Quotes on humor

What writers and others say

“Life abounds with comedy if we will just look around us.”
— Mel Brooks, Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony Award-winning film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist and producer

“There’s nothing so effective as a well rehearsed ad lib.”
— George Burns, American comedian, actor and writer

“When the news or topic is most serious, understate. When the topic is least serious, exaggerate.”
— Roy Peter Clark, Poynter Institute Senior Scholar

“Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.”
— Noel Coward, English actor, playwright and composer

“Bad reality, good anecdote.”
— Carrie Fisher, American novelist, screenwriter and actress

“Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.”
— Edmund Gwenn, English theatre and film actor

“One of the first rules of joke-telling also seems to apply when it comes to anecdotes — the better the punch line, the longer the story it can support. This may be why a Henny Youngman gag is worth no more than one line.”
— Jack Hart, editor at large of The Oregonian, in A Writer’s Coach

“It’s much easier to write a solemn book than a funny book. It’s harder to make people laugh than it is to make them cry. People are always on the verge of tears.”
— Fran Lebowitz, humorist, “a modern-day Dorothy Parker”

“A joke is like building a mousetrap from scratch. You have to work pretty hard to make the thing snap when it is suppose to snap.”
— Kurt Vonnegut, American novelist and wit, in A Man Without A Country
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