Comedy Quotes

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

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin

The most protean aspect of comedy is its potentiality for transcending itself, for responding to the conditions of tragedy by laughing in the darkness.

Harry Levin

There's more truth in comedy than in tragedy.

Vanna Bonta

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

Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.

Angela Carter

The only thing as bad as bad comedy is bad action. Bad Boys II has plenty of both. In fact, those two things are all it has, unless you count the small helping of bad drama. When it comes to this movie, the word "bad" initially seems highly appropriate. But Bad Boys II isn't just bad it's a catastrophic violation of every aspect of cinema that I as a film critic hold dear. It seems to have been constructed with terms like "unwatchable" and "godawful" as its slogans. There are motion picture failures every year the resumes of Hollywood players are littered with them. But, when something this big a would-be blockbuster with recognizable names in the cast and crew collapses in such a spectacular fashion, it's worth taking note. Think of how many starving children could have been fed with the money that was poured into [director] Michael Bay's latest sinkhole.

James Berardinelli

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

Christopher Fry

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

Horace Walpole

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

The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life.

Oscar Wilde

Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think. It is vital to mourn the victims of this government, but not at the expense of losing our sense of humor. Our ability to laugh directly coincides with our ability to fight. If we make fun of it, we can transcend it.

Moran Margaret Cho

You can think of Hollywood as high school. TV actors are freshmen, comedy actors are maybe juniors, and dramatic actors - they're the cool seniors.

Owen Wilson

The comedy is always the same. In the first act the hero imagines a place where happiness exists. In the second he strives towards that goal. In the third he comes up short or what amounts to the same thing he achieves his goal only to find that happiness lies a little further down the road.

James Branch Cabell

Comedy comes from conflict, from hatred.

Warren Mitchell

Almost every comedy you see is about people making all wrong choices and making all the errors of judgement possible. Good comedy is when it works on this scale. Because it is psychologically very real.

Colin Firth

Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.

Benito Mussolini

There is a point in portraying surface vulgarity where tragedy and comedy are very close.

Barbara Stanwyck

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

When I tried to branch out into comedy, I didn't do very well at it, so I went back to doing what I do naturally well, or what the audience expects from me - action pictures.

Sylvester Stallone

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

The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.

James Thurber

Blonde is dumb comedy, red hair is smart, sexy comedy.

Lisa Kudrow

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 Lemon

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

Horace Walgate

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