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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.

Author: Fred A. Allen (1894-1957)

Profession: American Radio Comic

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.

Author: Tim Allen (1953)

Profession: American Actor, Comedian, Author

Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.

Author: Woody Allen (1935)

Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian

I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.

Author: Woody Allen (1935)

Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.

Author: Erma Bombeck (1927)

Profession: American Author, Humorist

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.

Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)

Profession: American Comedian

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.

Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)

Profession: American Comedian

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.

Author: Angela Carter (1940-1992)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

Profession: British Comic Actor, Filmmaker

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

Author: Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

Profession: British Comic Actor, Filmmaker

Charlie Chaplin's genius was in comedy. He has no sense of humor, particularly about himself.

Author: Lita Grey Chaplin

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I was doing stand-up at a restaurant and there was a chalkboard on the street out front. It said, ''Soup of the Day: Cream of Asparagus. Ellen DeGeneres.''

Author: Ellen DeGeneres

Profession:

If I get a hard audience they are not going to get away until they laugh. Those seven laughs a minute -- I've got to have them.

Author: Ken Dodd

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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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act.

Author: Marty Feldman

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