Quotations on Comedy

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You never heard of a comedy team that didn't fight, did you?
- Bud Abbott
(Keywords: Comedy, Fight)

Sometimes I wonder how I got into comedy at all.
- Don Adams
(Keywords: Comedy, Wonder)

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)

Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.
- Woody Allen
(Keywords: Comedy, Drama, Problems)

The difference between tragedy and comedy: Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else, while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else.
- Aaron Allston
(Keywords: Comedy, Difference, Tragedy)

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)

One of my biggest problems with comedy was that I did not understand some of the jokes.
- Desi Arnaz
(Keywords: Comedy, Jokes, Problems)

It doesn't look great if you cancel the reigning Best Comedy Program, you know, you're gonna take a hit from a... from sort of a public relations standpoint.
- Will Arnett
(Keywords: Comedy, Public)

Monty Python crowd; half of them came from Cambridge, and half of them came from Oxford. But, there seems to be this jewel, this sort of two headed tradition of doing comedy, of doing sketches, and that kind of thing.
- Rowan Atkinson
(Keywords: Comedy, Tradition)

There is no essential difference between the material of comedy and tragedy. All depends on the point of view of the dramatist, which, by clever emphasis, he tries to make the point of view of his audience.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Comedy, Difference, Tragedy)

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)

It is really hard to do comedy; it takes a lot of energy and focus. It's rather like music: It's a lot of hitting notes precisely.
- Christine Baranski
(Keywords: Comedy, Energy, Focus)

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)

Well, I have since seen you at Tinkle. It's a comedy show started by David Cross, me and Jon Benjamin. It features a wide variety of acts for all tastes and seasons.
- Todd Barry
(Keywords: Comedy, Seasons, Variety)

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'm traveling the world, ripping rooms apart with my stupendous comedy.
- Todd Barry
(Keywords: Comedy, Traveling, World)

I basically did comedy there for about a year, and then moved to New York. If I had it to do over again, I would have booked myself on the road for at least a year.
- Todd Barry
(Keywords: Comedy, Road)

Friends applaud, the comedy is over.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
(Keywords: Comedy, Friends)

We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy.
- Jill Bennett
(Keywords: Comedy, Lesbian, Romantic)

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

Physical comedy is my favorite thing in the world to do.
- Jason Biggs
(Keywords: Comedy, Favorite, World)

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)

To listen to your own silence is the key to comedy.
- Elayne Boosler
(Keywords: Comedy, Key, Silence)

The one that was most fun was That's My Bush; the part that I did for Comedy Central. That was a hoot. That was more fun that one should be allowed to have.
- Timothy Bottoms
(Keywords: Comedy, Fun)

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)

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
- Mel Brooks
(Keywords: Comedy, Open, Tragedy)

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)

I do comedy shows. I make fun of myself, first of all.
- Steve Burton
(Keywords: Comedy, First, Fun)

I think I've only done one horror movie, Psycho III. That was a walk in the park compared to a romantic comedy.
- Carter Burwell
(Keywords: Comedy, Horror, Romantic)

I own four copies of Robin WIlliams's Live on Broadway comedy special for HBO. One in Wilmington, one in L.A., one in my trailer, and one at my parents' house. I can watch it over and over again and it never gets old. He is the funniest, wittiest man on the planet!
- Sophia Bush
(Keywords: Comedy, Man, Old, Parents)

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)

Anyone can write. But comedy, you've got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas.
- Michael Caine
(Keywords: Comedy, Writing)

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)



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