks, Comedy, Day, Fantasy, Night, Thinking)

My favorite work is The Full Monty because I got an Oscar for it. But it was really hard work at the time. Sometimes comedy is not a bundle of laughs to actually do.
- Anne Dudley
(Keywords: Work, Time, Comedy, Favorite, Hard work)

Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.
- Will Durst
(Keywords: Fear, Hope, Anxiety, Comedy, Contempt, Defiance, Laughter)

Oh, well, my first love is comedy or singing and dancing.
- Dick Van Dyke
(Keywords: Love, Comedy, Dancing, First, First love, Singing)

When I first started acting, I started in opera and had a great desire to play grand, tragic characters. I got sidetracked in musical theater and ended up doing a lot of comedy.
- Leslie Easterbrook
(Keywords: Acting, Comedy, Desire, First, Opera, Play, Theater)

If a movie isn't a hit right out of the gate, they drop it. Which means that the whole mainstream Hollywood product has been skewed toward violence and vulgar teen comedy.
- Roger Ebert
(Keywords: Teen, Comedy, Hollywood, Right, Violence)



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