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I thought 'Borat' was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn't some studio-produced script with 14 writers.
The Four Levels of Comedy: Make your friends laugh, Make strangers laugh, Get paid to make strangers laugh, and Make people talk like you because it's so much fun.
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.
Yeah, well I've always played comedy. My background is musical comedy theatre and that's really where my training is. As an actor, that's my training.
A great production of a black comedy is better than a mediocre production of a comedy of errors.
Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.
People who do comedy are always underrated because they make it look so easy.
I could be the Greta Garbo of comedy, very secluded, but Garbo had a man who was beyond rich to support her.
You know, crankiness is at the essence of all comedy.
Well, all comedy starts with anger. You get angry, and its never for a good reason, right? You know its not a good reason. And then you try and work it from there.
There are a hell of a lot of jobs that are scarier than live comedy. Like standing in the operating room when a guy's heart stops, and you're the one who has to fix it!
The secret of writing comedy is to know where it's all going, then get ahead of it.
If you play it straight it's funny - the best comedy is always played straight down the middle. The adjustment is understanding from the screenplay that a moment is hilarious.
But long story short, I didn't start doing stand-up because I wanted to have a TV show or be an actor or even wanted to write sketch comedy. I got into stand-up because I love stand-up.
To me, comedy is a game.
I started being a comedy fan when I was, I'm going to guess, like 5 or 6 years old.
Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.
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.
By the time I was 7 or 8, I wanted to be a comedy writer.
A comedy club is a place where you work out material, you're trying material.
Most parts in comedy, they're not really written for men. They're written for, like, these boy-men.
I'll go back to comedy clubs when they get a real no-camera policy, the same way they did with smoking.
Comedy is a group activity, a verbal orgy.
I love John Irving's stuff. It's that marriage of comedy and tragedy. It's really terrific.
Dying is easy; comedy is hard.
Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy.
You can't study comedy; it's within you. It's a personality. My humor is an attitude.
I am into comedy.
Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited.
When the target audience is American teenage kids, you can have problems. My generation prized really fine acting and writing. Sometimes you have to go back to the basic principles which underpin great visual comedy.
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