Top 705 Comedy Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Comedy Quotes from famous people such as Dylan Moran, Steve Coogan, Michael Schur, Salma Hayek, Ivan Reitman, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I suppose the best comedy shows do have the rock n' rol

I suppose the best comedy shows do have the rock n’ roll feeling – if it’s a great night, and the roof is raised… yeah, it’s a similar feeling, sure.
Dylan Moran
There’s something quite joyful about doing comedy which doesn’t really need much analysis. I’m not elitist. I like to do crowd-pleasing stuff which is a bit smart, but is just about belly laughs.
Steve Coogan
For storytelling purposes, there has to be conflict, but that doesn’t mean the people have to be mean. I’ve never liked mean-spirited comedy.
Michael Schur
My new movie, Fools Rush In, is a romantic comedy and the girl I play in that is very warm, very sweet.
Salma Hayek
Everybody says how hard comedy is, but, when it comes time to honor things, whether it’s on a weekly critical basis or whether it’s award time, at that time of the year, comedy is the poor, dumb child of dramatic work.
Ivan Reitman
Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.
Mel Brooks
Comedy and music are so similar because it’s all about timing.
Josh Groban
Comedy is exaggerated realism. It can be stretched to the almost ludicrous, but it must always be believable.
Paul Lynde
The one that was most fun was That’s My Bush; the part that I did for Comedy Central. That was a hoot. That was more fun that one should be allowed to have.
Timothy Bottoms
To do comedy, there are so many hurdles one has to cross.
Johnny Lever
Comedy is here to bring joy to the world, whether you want to hear the curse words or not.
Kenan Thompson
My comedy comes from pain. I can’t stand to see someone hurting.
Bernie Mac
I take my fun very seriously, whether it’s playing the drums or acting in comedy bits. The need to be disciplined about it, and not take it lightly, and not be too casual, is something I take deeply to heart.
Max Weinberg
I think comedy has a range, with multiple peaks in different areas. It’s like trying to compare Beethoven and the Beatles. Sometimes I hear from people, ‘I think you try too hard in your comedy.’ And that’s what I worry about.
Bo Burnham
Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Shekhar’s comedies. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin! These artists are so blessed: they can make other people happy.
A. R. Rahman
At one point when I was very young, when I was first starting out, I thought, ‘Well, one day I’ll be able to put all the music away and become a real comedian.’ But then I realized there are amazing musical comedians out there, that musical comedy is probably something I’ll always want to pursue.
Bo Burnham
You’re at the top of your game if you do comedy.
Hector Elizondo
Comedy is so hard; it’s so much harder than drama. The pacing of it, the energy of it.
Josh Lucas
I love physical comedy. I love Oscar Wilde, I love Shakespeare comedies, I love improv.
Elizabeth Banks
I’ve turned arrogance into an artform, where it’s so absurd that it becomes comedy. But I’ve never done anything to hurt anybody or steal from anyone.
John Lydon
Well Washington DC what are you going to do. They think the capitol steps are the state of the art in comedy. You try to drag them into the 20th century let alone the 21st and they refuse to come with you.
Harry Shearer
An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa.
Desi Arnaz
I’m in the mood for another Moonstruck experience, for another romantic comedy.
Norman Jewison
One of the jobs of comedy is to expose hypocrisy. When you look at countries like Iran or North Korea that don’t have freedom of speech, we who do should push it as far as we need to.
Maz Jobrani
I probably prefer comedy. Why? I’m not sure. I feel like the energy of a comedy is a better fit for me. I try to be a happy guy! It seems that most of my life has the energy more for a comedy than for drama. I’m grateful to do both, but I would have to lean towards the comedy side of acting.
Cameron Mathison
Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don’t believe me when I tell them. That’s how I saw myself, in comedy.
Al Pacino
Sometimes, comedy and entertainment is not all about telling jokes; sometimes you just have to be you for a few moments.
Ray William Johnson
I probably get a bit more backlash in Australia than I do in America, to be honest. I was never invited to the Melbourne Comedy Festival because I was too gross, things like that. Which never happened in any other country.
Jim Jefferies
Comedy may be big business but it isn’t pretty.
Steve Martin
It takes up enough of my time and interest just working on comedy. I just enjoy it and love doing it.
Jerry Seinfeld
I feel that the work that I have done in the comedy arena, is priceless in terms of what I learned, timing, everything that these incredibly talented performers were generous enough in teaching me.
Khandi Alexander
Some people think big audiences are crass and that, say

Some people think big audiences are crass and that, say, a comedy that appeals to a wide audience is pandering. Other people would argue that you could say that about Moliere.
Theresa Rebeck
People complain that joking about serious subjects is ‘making light’ of them. Isn’t that a good idea? Comedy lets the air out of the bully’s tires.
Peter Baynham
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 comes from conflict, from hatred.
Warren Mitchell
I enjoy doing these silly little videos, and a lot of stuff online is stuff I actually created for my live comedy shows.
Tom Lenk
Unquestionably, standup comedy is and has always been an art form.
Shelley Berman
The funny thing is, Dennis Miller got me back into comedy.
Tommy Chong
I’m not interested in parts where they are looking for a good-looking guy. I want to be a weird little sidekick in a crazy comedy and then play like a dark drama or a thriller.
Alexander Skarsgard
I think that for the most part, when I started doing comedy, it had become very commercialized.
Larry David
I buy flowers for myself all the time. I’m comedy’s Elton John.
Joe Lycett
Comedy is a very approval-oriented field.
Dave Chappelle
I had a great time being a salesman because of the pitches that I gave when I was selling shoes. However, I don’t think I’m as well versed in shoes as I am in comedy. Being a salesman was all about being a people person, and I enjoy being around people. I also love talking to people – which is why I think I did so well.
Kevin Hart
I like to see love stories: romantic comedy or romantic drama.
Pia Zadora
It’s a great counter to doing the soap because it’s a comedy. It’s real physical comedy.
Corbin Bernsen
I love insane, stupid comedy, but I can only make it work if it’s a character I can give some history to and make real. Like the guy I played in ‘Little Miss Sunshine.’ He’s a maniac, but to me he was absolutely believable.
Alan Arkin
The kinds of shows that seem to work now, the comedy shows, are those which require very little attention. They’re superficial and I like articulate comedy.
Mary Tyler Moore
I see parody as another form of comedy.
Bruce Campbell
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
It’s funny – almost every comedian that I started out with moved to L.A., except for my two friends Hannibal Buress and Amy Schumer. And my two friends that are doing the best in comedy, the most successful friends I have, are Hannibal Buress and Amy Schumer.
Eric Andre
I guess funny people are attracted to funny people, and then you get comedy marriages.
Casey Wilson
Stath Lets Flats’ at its heart is a character comedy show about a family-run estate agents, but it’s inspired by a real family!
Natasia Demetriou
I love comedy, so you want to make them happy, make them laugh.
Delta Burke
I’m not temperamentally into high comedy. I’m not a Noel Coward kind of girl.
Kelly Reilly
I was a failed actor but I still wanted to show off, so I ended up doing live comedy.
Graham Norton
When I was a kid, among the other embarrassing things I would do, and there’s a list of stupid things, but I would make these dumb comedy tapes. I would often make prank phone calls, but I would also do it with friends.
J. J. Abrams
Fast food is hugely important in the life of a comedy writer. All we do is order in, and what we’re going to eat is hotly debated.
Mindy Kaling
I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic.
Steve Martin
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 Lemmon
Comedy is very controlling – you are making people laugh.
Gilda Radner
The person I have admired the most in comedy terms would be Eric Morecambe, who is my total hero.
Dawn French
Bouncing ideas off people when you’re thinking up comedy is great.
Casey Nicholaw
Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a

Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.
Christopher Fry
Stand-up comedy and poverty. Those were my two main endeavors.
Dave Foley
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
‘The Divine Comedy’ is very sophisticated but also very popular.
Roberto Benigni
I’m trying my hand at writing. I’m writing a couple of projects for HBO, a half hour comedy and a miniseries.
Charles S. Dutton
Comedy is the ultimate truth. Jazz is hitting the notes that that no one else would hit, and comedy is saying words that no one else would say.
Tommy Chong
Strangely, Dante’s Divine Comedy did not produce a prose of that creative height or it did so after centuries.
Eugenio Montale