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The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience.

Author: Lester Bangs (1948-1982)

Profession: American Rock Journalist

Compare the cinema with theatre. Both are dramatic arts. Theatre brings actors before a public and every night during the season they re-enact the same drama. Deep in the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual. The cinema, by contrast, transports its audience individually, singly, out of the theatre towards the unknown.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

The reason I'm in this business, I assume all performers are -- it's ''Look at me, Ma!'' It's acceptance, you know -- ''Look at me, Ma, look at me, Ma, look at me, Ma.'' And if your mother watches, you'll show off till you're exhausted; but if your mother goes, Ptshew!

Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)

Profession: American Comedian

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.

Author: Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Profession: American Artist, Film Producer

The Miss America contest is the most perfectly rendered theater in our culture, for it so perfectly captures what we yearn for: a low-class ritual, a polished restatement of vulgarity, that wants to open the door to high-class respectability by way of plain middle-class anxiety and ambition.

Author: Gerald Early (1952)

Profession: American Author

The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.

Author: Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

Profession: American Humorist, Journalist

A am a great friend of public amusements, they keep people from vice.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.

Author: Erica Jong (1942)

Profession: American Author

Fun can be the dessert of our lives but never its main course.

Author: Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.

Author: Steve Martin (1945)

Profession: American Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer

Americans don't spend billions for entertainment. They spend it in search of entertainment.

Author: Source Unknown


The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.

Author: Orson Welles (1915-1985)

Profession: American Film Maker