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Comedy Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Comedy

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Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

Comedy keeps the heart sweet.
- Mark Twain

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

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
- Peter Ustinov

 

Comedy has to be based on truth.
You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end.
- Sid Caesar

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

I never like to do parodies.
I never do.
It's just not my style of comedy.
- Ivan Reitman

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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 mean, I guess I started during the comedy boom,
so it was literally like, on Sunday you could decide
you wanted to be a comic,
and on Monday, you could be on stage.
- Todd Barry

I loved that about her because I knew it would open
the door for a lot of comedy,
because I knew that the conflict would come,
because not many people live like the way she does.
- Jenna Elfman

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

We were the only ones interested in comedy.
Everybody else wanted to be Martin Scorsese.
- Matt Stone

Then you had people who wanted to get into comedy just to get a TV deal.
- Wanda Sykes

Unquestionably, standup comedy is and has always been an art form.
- Shelley Berman

Now people want what the movie was about,
which is violent comedy.
And that's really what The Aristocrats is based on -
what will a family do out of desperation.
- Bob Saget

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

We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.
- Aldous Huxley

There are a hell of a lot of jobs that are scarier than live comedy.
Like standing in the operating room when a guy's heart stops,
and you're the one who has to fix it!
- Jon Stewart

I did sketch comedy for years.
I've always enjoyed it.
- Jamie Farr

To listen to your own silence is the key to comedy.
- Elayne Boosler

It's that I wasn't suited to do the kind of comedy
that these people were coming to hear -
mainstream comedy.
- Larry David

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

Nobody should try to play comedy unless they have a circus going on inside.
- Ernst Lubitsch

A pitfall of making a comedy with a studio-and it's
also an American cultural thing-is that I get tired
of being encouraged to go always for laughs.
- Alexander Payne

I think comedy's something you can't learn.
It's an instinct, which makes it rather elusive.
- Julie Walters

At those times I got into...
I suppose you call it a rut.
I used to do comedy, comedy, comedy and I suddenly
thought I ought to break away from this somehow.
- Val Guest

My comedy is different every time I do it.
I don't know what the hell I'm doing.
- Adam Sandler

I consider a CD or a comedy collection as a record of what I've been doing,
and I try to wrap it up and start new material.
- Kate Clinton

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

Creative comedy is like growing geraniums in a mine field.
- Jerry Stiller

The Comedy Store in LA, it's a really loose room and
it's really dark and creepy and a great place to explore
your own thoughts onstage.
- Joe Rogan

Most modern comedy is crap.
- Adrian Edmondson

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

Comedy is exaggerated realism.
It can be stretched to the almost ludicrous,
but it must always be believable.
- Paul Lynde

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

Yes, they allowed us to play around a lot because,
like we said, the director's such a good comedy director.
- Kevin McDonald

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

I'm trying my hand at writing.
I'm writing a couple of projects for HBO,
a half hour comedy and a miniseries.
- Charles S. Dutton

I had a terrible job letting me do anything that wasn't comedy.
- Val Guest

With While You Were Sleeping, it was so much fun and such a Cinderella story,
that I didn't want to do another romantic comedy.
I wanted to do the opposite.
- Bill Pullman

I love good comedy.
I don't like bad comedy.
- Michael Dorn

Then my first film was something called Cannibal Girls,
which sounds like a horror movie but was actually kind
of a goofy comedy with horror elements.
Like a horror spoof.
- Ivan Reitman

There was really a snobbery from people in film -
they did not want people who had come from television.
It was the poor relation of show business,
and especially situation comedy.
- Sally Field

And then also I think it's harder for women because
comedy is so opposite of being ladylike.
- Wanda Sykes

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

Comedy comes from conflict, from hatred.
- Warren Mitchell

But comedy I'd love to do as much as humanly possible.
- Ben Kingsley

Comedy is acting out optimism.
- Robin Williams

I always loved comedy but I didn't start formally until I was in college.
- Ana Gasteyer

I think people are always looking for a good comedy.
- Catherine Keener

With comedy, you really want to work things out beforehand.
- Tim Matheson

I was never really comfortable doing comedy.
Though it was good the first couple of years,
there were problems, and it became a stifling experience.
I was happy it ended.
- Rick Schroder

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

Doing comedy for film is always a challenge because
you are in the hands of the editor after the fact.
I am hoping I can do some more soon,
I enjoy doing comedy.
- Tim Roth

I do comedy shows.
I make fun of myself, first of all.
- Steve Burton

Jerry Bruckheimer creates comedy, he just doesn't realize because he's a turd.
- Trey Parker

We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy.
- Jill Bennett

The best comedy I ever did was when people didn't know who I was.
- Chevy Chase

My real name is Scott Thompson.
I could have gone by that name, but when I started
doing comedy I thought I needed to go by something
that has a little more of a hook.
- Carrot Top

I'm also doing a special for Comedy Central called Autobiography.
It's going to be a spoof of Biography.
- Kathy Griffin

I do like any kind of project that has both comedy
and drama in it because in life you don't have one
day where everything is funny then the next day everything is dramatic.
- Topher Grace

Comedy is ridiculously hard.
And if the rhythm is not right, if the music or the line is not right,
it's not funny.
- Julianne Moore

In tragedy every moment is eternity;
in comedy,
eternity is a moment.
- Christopher Fry

I was in the Air Force and was a boom operator (in-flight refueling).
I got my comedy start in the Air Force.
- Sinbad

There's so much comedy on television.
Does that cause comedy in the streets?
- Dick Cavett

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

I'd like to do a romantic comedy.
- Aaron Eckhart

I'm a comedian, for God's sake.
Viewers shouldn't trust me.
And you know what? They're hip enough to know they shouldn't trust me.
I'm just doing stand-up comedy.
- Dennis Miller

I really enjoy comedy.
It's a real challenge.
- Ted Levine

I value comedy.
I value somebody who can be funny.
- James L. Brooks

When you are the lead in a romantic comedy,
you have to worry about people really liking you.
- Morris Chestnut


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