Comedy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old comedy quotes, comedy sayings, and comedy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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

Brittany Daniel

Great comedy calls large matters into question.

Penelope Gilliatt

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

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

Garry Shandling

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

Suzy Kassem

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

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 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 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

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

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

Mitch Hedberg

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

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

Steven Wright

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

Bill Hader

In comedy laughter settles all arguments.     

Robert McKee

Comedy is acting out optimism.

Robin Williams

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

Horace Walpole

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

Benny Hill

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 underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write.     

Michael Caine

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

Steve Martin

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

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

Sid Caesar

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

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

Mel Brooks

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

Jasper Fforde

The best comedy is always played straight down the middle.

Tom Hiddleston

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