Sensational Quotes for Smart People



Sensational Quotes about Humor

and Comedy 


First Top-10 List of Sensational

Humor and Comedy Quotes

#1 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

When humor goes, there goes civilization.
— Erma Bombeck

#2 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody Else.
— Will Rogers

#3 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

Another day gone and no jokes.
— Flann O'Brien

#4 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
— Edward Albee

#5 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

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

#6 of To-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?
— Frank Moore Colby

#7 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
— James Thurber

#8 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

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

#9 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act.
— Marty Feldman

#10 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Humor

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

Second Top-Ten List of Sensational

Quotes about Humor and Comedy

#1 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.
— Charles Schulz

#2 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

Without humour you cannot run a sweet-shop, let alone a nation. 
— John Buchan

#3 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

All humor is based on hostility — that's why World War Two was funny.
— Neil Simon

#4 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

I did not intend to write a funny book, at first. I did not know I was a humorist. I have never been sure about it. In the middle ages, I should probably have gone about preaching and got myself burnt or hanged.
— Jerome K. Jerome

#5 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

The marvellous thing about a joke with a double meaning is that it can only mean one thing.
— Ronnie Barker

#6 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

Humor is, by its nature, more truthful than factual.
— P. J. O'Rourke

#7 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

The world dwindles daily for the humorist ... jokes are fast running out, for a joke must transform real life in some perverse way, and real life has begun to perform the same operation perfectly professionally upon itself.
— Craig Brown

#8 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

That joke was lost on the foreigner — guides cannot master the subtleties of the American joke.
Mark Twain

#9 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
— George Elliot

#10 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Humor

Among all kinds of writing, there is none in which authors are more apt to miscarry than in works of humor, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.
— Josaph Addison

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and Comedy for Smart People 

Note: Also See Funny Retirement Quotes on The Retirement Quotes Cafe:

Retirement humor ain't funny if it's all about you.
— Dave Erhard

The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.
— Sid Caesar

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
— Horace Walpole

Laughter  would be bereaved if snobbery died.
— Peter Ustinov

Laughter is pleasant, but the exertion is too much for me. 
— Thomas Love Peacock

Every day is an opportunity to waste another day — particularly if you don't fill it with humor.
— Dave Erhard

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
— Charlie Chaplin

Sex is Number 1 of my Top-10 joys in retirement. Number 2 is reading How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. I forgot the other eight.
— from Graffiti for the Enlightened Soul

The Three Laws of the Human Existence:
1. There is an explanation for everything
2. All explanations are false
3. The meaning of life is defined by the first two laws
— Mike Slack

I knew nothing about farce until I read [Feydeau's] Puce a l'Oreille, and had no idea what a deadly serious business it is.
— John Mortimer

Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
— Harry S. Truman 

We often laughed at others in our house, and I picked up the craft of being polite while people were present and laughing later if there was anything to laugh about.
— Muriel Spark

Charlie Chaplin's genius was in comedy. He has no sense of humor, particularly about himself.
— Lita Grey Chaplin, Second wife of Charlie Chaplin

I wouldn't have to learn how to control my anger if other people learned how to control their stupidity.
— Unknown funny person.

That's noteworthy, indeed. I will have to add it to my list of other things that I don't give a shit about.
— Unknown funny person

The reason that there are so few women comics is that so few women can bear being laughed at.
— Anna Russell, Anglo American comedienne and singer

The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.
— Thornton Wilder

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.
— Erma Bombeck

There is not one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.
— Joan Rivers

The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
— George Jean Nathan

I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.
— Woody Allen

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
— William Makepeace Thackeray

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 I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Humor is just another defense against the universe.
— Mel Brooks

In democracy both a deep reverence and a sense of the comic are requisite.
— Carl Sandburg

If I get a hard audience they are not going to get away until they laugh. Those seven laughs a minute- I've got to have them.
— Ken Dodd (b. 1931), British comic

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
— Charlie Chaplin

My routines come out of total unhappiness. My audiences are my group therapy.
— Joan Rivers

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.
— Angela Carter

The guy has baggy pants, flat feet, the most miserable, bedraggled-looking little bastard you ever saw; makes itchy gestures as though he's got crabs under his arms- but he's funny.
— Sterling Ford (1883-1939), U.S. comic actor

When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.
— François Truffaut

In Milwaukee last month a man died laughing over one of his own jokes. That's what makes it so tough for us outsiders. We have to fight home competition.
— Robert Benchley

Everyone likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money.
— Arthur Miller

The role of humour is to make people fall down and writhe on the Axminster, and that is the top and bottom of it.
— Alan Coren

Six Secrets to Being a Successful Humorist
1. Be scared, unhappy, and an outcast as a kid.
2. Drop out of high school.
3. Spend time alone.
4. Don't take a comedy course.
5. Read other humorists but don't worship them.
6. Don't get your hopes up.
— Bruce McCall

When you tell an Iowan a joke, you can see a kind of race going on between his brain and his expression.
— Bill Bryson

Freud's theory was that when a joke opens a window and all those bats and bogeymen fly out, you get a marvellous feeling of relief and elation. The trouble with Freud is that he never had to play the old Glasgow Empire on a Saturday night after Rangers and Celtic had both lost.
— Ken Dodd

It's certainly easy to mock some things ... Oddly enough though I've never found it easy to mock anything of value. Only things that are tawdry and fatuous — perhaps it's just me.
— Stephen Fry

It is easy to forget that the most important aspect of comedy, after all, its great saving grace, is its ambiguity. You can simultaneously laugh at a situation, and take it seriously.
— Stehpen Fry

Life is a campus: in a Greenwich Village bookstore, looking for a New Yorker collection, I asked of an earnest-looking assistant where I might find the humour section. Peering over her granny glasses, she enquired, `Humour studies would that be, sir?'
— Keith Wathershouse

As humourless a lump of dough as ever held a torchlight vigil outside the South African Embassy or stuck an AIDS awareness ribbon on an unwilling first-nighter.
— Stephen Fry

A sense of humor reduces people and problems to their proper proportions.
— Anon wise person

Writing TV humor isn't as hard as listening to it.
— Anon wise person

A sense of humor is a test of sanity.
— Anon wise person

Get-well cards have become so humorous that if you don't get sick you're missing a lot of fun.
— Anon wise person

The funniest thing about comedy is that you never know why people laugh. I know what makes them laugh but trying to get your hands on the why of it is like trying to pick an eel out of a tub of water.
— W. C. Fields

Good taste and humour ... are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
— Malcolm Muggeridge

She had a penetrating sort of laugh. Rather like a train going through a tunnel. 
— P. G. Wodehouse

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the atnrv for its humour, the writing is on the wall.
— Alan Bennett 

[Comedy is] the kindly contemplation of the incongruous.
— P. G. Wodehouse

A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
— Ernest Hemingway

A sense of humor enables you to laugh at anything that would make you extremely mad if it happened to you.
— Anon wise person


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