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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.
~ James Thurber

 

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The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men, a pledge of sanity, and a protection from those perverse tendencies and gloomy insanities in which fine intellects sometimes lose themselves. A rogue alive to the ludicrous is still convertible. If that sense is lost, his fellow-men can do little for him.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

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

 

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Though it make the unskillful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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Today's comedian has a cross to bear that he built himself. A comedian of the older generation did an ''act'' and he told the audience, ''This is my act.'' Today's comic is not doing an act. The audience assumes he's telling the truth. What is truth today may be a damn lie next week.
~ Lenny Bruce

 

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We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.
~ Fred A. Allen

 

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We mustn't complain too much of being comedians -- it's an honorable profession. If only we could be good ones the world might gain at least a sense of style. We have failed -- that's all. We are bad comedians, we aren't bad men.
~ Graham Greene

 

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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.
~ FrantOis Truffaut

 

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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

 

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