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A farce, or slapstick humor, does well universally. ...
by John Ratzenberger

A farce, or slapstick humor, does well universally.
- John Ratzenberger

I have been raising money for the past 14 years for diabetes research.
- John Ratzenberger

There are technologies you couldn't predict at all when I started.
- John Ratzenberger

You'll be tested every single day.
- John Ratzenberger

 

In L.A., though, people get off busses calling themselves actors,
so many are really not professionals.
- John Ratzenberger

I'd never been to acting school, so I never thought I'd get this far.
- John Ratzenberger

Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together.
- John Ratzenberger

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I've turned down projects based on raunchiness before.
- John Ratzenberger

Diabetes affects my family.
One of my kids is affected by it.
- John Ratzenberger

Hollywood has lost touch with their audience a long time ago.
- John Ratzenberger

To them, the real United States is just flyover country.
- John Ratzenberger

Before 1972, no actors got residuals.
They just got paid.
No residuals.
- John Ratzenberger

When I go to the garage to pick up my clubs,
I clean the spider webs off.
- John Ratzenberger

Sure, the comedians who swear or use scatological humor can get laughs,
but they're uncomfortable laughs.
- John Ratzenberger

Two days later I got a call that they wanted to try
out the character for seven episodes.
Eleven years and 22 Emmys later, Cliff was still sitting at that bar.
- John Ratzenberger

But from what I can see all around me today,
that America is fading fast, if it's not already gone.
- John Ratzenberger

From what I can see, too many kids don't learn pride
in their country anymore.
- John Ratzenberger

I come from Bridgeport, Connecticut and have friends I grew up with there.
- John Ratzenberger

They need to be re-supplied with energy,
and that energy comes from asking not what your country can do for you,
but from what you can do for your country.
- John Ratzenberger

So many people aren't ready for Hollywood -
professionally or practically.
- John Ratzenberger

I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the
media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents
try to instill in their sons and daughters.
- John Ratzenberger

I always played a soldier, sailor, or policemen.
- John Ratzenberger

You've got to write for your audience.
- John Ratzenberger

So many actors have sheer guts, will,
and determination; they just need some preparation.
- John Ratzenberger

In fact, my son learned his first swear word from E.T.
at age five.
The way I look at it, E.T.
stole a bit of my son's childhood.
- John Ratzenberger

After all, at end of the day, when you're breathing your last,
it's not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside;
it's your children.
Keep that in mind.
- John Ratzenberger

On my visits back home, if they saw that I was getting a big head,
they'd let me know right away.
- John Ratzenberger

I started improvising the Cliff character,
based on someone I grew up with.
- John Ratzenberger

It appalls me that the people who decide what Americans
will be watching on the tube have never been to the United States.
Not the real United States.
- John Ratzenberger

The pollution they produce, market, sell,
and show to billions around the world is at its core
contemptuous of the country that gave them better lives
than nearly 100 percent of everybody who's ever lived.
And they pass that contempt along for everyone to see.
- John Ratzenberger

There are times over different projects when I've asked
the writers why people are swearing for no good reason.
I tell them that it would be funnier if there weren't these swear words.
- John Ratzenberger

The last thing on my mind was to be an actor,
but I had a crush on a cute girl in the drama department,
so the best thing for me to do was audition,
help out, do carpentry, whatever it took to get me on that project.
- John Ratzenberger

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

A popular government without popular information or
the means of acquiring it,
is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy,
or perhaps both.
- James Madison

It is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues
do not result from the exercise of it's own reason.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to
give themselves importance.
- Jean Anouilh

Farce treats the improbable as probable,
the impossible as possible.
- George P. Baker

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.
- John Mortimer

In fact, it is a farce to call any being virtuous whose
virtues do not result from the exercise of its own reason.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

History repeats itself, first as tragedy,
second as farce.
- Karl Marx

In the best farce to-day we start with some absurd
premise as to character or situation,
but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending.
- George P. Baker

The farce is finished.
I go to seek a vast perhaps.
- Francois Rabelais

Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.
- Arthur Rimbaud

Royal Canadian Air Farce, and I was in three sketches there.
And they wrote some really great stuff for me.
- Trish Stratus

Comedy is unusual people in real situations;
farce is real people in unusual situations.
- Chuck Jones

You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice.
It makes a farce of our idea of equality.
It mocks our pieties.
It doubts our concern.
It questions our commitment.
Because there is no way we can look at what's happening in Africa,
and if we're honest, conclude that it would ever be
allowed to happen anywhere else.
- Bono

You don't know what the Chinese expect in the way of beauty.
The presentation is just a farce.
You come into a room filled with 50 people and they don't talk to you.
There's very little interaction.
- Helmut Jahn

Black Comedy is a farce that is played in the dark,
as you know, with the lights full on.
It's the Chinese convention of reversing light and dark,
and exactly where anybody is at any given moment is the play.
- Peter Shaffer

When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful
discussion of legal issues,
the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce,
and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly
evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public.
- Elena Kagan

The animals that depend on instinct have an inherent
knowledge of the laws of economics and of how to apply them;
Man,
with his powers of reason, has reduced economics to
the level of a farce which is at once funnier and more
tragic than Tobacco Road.
- James Thurber

Comedy is difficult, especially slapstick.
The trick is to have fun while you are performing it.
- Maureen O'Hara

Sometimes you don't want to be a slapstick clown in
order to convey a funny perception of the world.
- Tina Weymouth

I'm not really big on slapstick humor.
I like gentle humor.
- Anjelica Huston

At times we were criticized for doing too much slapstick.
I don't believe in mild comedy, and neither does Lucy.
- Desi Arnaz

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

There is hope for the future because God has a sense
of humor and we are funny to God.
- Bill Cosby

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

One can never speak enough of the virtues,
the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog.
Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
- E. B. White

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is
finding some humor in it.
- Frank Howard Clark

Humor does not diminish the pain - it makes the space around it get bigger.
- Allen Klein

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth,
the air and you.
- Langston Hughes

A joke is a very serious thing.
- Winston Churchill

All I know about humor is that I don't know anything about it.
- Fred Allen

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

One doesn't have a sense of humor.
It has you.
- Larry Gelbart

Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it.
It has some value in gaining and holding attention,
but it has no persuasive value at all.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed
off their earthly pedestals.
- Agnes Repplier


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