Comedy Quotes

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Comedy Quotes

Comedy naturally wears itself out destroys the very food on which it lives; and by constantly and successfully exposing the follies and weaknesses of mankind to ridicule, in the end leaves itself nothing worth laughing at.

William Hazlitt

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

Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy and a much better training, I think. It’s much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.

Vivien Leigh

Comedy is the ultimate truth. Jazz is hitting the notes that that no one else would hit, and comedy is saying words that no one else would say.

Tommy Chong

The best comedy is always played straight down the middle.

Tom Hiddleston

If you want to make an audience laugh, you dress a man up like an old lady and push her down the stairs. If you want to make comedy writers laugh, you push an actual old lady down the stairs.

Tina Fey

Comedy is a necessity to get through life with the fewest scars. Humor is the best antidote to help relieve all struggles.

Suzy Kassem

To me, comedy is just twisting reality. It’s commenting or observing or twisting life.

Steven Wright

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.

Steven Wright

With comedy, you have no place to go but more comedy, so you’re never off the hook.

Steve Martin

Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.

Steve Martin

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

Sid Caesar

Comedy is acting out optimism.

Robin Williams

In comedy laughter settles all arguments.

Robert McKee

Even in comedies, you’ve got to feel safe for things to just happen in a way that is natural and free, and recognizable as human.

Richard Gere

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Peter Ustinov

Great comedy calls large matters into question.

Penelope Gilliatt

The reason most comedies don’t win awards is that the filmmakers put the comedy first. This means you have to create a story around the jokes.

Paul Feig

The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.


Why is Cloud 9 so amazing? What is wrong with Cloud 8? That joke came off the top of my head, and the top of my head ain’t funny!

Mitch Hedberg

Every book is a children’s book if the kid can read!

Mitch Hedberg

Nothing gives you confidence like being a member of a small, weirdly specific, hard to find demographic.

Mindy Kaling

Comedy is underrepresented in every actor’s life, because it’s so bloody difficult to write.

Michael Caine

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.

Mel Brooks

Comedy is created when someone is trying very earnestly to do what he feels is the right thing to do at that moment.

Madeline Kahn

One of the interesting things about comedy is it’s tension release, and nothing creates tension faster than anger.

Lewis Black

Comedy always works best when it is mean spirited.

John Cleese

Comedy is really not like any other art form in that it’s very specialized and varied in it’s content, but generic in it’s title.

Joe Rogan

I think being successful in comedy is being funny and making jokes – anything beyond that is the icing on the cake.

Jimmy Carr

Make no mistake about why these babies are here they are here to replace us.

Jerry Seinfeld

Comedy is much more challenging, because you have to have the same level of belief but you have to make people laugh, and that’s definitely a challenge.

Jenna Elfman

Comedy was one of those genres that while appearing quite jolly was actually highly dangerous.

Jasper Fforde

Comedy has to be done en clair. You can’t blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.

James Thurber

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

Horace Walpole

Comedy is very controlling you are making people laugh.

Gilda Radner

First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.

George Burns

A comedy isn’t about being funny a comedy is about characters who dare to know that they may choose a happy ending after all.

Gary D. Schmidt

Without comedy as a defense mechanism I wouldn’t be able to survive.

Garry Shandling

Life doesn’t make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy’s job is to point out that it doesn’t make sense, and that it doesn’t make much difference anyway.

Eric Idle

Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else’s expense. And I find that that’s just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else’s feelings.

Ellen DeGeneres

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Dr. Seuss

It seems that two of the most basic forms of comedy are jokes and stories. And, of course, they are not mutually exclusive.

Demetri Martin

Comedy is so fun. I don’t know how these people can make movies and work on them for four months and they’re these sob stories. I don’t know how emotionally you get through that.

Colleen Haskell

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

Christopher Fry

Comedy is so hard to do, so it was very cool to do dead pan humor.

Brittany Daniel

Comedy is incredibly hard. You have to be loose. You have to be not afraid to fail.

Bill Hader

Just because nobody complains doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect.

Benny Hill

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

Comedy is a wonderful device for distance that allows us to look at what we’re talking about with some degree of distance and hopefully with a bit more perspective and honesty. With many exceptions, a movie with no jokes is far less appealing to me.

Alexander Payne

Comedy is difficult for an actor. But I think I have a good sense of humor and manage to make people laugh and make them happy.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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