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

 

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

 

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And I did laugh sans intermission an hour by his dial. O noble fool, a worthy fool -- motley's the only wear.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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

 

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Comedy comes from conflict, from hatred.
~ Warren Mitchell

 

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Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.
~ Paul Goodman

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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

 

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I was doing stand-up at a restaurant and there was a chalkboard on the street out front. It said, ''Soup of the Day: Cream of Asparagus. Ellen DeGeneres.''
~ Ellen DeGeneres

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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