Quotes of Comedy

“ 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

“ If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you're going to have a musical comedy administration. ”

- Robert Moses

“ Well I sure had been looking for a comedy for years without any success. ”

- Val Kilmer

“ I can't think of anyone who knew how to play comedy better than Ronnie Barker and I count myself enormously fortunate to have known and worked with him. ”

- Michael Palin

“ 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

“ It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is. ”

- Jack Lemmon

“ Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think. ”

- Horace Walpole

“ All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl. ”

- Charlie Chaplin

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

- Horace Walpole

“ The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel. ”

- James Thurber

“ Comedy is acting out optimism. ”

- Robin Williams

“ Friends applaud, the comedy is finished. ”

- Ludwig van Beethoven

“ Charlie Chaplin's genius was in comedy. He has no sense of humor, particularly about himself. ”

- Lita Grey Chaplin

“ Comedy comes from conflict, from hatred. ”

- Warren Mitchell

“ Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface. ”

- Paul Goodman

“ 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

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

- Christopher Fry

“ Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people. ”

- Angela Carter

“ Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act. ”

- Marty Feldman

“ I always loved comedy, but I never knew it was something you could learn to do. I always thought that some people are born comedians … just like some people are born dentists. ”

- Paul Reiser

“ If people don't want to go to the picture, nobody can stop them. Our comedies are not to be laughed at. ”

- Samuel Goldwyn

“ In comedy, reconcilement with life comes at the point when to the tragic sense only an inalienable difference or dissension with life appears. ”

- Constance Rourke

“ Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. ”

- Sholom Aleichem

“ Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. ”

- Charlie Chaplin

“ Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten. ”

- Stephen Sondheim

“ One can play comedy, two are required for melodrama, but a tragedy demands three. ”

- Elbert Hubbard

“ There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy. ”

- Mark Twain

“ While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously. ”

- Tim Allen

“ It's a very difficult thing to master. I don't think that many people have the light touch that comedy commands. ”

- Beatrice Arthur

“ 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
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