Quotes About Laughter

Man appears for a little while to laugh and weep, to work and play, and then to go to make room for those who shall follow him in the never-ending cycle.

— Aiden Wilson Tozer

I just like making people laugh, and buried in that I like to bring up topics and start discussions.

— Albert Brooks

I totally have the ability to laugh at myself. I don’t think one should take oneself seriously, ever. As long as you are not hurting my sentiments by revealing personal details or talking badly about my family, I’m absolutely fine.

— Alia Bhatt

We don’t have a laugh track, which helped Seinfeld a lot, and did kind of tell people when to laugh. It just made it a lot easier. Our show doesn’t have that, so it’s hard for Middle America to catch on.

— Alia Shawkat

I never wanted to be a model. I never wanted to be a serious actress. I started off doing comedy. I did a stand-up comedy camp at the Laugh Factory, and I started out on Nickelodeon.

— Amanda Bynes

I don’t want to be Marilyn Monroe. In many ways, that’s a good comparison. Because Marilyn Monroe was a sexpot, all that stuff that I have no interest in. For me, it’s much easier to just try to make people laugh than to try to be the hottest thing in the world.

— Amanda Bynes

Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy.

— Amanda Seyfried

At a young age, I wanted to be a prima ballerina and had these grand ideas that I would go study at Juilliard. It’s something I laugh about now.

— Andra Day

Look at Scottish guys wearing kilts – you could look at them and laugh, but the way they carry themselves, how can you? You can wear some of the weirdest things and be cool. If you believe in it, that’s what makes it cool.

— Andre Benjamin

I just want real reactions. I want people to laugh from the gut, be sad from the gut – or get angry from the gut.

— Andy Kaufman

Gorillas have a belch vocalization, which is sort of like, ‘I’m OK, you’re OK.’ They do a pig grunt, which is reprimanding. They sing, they laugh, and they hoot, which grows into a chest-beating display.

— Andy Serkis

Basically, I think you need two things to get by in this world: a sense of humor and the ability to laugh when your ego is destroyed.

— Arlo Guthrie

With stand-up, it doesn’t matter who you are. If the audience claps because they love your movies, that clapping stops after five seconds, and then it’s your job to make them laugh.

— Aubrey Plaza

I want my readers to feel, to think, sometimes to laugh. But most of all I want them to enjoy a good read.

— Avi

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.

— Abraham Lincoln

A lot of critics object to what I do, but I got into comedy to make people laugh, and I’ve always worked hard.

— Adam Sandler

I’ve always thought something that makes you laugh, it makes you laugh because there’s a little bit of truth to it.

— Adam Savage

Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.

— Alan Alda

What heartens me is to see ’30 Rock’ on the air. It makes me laugh from my gut, which I really like to do.

— Alan Alda

And I always laugh at that, because I think I’ve always been doing what I want to do since Day 1.

— Alanis Morissette

In a world where irony reigns, where you have to separate, protect and laugh at anything that is honest or has an emotional charge, I bet for catharsis. I like to invest emotionally in things. And catharsis, when it touches the emotional vein, can open the doors of even those who protect themselves.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Now that we’re poisoned with the culture of superheroes, I think it’s important to laugh about it.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I love Sam Mendes, but I went to see ‘Spectre’ with my kid, and the opening scene of the Dia de Muertos party, with this kind of tropical music, in downtown Mexico City, with all these people dancing like it’s the Rio de Janeiro carnival… I had to laugh.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

When I reflect on how things have changed, I can’t help but laugh.

— Alexis Korner

While most of us know that we feel better after a good hearty laugh, science, in many cases, is yet to prove why.

— Allen Klein

It’s definitely a thing to be sitting there, getting a pedicure, and you look over and someone is reading an article about an aspect of your life that you know is not true. It’s weird, it’s uncomfortable, but I don’t see it changing anytime soon, so I should figure a way to laugh through it.

— Anne Hathaway

I try to write the books I would love to come upon that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness – and that can make me laugh.

— Anne Lamott

I think if you can get people to laugh, you can get people to listen.

— Arlen Specter

O, my past years in Rangoon are spectres to haunt my soul and they seem to laugh at me as they shake the chains they have riveted on me.

— Adoniram Judson

That’s something – you laugh about Eminem… It’s funny, man, because I didn’t like him when he first came out, ya know. It seemed like a big joke. But I think the guy’s for real, and I like his lyrics!

— Alan Vega

You’re gonna laugh when I tell you this, man, but I’m starting to enjoy Eminem.

— Alan Vega

Kids don’t eat fast. They take their time they talk and laugh. Sometimes it’s really annoying, because you’re like, ‘Come on, it’s bedtime!’ But try it: You’ll fill up before you know it, because it takes 20 minutes for your brain to know your stomach is full.

— Alison Sweeney

I’m a big believer in, no matter what you go through in life, as long as you can laugh your way through it, you’re going to be okay.

— Alyssa Milano

I know it’s corny, but laughter is a two-way gift, and hearing people laugh just warms me through and through.

— Andy Dick

I think if you laugh at your troubles and tell the whole world what went wrong, you can’t be frightened by anything.

— Anupam Kher

The regular guy still relates to him and Howard is a $500 million guy now who dates a model and drives about in a limo all day. But Howard still knows how to make a plumber laugh and those guys still have him on in the morning, because he is a real talent.

— Artie Lange

How many straight men maintain inappropriately intimate relationships with their mothers? How many shop with them? I want a gay son. People laugh, but they assume I’m kidding. I’m not.

— Ayelet Waldman

The stereotypical gay man is someone whose company I enjoy, someone who makes me laugh, someone I’d want my kid to be. The stereotypical gay woman makes me insecure, conscious of my failings as a feminist.

— Ayelet Waldman

It’s funny, the hardest thing to do is to make something look like it’s fast, loose and improvised, and get somebody to laugh.

— Abel Ferrara

It only works because we still amuse each other. After we have been working with other people, it is so refreshing to laugh unreservedly when we are back together again.

— Adrian Edmondson

People expect us to be different, but we’re not. We’re very similar people, and it’s because we’re so similar and close to each other that we make each other laugh – in fact we make each other laugh more than we make anyone else laugh.

— Adrian Edmondson

The most fun I ever have is sitting in with Rick writing, and we laugh at our own jokes.

— Adrian Edmondson

We only have one agenda, which is to make ’em laugh their pants off. Unless they are girls, of course, when it is to make them laugh their bras off so we can get a quick look.

— Adrian Edmondson

I’m quite a reserved person, a bit shy at first when I don’t know someone. I like to have a laugh and a joke people have seen that in me.

— Anthony Martial

I wouldn’t mind being in an American film for a laugh, but I certainly don’t want to be in Thingy Blah Blah 3, if you know what I mean.

— Audrey Tautou

If a man is tongue-tied, don’t laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.

— Abraham Cahan

We all look to have transcendent experiences that lift us out of the everyday, and fear is a good one. But, I think it’s the same reason why people want to laugh their heads off.

— Adam Arkin

If my performance touches someone or helps someone understand themselves a little better or gives them a laugh, I feel like I gave them something. I want to touch people’s lives and bring them along with me.

— Adelaide Kane

I want to be able to make people laugh as hard as they possibly can, and I really think they need that.

— Andrew Dice Clay

You learn, even at ‘S.N.L.,’ that the funniest scripts a lot of the time were written with the actor, because they know what makes people laugh. It’s always going to be better if they own it.

— Akiva Schaffer

What ‘SNL’ taught me that was useful on ‘The Watch’ was, only put in bad words if they can get a laugh – there was no need for swear words and beeps in places that weren’t necessary. Those beeps should only be in there when they mean something and it’s important to the joke.

— Akiva Schaffer

I’ve certainly played those leading man or male juvenile roles, where you’re not supposed to make people laugh.

— Andrew Rannells

I write. This is what I do. My job is to sit down with my vocabulary, select words, and decide what order they should be placed in an attempt to keep someone’s attention and perhaps provide them with a laugh or two along the way.

— Alan Zweibel

I am not an actor. Yes, every so often I appear on talk shows to promote something I’ve written, and I enjoy doing so because I have a lot of stories to tell, and I like making audiences laugh. But that’s not acting. That’s just me being me.

— Alan Zweibel

I think we invite people into our living rooms every week through the television because we have emotional connections to them, or they make us laugh or reflect some part of ourselves that we want to live in.

— Alex Kurtzman

As I understand I took most so-called democratic states about 200 years on average to build their democracies. That is why, when we go to sleep under totalitarian rule and wake up in a democracy, it makes me laugh.

— Aleksandr Lebed

No one thought that the Disney Superpower had the ability to laugh at itself, but ‘Enchanted’ proved everyone wrong.

— Alethea Kontis

I like old people falling over, that’s what makes me laugh.

— Allan Carr

I enjoyed entertaining people since I was a little girl. There was nothing better than making people laugh. That, and the need to express myself in a safe environment.

— Amy Weber

I would like to get back to making people laugh. Before drama school, I did nothing but comedy.

— Andrew Buchan

I’ve been acting since second grade, telling stories, making my parents laugh here and there, so I’m hoping my ‘thing’ is acting. But I also make a really good bread pudding.

— Anna Camp

Regardless of what kind of film, the number one rule of comedy is to never take yourself too seriously and then the next rule is you can’t have any self-consciousness, otherwise it kills the laugh, and that will never change.

— Ari Graynor

I have seen and heard comedians who had really funny ‘stuff’ but yet could not make the people laugh then, again – I have seen others whose stuff was anything but humorous, and the audience would howl with laughter.

— Al Jolson

We neither laugh alone, nor weep alone, why then should we pray alone?

— Anna Letitia Barbauld

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.

— Baruch Spinoza

I don’t care about how I look I’m dedicated to the laughs. You know, I used to be a clown, so – my name was Smoothie the Clown. All the training I had, all my training is geared toward making people laugh, and I didn’t care about being cool.

— Bernie Mac

If I can tell someone a story that makes them bend over and laugh, that’s bigger than anything else.

— Bernie Mac

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don’t remember ever having seen one weep.

— Bette Davis

Doing drama is, in a sense, easier. In doing comedy, if you don’t get that laugh, there’s something wrong.

— Betty White

You know what, I’m very attracted to someone who makes me laugh and is that charming. Really, I could be charmed by anyone. I’m just a sucker for somebody that is charming.

— Beyonce Knowles

I don’t have to come up with a ha-ha belly laugh every day, but drawings with warmth and love or ones that put a lump in the throat. That’s more important to me than a laugh.

— Bil Keane

Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart.

— Bil Keane

The only time I get sick of making people laugh is when I’m in a non-writing-joke mode, and I just can’t seem to come up with anything new that’s funny. That’s a tough place to be as a comedian.

— Bill Burr

If you watch kids looking at something on television, even something that’s produced for them and is supposed to be funny, what you’ll notice is that they don’t laugh.

— Bill Cosby

When you don’t understand something, you often laugh.

— Bill Cosby

When you saw Jon Lovitz or Dana Carvey or Phil Hartman doing something, they were acting. It was real acting. Like, they were acting like that person. They weren’t like – it wasn’t even like they were really trying to go for a laugh, especially in Phil Hartman’s case.

— Bill Hader

The best kind of comedy to me is when you make people laugh at things they’ve never laughed at, and also take a light into the darkened corners of people’s minds, exposing them to the light.

— Bill Hicks

When you see grown men near to tears because they’ve missed hitting a little white ball into a hole from three feet, it makes you laugh.

— Bill Murray

The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.

— Bill Nye

A laugh is a weird sound, and when you get a couple thousand people making it at once, it’s really strange. But when I can feel proud of myself for causing it, it’s great.

— Billy Crystal

When I say something funny, I don’t laugh.

— Blake Lively

I always love somebody who makes me laugh, who’s fun to be with.

— Blake Lively

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.

— Bob Hope

I have an aversion to laugh tracks – the moment I hear a laugh track, I go to another channel.

— Bob Newhart

I made people laugh as a kid, but that’s not how you make a living.

— Bob Newhart

I used to love Kurt Cobain, when he was telling people we’re a pop band. People would laugh, they thought of it as good old ironic Kurt. But he wasn’t being ironic.

— Bono

Sometimes I laugh with my parents, and sometimes I yell at them, and both are therapeutic.

— Brie Larson

I have to laugh when I receive newsletters from major personalities and when you hit reply, you get a ‘do-not-reply’ address. It’s ridiculous! Don’t you want your customers to reply to you?

— Brendon Burchard

For 20 years I’ve gotten to laugh my way through my work. For me, that’s a dream job.

— Barbara Park

Am I old-fashioned? I think I might be. I am a lucky woman, because I was born with a priceless gift… the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others.

— Barry Humphries

We have dealt with the Arab/Muslim problem in the American media in every single way but through comedy. Hollywood has always been lagging behind comedy… We can make fun of ourselves, too, and I’m inviting us to laugh with us – and all the misconceptions.

— Bassem Youssef

I think it is a great gift to make people laugh, and it shouldn’t be underestimated.

— Beeban Kidron

But filming is good for you, because the crew isn’t allowed to laugh. You can’t get addicted to getting the laugh.

— Ben Kingsley

For me, a hearty ‘belly laugh’ is one of the beautiful sounds in the world.

— Bennett Cerf

I have a feeling I’m going to wake up one day and say ‘I can’t do dirty stuff anymore, I want to go all clean.’ I’ll do clean stuff too, I like to entertain people. Then they egged me on we shot it at The Laugh Factory.

— Bob Saget

I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.

— Bobby Jindal

The more time I was spending with the British team, the more of a laugh I was having with them. It’s clean, their way of cycling it’s more about what you can produce as an athlete.

— Bradley Wiggins

And then as I got older, see, I think a lot of times with comics, your life kind of permeates your act. Whatever is happening in your life is what’s going on on stage. So if you’re angry in your life, then that’s going to be on stage. If you’re looking for the guy that’s just going to make you laugh for an hour and forget about, that’s me.

— Billy Gardell

Once you’ve experienced the warmth of an audience, the achievement of getting your first laugh, and entertaining them, singing or playing piano, it just keeps it all going.

— Bruce Forsyth

Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious, its mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.

— Bob Fosse

If you have the right voice and the right delivery, you’re cocky enough, and you pound down on the punch line, you can say anything and make people laugh maybe three times before they realize you’re not telling jokes.

— Buddy Hackett

At the Sahara, the seats are banked and most of the audience is looking down at the stage. Everybody in the business knows: Up for singers, down for comics. The people want to idealize a singer. They want to feel superior to a comic. You’re trying to make them laugh. They can’t laugh at someone they’re looking up to.

— Buddy Hackett

Ninety-nine percent is in the delivery. If you have the right voice and the right delivery, you’re cocky enough, and you pound down on the punch line, you can say anything and make people laugh maybe three times before they realize you’re not telling jokes.

— Buddy Hackett

I found out that if you made people laugh, they like you. Most people got to like me because I made them laugh. When they didn’t, I hit them.

— Buddy Hackett

Any talk of ‘craft’ makes me laugh. My music looks outward it does not gaze upon itself in admiration. Artisanal is for cheesemakers. I don’t know anything about music theory. Every time I approach my guitar, it’s like the first time. There’s no craft in that.

— Bill Callahan

If you want anything done well, do it yourself. This is why most people laugh at their own jokes.

— Bob Edwards

My whole thing as a performer is to affect people, whether I make you cry or I make you laugh. I would love to make you think.

— Bresha Webb

When I was a kid, I read books that made me laugh but also made me shiver in terror. I wanted to make books that made other people feel the same way.

— Bruce Coville

When Frank the Pug is singing I Will Survive, the only reason it’s funny is that Will is in that shot trying not to get angry. A shot of a dog singing I Will Survive on its own will not get a laugh.

— Barry Sonnenfeld

People don’t come to stadiums only to see results. They come to see a reaction, they want to see we are also human, that we can cry or laugh.

— Blanka Vlasic

I used to put on sketch shows at boarding school when I was eight. I’m not sure about the material, but it did used to get a laugh.

— Belinda Stewart-Wilson

The cliches are all true! My son Max has just turned two, and he’s literally turned into this driven young man overnight! The terrible twos are not a myth, but he’s such a laugh to be around.

— Burn Gorman

But if people will laugh at my work and keep a sound roof over my head, who am I to complain?

— Billie Burke

The most exciting thing I aspire to do is to write something new that I know is going to work, or perform something that I know is going to make people laugh.

— B. J. Novak

There’s an old adage about speakers: You won’t remember what they said, but you’ll never forget how they made you feel. Trump knows that in his bones. He gives his supporters – and they are growing – a terrific feeling of safety and security, along with a laugh and a smile.

— Cass Sunstein

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it!

— Charlie Chaplin

A laugh is a surprise. And all humor is physical. I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.

— Chevy Chase

For me, what makes you laugh makes you laugh.

— Chevy Chase

People… need a time to laugh. It’s up to us to bonk ourselves on the head and slip on a banana peel so the average guy can say, ‘I may be bad, honey, but I’m not as much of an idiot as that guy on the screen.’

— Chris Farley

I want to keep working, I want to keep doing my humanitarian stuff around the world, shining light on different places that have problems. Keep making movies, make people laugh.

— Chris Tucker

People expect me to cry, but I always laugh when things go wrong.

— Christina Aguilera

Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that’s usually how you end up crying?

— Chuck Palahniuk

Sometimes the very best way to deal with unpleasant things is to depict them in ways that allow people to laugh at them and destroy the power of unsayable things, rather than refusing to acknowledge them.

— Chuck Palahniuk

If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.

— Clarence Darrow

I’m not aware of having a creepy laugh, but apparently I do.

— Craig Ferguson

I love doing comedy – I get a laugh out of it, it’s not so serious.

— Carmen Electra

When I was growing up, I was obviously gay, and I got heckled every day of my life. The only way I knew how to survive was to make people laugh. If I could make them laugh, I wouldn’t get hung in a locker for two hours. That’s a blessing.

— Carson Kressley

If you can have a laugh with someone, you’re then in each other’s world.

— Casey Wilson

So many shows don’t have laugh tracks now that, when you hear it, it can be slightly jarring.

— Casey Wilson

When I was working with Barry Sonnenfeld, I’d watch him set up a shot and talk to him about what he was seeing and what it was to shoot comedy. He told me that a lot of times with comedy, it’s not just about getting the joke, but getting a reaction to the joke. That’s the laugh – it’s somebody’s else’s reaction to the joke.

— Cheryl Hines

I’m not just gonna go after the black Jesse Jackson they all want to make fun of, but I know the wrong people are gonna laugh at that. I don’t want to play to that crowd. I don’t.

— Chris Matthews

I’m always in bed by 11 or 12 and people laugh all the time – they want me to hang out until two in the morning, but n-n-no, I need my nine hours.

— Christina Ricci

You can laugh when I talk, but not when I sing.

— Cyndi Lauper

Catch-22’s first readers were largely of the generation that went through World War II. For them, it provided a startlingly fresh take, a much-needed, much-delayed laugh at the terror and madness they endured.

— Christopher Buckley

At the end of the day, Mr. Trump is going to have the last laugh.

— Corey Lewandowski

I would do nearly anything for a laugh, to tell the truth. And I’m a particular favourite with young men with earrings.

— Celia Imrie

Somebody told me once I wasn’t Latin enough, and that made me laugh.

— Chita Rivera

I understand what my gift is, which is making people laugh, hopefully. It’s more on that level. I don’t need to be a leading man, I’m fine with that.

— Chris Kattan

The clubs are good fun-having a laugh, really having a good time.

— Chris Lowe

It’s awesome, because in live-action, most of my comedies have been rated R, so I’m trying to make adults laugh. While animation is a completely different world where you’re trying to make children laugh. So that difference is a blast to do.

— Christopher Mintz-Plasse

I don’t smile much, and I never laugh. If you’d been through what I’ve been through, you wouldn’t be smiling, either.

— Charlie Sifford

I love to entertain, I love to make people laugh, cry, and move them, perhaps moving them in their lives.

— Corbin Bernsen

In a relationship, it’s important to make each other laugh. To give each other freedom, support each other and be proud of each other.

— Caroline Winberg

No politician would ever comment on a cartoon unless it was to show what a great sense of humour they have, that they can laugh at themselves.

— Chris Riddell

One way of watering down the effects of violence is to approach it in a more lighthearted way. I don’t mean to say that you laugh when somebody has their arm sawn off, but you can diffuse fear with humour.

— Colin Baker

Even in the depths of dreadful situations, there’s usually something rather comic, or something you can laugh about afterwards, at least. So, I do look for the comedy in those things.

— Colm Meaney

Jack Black is so funny! On and off screen, like, he would make you laugh every day. He’s hilarious.

— Caitlin Hale

If you can get a laugh out of a name, you’re ahead of the game.

— Carl Reiner

Honestly, I like someone who is really grounded, super sweet, honest. I need them to have a sense of humor. I need them to laugh at what’s funny, I need them to get jokes and be funny and be witty and sarcastic.

— Casper Smart

I’m sporty, active, bubbly, I like to make people laugh… I’m the jokester. But I’m also very traditional.

— Coco Lee

Sometimes you need a good laugh, and then there are times when you need a good cry.

— Chrissie Fit

In point of fact, I’m not sure there are too many comedies with laugh tracks anymore. Most of what you hear is live studio audience laughing as a show is filmed. If this prompts you to wonder who those actual human beings are who are laughing at some of this stuff, that is a mystification I share.

— Christopher Lloyd

I like to make people laugh. That’s for sure. And I really like to humiliate myself and go very far in derision and stuff. But no, I like everything. I started a little bit of doing drama, too. I like that, too. I guess I just want to touch everything.

— Charlotte Le Bon

I like fearless characters, people just not afraid to do anything it takes to make people laugh.

— Dane Cook

I just always loved stand-up. It’s like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that… I don’t know, it’s just like magic.

— Dave Chappelle

My whole thing is to entertain, make people laugh and to forget about the real world for awhile.

— Dan Aykroyd

There’s usually one piece in ‘Vanity Fair’ every month that grabs me, but when it presents hatchet jobs without substantiation to impress its liberal friends, I laugh first, then toss.

— Dan Jenkins

I always say to anybody who’s going over to America for the first time, ‘Whatever you do, go and see a popular mainstream film with a big audience.’ Because people shout out. You never get that in Britain. Everybody’s so quiet, scared to laugh. It’s like being in church.

— Danny Boyle

My problem is people seem to laugh at me, but the one that laughs harder than anybody is me.

— David Hasselhoff

Some guys may play around and say a couple of things, but if I say it, I mean it. I may laugh, it may be funny, but if I say I’m going to get you, I’m going to get you.

— Deontay Wilder

Whenever I’m on my computer, I don’t type ‘lol’. I type ‘lqtm’ – laugh quietly to myself. It’s more honest.

— Demetri Martin

Stand up is really fun because if I think of a joke or a funny idea, then I can just go and tell some people and if they laugh, they laugh right away.

— Demetri Martin

I’ve often liked a girl, made her laugh, and thought she liked me, and then found out that she didn’t like me that way. I’ve definitely done time in the friend zone.

— Demetri Martin

Usually, I walk around and think about things. When I come across a thought that makes me laugh, I write it down.

— Demetri Martin

Kathy Bates is sexy. It’s partly because of her talent, but she’s got a great face, and a great laugh.

— Denis Leary

Once I realised the value of making people laugh, I got very good at it. Fast.

— Dick Gregory

I really, really like ‘Eastbound & Down.’ It’s one of the few things that makes me laugh. It’s almost too funny to get an award.

— Denis Leary

I remember 9/11 we had ‘Comics Come Home’ about a month after those events. That night, even the comedians were concerned. Would the audience be ready to laugh? It was a release for everyone.

— Denis Leary

Jon Stewart kills me. I love him. And Bill Maher. He does an hour on HBO. But entirely political. It is awfully rough, but he does make me laugh.

— Dick Van Dyke

Even when I was in high school and the Navy, I was the guy who could rip somebody, and they’d laugh at it.

— Don Rickles

I enjoy mixed audiences, not one particular group. Short, tall, scientists, Jews, gentiles, whatever, as long as they breathe and like to laugh.

— Don Rickles

People laugh to forget their troubles, and to forget their troubles they like to look at people who aren’t doing better than they are.

— Drew Carey

I’ve always got stuff in my head in case I meet somebody like Steven Spielberg or someone like that, where I can hopefully say something to them that nobody else has ever said and get a laugh out of them.

— Drew Carey

As an athlete, you’d better laugh at yourself when you slip in the mud.

— Dwayne Johnson

You can laugh at somebody because they are innocent, and because they are naive or they are about to walk into a wall, but if somebody’s giving you stuff, if somebody’s talking, giving you their take on things, what makes you laugh, generally speaking, is going to be somebody who is telling it in an angry way.

— Dylan Moran

I’d be hard-pressed to think of anybody who’s made me laugh, who’s funny, but who’s also relentlessly positive.

— Dylan Moran

When I was a child, I wanted to watch things that made me laugh. It’s attacking boredom, as simple as that. I was 19 when I first went to a comedy club – I wanted to do it, so I gave it a try and that was it. I found my office.

— Dylan Moran

One of the most beautiful things in the world I’ve ever seen or heard is people laughing, even when there seems to be so little reason for them to laugh.

— D. L. Hughley

I don’t need somebody behind a desk to tell me what a marketing survey says is funny. I got 3 million miles and 70,000 tickets sold, telling me that I know how to make people laugh.

— D. L. Hughley

I love to laugh, it’s my main thing. I love to abuse the English language.

— Dan Fogelberg

It’s almost like he’s started to sound even more exotic the more people started doing him. I don’t know why, but there’s just something about Al Gore that makes me laugh.

— Dana Carvey

If you have a sense of irony or humour, you’re usually cut down, as you’re usually distorted or misinterpreted. So it does lead to us being slightly more dour and staid and predictable than would otherwise be the case, which I personally find quite frustrating – because if you don’t laugh occasionally in my job, you cry most of the time.

— David Blunkett

From the age of 4 or 5, I loved to make people laugh.

— David Walton

I want to sit down, and I want to laugh. Nothing works better for me than watching somebody slip on a banana peel.

— Diane Lane

It’s great, because different groups of kids can laugh at each other and still enjoy the show.

— Daisy Berkowitz

Small things make me happy, and I laugh out loud on the silliest of jokes!

— Divyanka Tripathi

My mom and dad just loved the fact that I fooled around. They just embraced it. They’d always kind of enjoy it, and they liked it when I made them laugh.

— Dominic Monaghan

As a bounty hunter, I have to dress the part. If I came to the door and looked like Carrot Top, you’d laugh.

— Duane Chapman

I just got an honorary degree from Glasgow University, and I had to wear around very painful shoes so that I didn’t laugh all the way through the ceremony because I felt like an outlaw.

— Denise Mina

I love telling stories, telling jokes, making people laugh. I’ve got no plans to stop doing it.

— David Alan Basche

Comedy can be more difficult than drama. It requires more attention to timing. In the theater, you’re always dependent on the audience for the energy, but in comedy the feedback you get is more important. You can judge by the quickness and the length of the laugh just where you stand with the audience.

— David Alan Basche

I think we grew up thinking that the funniest things on TV were the old, serious movies. I always liked the Marx Brothers, but the thing that always made us laugh were movies like Zero Hour. That’s what inspired us.

— David Zucker

Yeah, some kids called me fish lips because I had these really full lips. Now I’m sure all those same girls are getting collagen injections, so I’m having the last laugh.

— Denise Richards

Everyone tells me I need to do comedy. It’s never something that crossed my mind, but to be able to do a true comedy and make people laugh, that would be great.

— Dexter Darden

With my talent, I can make people laugh and give them another attitude about life. What a blessing that is for me.

— Doris Roberts

I’m a good audience in general, but it’s hard to make me laugh.

— Dan Fogler

I try to create some stupid entertainment for really smart people that they don’t feel too stupid watching. In ‘Xanadu,’ the biggest laugh was a reference to Achilles.

— Douglas Carter Beane

The Sopranos’ is filled with really retrograde humor. Bathroom humor, falls, stupid puns, bad jokes – infantile, adolescent stuff, but it makes me laugh.

— David Chase

When I walk out on stage, I don’t know who’s in the audience. To me, in my little fat skull, the laugh is just the widest demographic you can get.

— Dave Coulier

If you don’t learn to laugh at troubles, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you grow old.

— E. W. Howe

I’m an entertainer: I want to make people laugh, cry. I want to move them.

— Dinah Manoff

When a book is alive, really alive, you feel it. You put it to your ear here, and you feel it breathe, sometimes laugh, sometimes cry, just like a person, a little person.

— Eduardo Galeano

Listen, acting is not surgery, it’s entertainment. You’re doing something to hopefully move people, to make them laugh, to transport them. But actors are vulnerable, and the reason we’re vulnerable is that we’re always trying to recreate human behaviour.

— Eddie Redmayne

I’m somebody who can laugh even at myself. That happens now and again, when I’ve made a mess of really simple things.

— Eden Hazard

In Arlington, people would laugh at you if you tried to get people to look at your drawings or listen to your poetry. It was like you thought you were special.

— Eileen Myles

A comedy can actually get funnier and funnier. Even though you know the joke, you enjoy it so much, it’s the facial expression, you laugh. The laugh doesn’t wear off. It could be with you for thirty years.

— Eli Roth

Being English, I always laugh at anything to do with the lavatory or bottoms.

— Elizabeth Hurley

It just seems to me that there’s no particular reason comedy albums should be dead. There’s a lot to laugh at. We have very funny people, still.

— Eric Idle

I never think in terms of target audience. I try to write what makes me laugh, so I’m the target audience. I guess I just hope there’s another person in America like me.

— Eric Idle

If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.

— Erma Bombeck

I’m a fabulous date, I make sure I look good, I like hearing what a guy has to say and I make sure the evening is a real laugh. I like to laugh.

— Eva Longoria

Everyone’s clamoring for the fourth book in the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy, which makes me laugh. Just the part of ‘a fourth book in trilogy’ that makes me laugh, not the clamoring for the next book.

— E. L. James

I made sure that instead of people making fun of me, like every comedian probably says, I made fun of myself first so they would get distracted and just laugh. I was pretty brutally picked on for a while growing up. It was always the really pretty girls, the hot girls and then there was me. So I had to do something to get any sort of attention.

— Eliza Coupe

Pootie Tang’ may be raw and slovenly – hey, it often is raw and slovenly – but it succeeds as a laugh getter because of the spot-on satirical notes. You might say that the movie walks it like it talks it I’m not sure what Pootie would say.

— Elvis Mitchell

A comic strip that your parents read when they were young is a curious thing: it’s an heirloom, and it’s also intimate. You peer through windows and look at the things that made your elders laugh, and then you wonder whether the laugh really belongs to you.

— Elizabeth McCracken

I went to dinner with my mother-in-law and I just realized I was talking in sound bites to her and expecting her to laugh every time I said anything or be jotting something down in a notebook. So you have to kind of really have a talk with yourself after you’ve done a press tour and say, ‘Chill out!’

— Emily Mortimer

I’d say I’m the opposite of someone that has the urge to stand in front of strangers and make them laugh, but the idea of getting up and telling a story and people finding it amusing always appealed to me.

— Eric Bana

When you meet someone new who instantly gets you, your sense of humor and your attitudes and your worldview, even if theirs are different – and you get them in return. You both talk and talk and agree and laugh and nod and yes, yes, of course you should get another round of drinks.

— Erin Morgenstern

One of the biggest misconceptions about me is that I’m a comedian, which I’m not. A comedian is someone who can stand up in front of an audience and make you laugh. I’ve never done stand-up and I never will. I’m a comic actor. My comedy comes through my characters.

— Eugene Levy

If we can’t laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we’re going to be mean.

— Eileen Brennan

People who are mean or unkind or rigid – think about it – cannot laugh at themselves. If we can’t laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we’re going to be mean.

— Eileen Brennan

All this flying around got on my nerves. But then I gave the script to Cathy to get her opinion. When she started to laugh, it was like ‘That’s it!’. I went to LA and I got the part.

— Ed O’Neill

If you’re going to believe crazy things, people are going to laugh at you.

— Elise Andrew

Everybody remembers ‘Just Shoot Me,’ and I’m very proud of that. It’s still on TV, and people still catch it and laugh about it, and I personally have wonderful, wonderful memories working with those people.

— Enrico Colantoni

Instructions Not Included’ is proving that there is a huge Latin market that needs a special project. They love seeing their own people they want to see themselves onscreen. In my case, I know them pretty well. I know what they laugh at. I think it’s going to open a lot of doors, this movie.

— Eugenio Derbez

Honestly, I was a good kid but I figured out pretty early that I had a gift for making people laugh. I wanted to entertain and when that happens you tend to get yourself in trouble in class.

— Eric Ladin

Half of me is this wacked-out comedienne who will do anything for a buck and a laugh. Well, at least for a laugh. But the other half is a lot darker, sadder and more pensive. It’s the dark side that feeds the outrageousness and allows it to surface. I think that’s true for anyone with comic flair.

— Faith Prince

I know I always had a lot of energy growing up and I had to put it somewhere. Theater allowed me to really feel things, to laugh, to cry, to explode outward. I could do anything and it was totally accepted and appreciated. If I hadn’t gone into the theater, I probably would have been a psychotic killer.

— Faith Prince

I’ve never used my weight to get a laugh. That is, used my size as the subject for humor. You never saw me stuck in a door-way or stuck in a chair.

— Fatty Arbuckle

For me, compatibility is a sense of humour, being able to laugh together that is very important.

— Felicity Kendal

When you’re happy you don’t always have to be laughing, and when you’re sad you don’t have to be crying sometimes it’s the opposite. You laugh when you’re the most upset.

— Freddie Highmore

If ever I want to amuse myself with an idiot, I have not far to look for one. I laugh at myself.

— Frederic William Farrar

The primate laugh is given in playful contexts, and as such has a strong similarity to the human laugh.

— Frans de Waal

One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man’s laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

I can’t laugh, be happy, present myself at any prize and also win on the centre court.

— Gabriela Sabatini

I didn’t want to do a throwaway, mindless movie with fart jokes just to make 6-year-olds laugh. I want to provide my children with some substance.

— Fred Durst

I always wanted to be known as the Norman Rockwell of television, and ‘Happy Days’ represented the part of me that wanted to make mainstream America laugh.

— Garry Marshall

I never got beaten up, because I was a wisecracking jokester. I could make a bully laugh before he delivered a punch.

— Garry Marshall

People try to look for deep meanings in my work. I want to say, ‘They’re just cartoons, folks. You laugh or you don’t.’ Gee, I sound shallow. But I don’t react to current events or other stimuli. I don’t read or watch TV to get ideas. My work is basically sitting down at the drawing table and getting silly.

— Gary Larson

In real life, people don’t try to live dramatically, people try to live in a light way. People try to laugh.

— Ginnifer Goodwin

I don’t think you can teach people how to be funny. You can make suggestions about how to speak a line or get a laugh, but it has to be in them.

— George Cukor

I’ve never thought that what I do as an actor does anything for anybody, other than making them laugh once in a while.

— Geoff Stults

I would like to be remembered as a – somebody who could rock your soul or make your cry with a song. And somebody who’s kind, who loved to laugh, and loved his God.

— Gregg Allman

With ‘Good Will Hunting,’ Miramax made certain the recruited audience wasn’t expecting to laugh at Robin Williams like they normally do. From my limited experience, you can really blow test screenings by conducting them in the wrong way.

— Gus Van Sant

Comedy in America is very serious. Either they laugh, or they don’t.

— Gad Elmaleh

I always laugh a lot when I see the dramas that I end up doing. I see myself behaving very seriously and I’m like, ‘What is this?’

— Gael Garcia Bernal

Humor is a wonderful way to deal with our suffering because if we can laugh at our troubles, we can feel better. Thich Nhat Hanh is a special man who has helped millions with their suffering with incredible technique. But he doesn’t know real suffering, because he has not dated as much as I have.

— Garry Shandling

I don’t want to hear songs about how sunshiny things are. I don’t like songs that feel like radio candy… I like the ones that make you think, laugh or cry – they pull some kind of emotion out of you.

— Gary Allan

I write funny. If I can make my wife laugh, I know I’m on the right track.

— Gene Wilder

I write funny. If I can make my wife laugh, I know I’m on the right track. But yes, I don’t like to get Maudlin. And I have a tendency towards it.

— Gene Wilder

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.

— George Santayana

By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly, I renew them, I enjoy them a second time, while I laugh at the remembrance of troubles now past, and which I no longer feel.

— Giacomo Casanova

It’s no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.

— Golda Meir

Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.

— Golda Meir

If a comedian tells a joke that you find funny, you laugh. If he tells a joke you do not find funny, don’t laugh. Or you could possibly go as far as groaning or rolling your eyes. Then you wait for his next joke if that’s funny, then you laugh. If it’s not, you don’t laugh – or at very worst, you can leave quietly.

— Gilbert Gottfried

Muhammad Ali was the kind of guy you either loved or hated, but you wanted to see him. I happen to really love him. He brought boxing to another level and always made you laugh.

— Gerry Cooney

It really does mean so much when your cast mates, who you respect so much, tell you that you made them laugh.

— Gillian Jacobs

I think I make people laugh, and that’s good in life.

— Gerry Cooney

I want to be prophetic and take stands and stand with those on the margins, and I want to laugh as much as I can.

— Greg Boyle

I always tell my family – and they laugh about it – but someday, I will write a vegetarian book. My cousin, who’s a big vegetarian, tells me flat out, ‘You’re my favorite vegetarian chef.’

— Guy Fieri

All the other guys I think had a scream on Lock, Stock. They just had a laugh and a crack, and thought it would never come out they were just having a good time. On this one, I felt that.

— Guy Ritchie

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.

— Georges Rouault

Art should be serious, not a joke. I don’t like to laugh about art.

— Gerhard Richter

You didn’t want to laugh, did you? It wasn’t very funny, was it?

— Graham Kennedy

A character, their ability or inability to laugh at themselves should always be a very, very conscious choice. It’s a very big key to the nature of a human being.

— Grant Bowler

Some of my college friends used to laugh at me. But no one’s laughing anymore. Now, they all try to get free underwear.

— Garrett Neff

I’m not a mean comic, I don’t want to turn anybody off – I just want to give a point of view or my take on things that everyone can laugh at.

— Gary Owens

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

— H. L. Mencken

If ‘Airplane!’ comes on, it’s like a comfort film. You can always guarantee a laugh watching that movie.

— Hal Sparks

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Know when to laugh at yourself, and find a way to laugh at obstacles that inevitably present themselves.

— Halle Berry

The hardest part of my job, daily, is to not laugh while we shoot.

— Hannah Simone

I always laugh at these rock n’rollers where you can’t understand them. Mind you, it’s not because they’re inaudible or indistinguishable it’s because they’re too obscure.

— Harry Connick, Jr.

Whatever you laugh at in others, laughs at yourself.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

Fairytales have always got to have that scary quality, as long as you make them laugh.

— Helena Bonham Carter

And I laugh at myself when I screw things up, which happens all the time.

— Henry Rollins

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore So much the better, you may laugh the more.

— Henry Ward Beecher

When it comes to African Americans and African American actors, Hollywood has always felt that if you can make us laugh, that’s fine, but we don’t need to see you do a ‘Schindler’s List,’ where there’s no jokes or music or comedic through-line.

— Hill Harper

Theater has always been much more fun. You get a laugh, and it’s really encouraging.

— Hugh Grant

A lot of actors look at scripts and think, ‘How will this stretch me as an actor?’ But I always thought, ‘Do I want to turn the page? Is this going to make people laugh?’

— Hugh Grant

The ‘Family Ties’ role was the first of many gay roles that I’ve ended up playing. I remember that I made them laugh, and it made me feel good, ’cause it really cracked them up.

— Hank Azaria

I am a big man, and I have a laugh to match my size.

— Gert Frobe

You can tell when people think they’re a little bit special, and it’s quite fun to laugh at them, and I think it’s good to laugh at them, because then you can deflate their egos a bit.

— Hannah Murray

When I started doing standup when I was 17, I was talking about being Indian and specifically ethnic jokes. Straightforward stuff that was fairly ignorant that I knew would get the laugh. It wasn’t flipping stereotypes it was using them.

— Hari Kondabolu

I’m not like most comedians. I don’t deal with just heckles – I’m also dealing with threats and anger. Here I am, a brown person on stage being quite blunt. I talk about white privilege I talk about U.S. imperialistic practices I talk about colonialism. I’m not saying things that are easy for people to laugh at.

— Hari Kondabolu

I had these experiences as a kid I remember certain things happening in school that were horrifying that I would see, certain things of violence or certain things of cruelty, but around that, something might happen afterwards to cause everyone to laugh, and that always blew me away.

— Harmony Korine

And as they pass, turn back and laugh at me.

— George Villiers

It was a big step, to go from not talking to people to stepping on to a stage. That’s when I felt the most comfortable, because I could do anything I wanted to and say anything I wanted to, even if people didn’t laugh.

— Harry Shum, Jr.

I’m just interested in things that move me and make me think, make me laugh.

— Hattie Morahan

If you tell people your ambitions, they usually laugh at you. When I told my girlfriends when I was 12 that I was going to Hollywood, they all laughed. And here I am!

— Helen Reddy

There’s an art to stupid comedy. There’s an art to offensive comedy, and I think the key is it’s just gotta make you laugh.

— Hayden Schlossberg

Well, he doesn’t make me laugh. I think I’ve got a fair sense of humour but I can’t really see it in him. I’ve listened to his show on the radio on a Saturday morning, and that’s a load of mince as well.

— Ian St. John

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?

— Jane Austen

Oh my God, my girlfriends are everything to me. They celebrate with you, they cry with you, they hold you when you need to be held. They laugh with you. They’re mean with you! They’re always there, and it’s just a priceless thing to have.

— Jennifer Lopez

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

— Jim Valvano

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.

— Jerry Seinfeld

For me, it’s a purity thing about the joke itself. It’s a test of a joke whether or not you do it completely clean and it works. If it does, then that’s a legitimate item you have there. For me, it’s nothing to do with finding those words offensive. It’s just not what I’m in search of. Do it clean, and you are really earning that laugh.

— Jerry Seinfeld

It is such a social thing, laughing. Two thousand people in a room laughing is such a great buzz and they tend to laugh much more in a group.

— Jimmy Carr

It’s so clear cut with a comedian – you have that reflex action, whereby you laugh or you don’t. And so you either love us or you simply cannot see why people are laughing.

— Jimmy Carr

I go around the country and do a simple gag like, ‘The property ladder is now a snake’ and get a real laugh.

— Jimmy Carr

Yes, I have this crazy honk of a laugh.

— Jimmy Carr

To a guy like me, a laugh is full of information.

— Jerry Seinfeld

A lot of times, you could play me just the laughs from my set, and I could tell you, from the laugh, what the joke was. Because they match.

— Jerry Seinfeld

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.

— Jean de la Bruyere

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.

— Jean de La Fontaine

As humans we like to laugh at our fears, we like to whistle in the dark.

— Jeff Dunham

Growing up doing those Kiwanis Clubs, doing those Cub Scout banquets, doing those church shows, I learned to find that sensibility that most people could laugh at – that all ages and demographics could laugh at.

— Jeff Dunham

We just got a tour bus. I didn’t know tour buses could be this nice. It’s just me, Brian Haner the guitar guy, the tour manager and a writer. We laugh ourselves silly. Apparently we’re going to have a road dog, a miniature pincher. It’s the smallest they’ve ever seen. How masculine am I going to look, working with dolls and a miniature dog?

— Jeff Dunham

People laugh at me. Sometimes I know why, and sometimes I don’t.

— Jennifer Aniston

Part of my act is meant to shake you up. It looks like I’m being funny, but I’m reminding you of other things. Life is tough, darling. Life is hard. And we better laugh at everything otherwise, we’re going down the tube.

— Joan Rivers

Life is very tough. If you don’t laugh, it’s tough.

— Joan Rivers

I made so many jokes about poor Russell Crowe, he once knocked on my dressing room door, and told me he wanted to go out on this chat show we were on to laugh with me. Now he’s ruined it. I can’t make another joke about him.

— Joan Rivers

We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.

— Joan Rivers

I love Vines. You make this 6.4-second drama, and you can reach 6 million viewer, and make people laugh. I find it so fabulous.

— Joan Rivers

What makes me laugh is, of course, the absurd, the horror – anything that upsets me.

— Joan Rivers

I had seen movies before that that had made me laugh, but I had never seen anything even remotely close to as funny as Richard Pryor was, just standing there talking.

— Joe Rogan

With any of the movies I’ve had a chance to do, or any of the TV shows I’ve had a chance to contribute to, people approach me and say, ‘Hey, would you like to do this?’ I laugh out loud and say, ‘Yes, that’d be funny.’ Or, I’m very moved by what I read and say, ‘Yes. How can I help you?’

— John Cena

With comedies, it’s been very gratifying to be able to clock in, laugh all day, and then clock out.

— John Cena

If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.

— John Cleese

I think that sometimes you do something that makes a small group of people laugh, which is all we were trying to do we were just trying to make each other laugh.

— John Cleese

I never professed to be perfect. I do something wrong or something stupid, I laugh at myself.

— John Madden

Walt Disney always said, ‘For every laugh, there should be a tear.’ I believe in that.

— John Lasseter

If I had to put a name to it, I would wish that all my books were entertainments. I think the first thing you’ve got to do is grab the reader by the ear, and make him sit down and listen. Make him laugh, make him feel. We all want to be entertained at a very high level.

— John le Carre

I think I’m in the same mood as ever, but in some ways more mature. I guess you could say that, at 65, when you’ve seen the world shape up as I have, there are only two things you can do: laugh or kill yourself.

— John le Carre

When kids hit one year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit.

— Johnny Depp

The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

People used to laugh that academics would study Disney movies. There’s nothing more important for academics to study, because they shape the minds of our children possibly more than any single thing.

— Joss Whedon

I think stutterers are funny. And I know it’s rude and politically incorrect to laugh at stutterers. But I think it is okay because I know why they’re funny. They make people nervous. People think, when on earth are they going to get the word out, so they start laughing out of their own nervousness.

— James Earl Jones

I love working with an audience. I love working with actual people who, you know, if they’re moved, you see it. If you say something they’re stunned by, you see their jaws drop. If they’re amused, they laugh – that kind of reinforcement, I totally adore.

— Jane Pauley

I spent a day in a neck brace on a hospital trolley after falling from a horse and cart in Ireland. All the nurses thought I was a traveler, which made me laugh. Who else comes into a hospital saying they’ve fallen off a horse and cart?

— Jasmine Guinness

TechCrunch is the publication of record, but they’re so bad and uninformed. It’s insult after insult. When I play poker with other VC’s, we all laugh at TechCrunch.

— Jason Calacanis

It’s funny. You succeed, but now where are you gonna go from there? I’ve got to keep proving that I can laugh or cry more real each time.

— Jeff Bridges

I’m not a virtuoso on an instrument. You know, I’m not always singing in pitch. I laugh sometimes my way through the shows, but I’m an honest songwriter who’s always tried to bring the audience with me on my journey in hopes that they see their own lives reflected in the work.

— Jason Mraz

In Buddhism, they say attachment to anything only leads to suffering. So when we laugh, it’s our way of saying, ‘I’m unattached to that.’ You’re tickled by it, it makes your lobes do something on their own. So humor is very important to me. I always take that to the stage first.

— Jason Mraz

Odds are you know some narcissists. Odds are they’re smart, confident and articulate. They make you laugh, they make you think the first time you met, they probably charmed the pants off of you – perhaps even literally. The odds are also that that spell didn’t last.

— Jeffrey Kluger

I don’t know if we will ever try again because those sort of things are very hard to organise but yes, I’ve known Doon for years and John as well but I hadn’t met Will before, and he turned out to be a good laugh.

— Jo Brand

I think there’s a danger that we’re moving towards a state where the people we are expected to admire are almost not human anymore, and I don’t like that. I prefer it when someone looks like a nice person, and you think, ‘I could have a laugh with them in the pub.’

— Jo Brand

I look at Messi, and he makes me laugh. A beautiful footballer who is still like a kid. A world superstar, but still a kid. Innocent, you know. He just plays.

— Johan Cruyff

I realize how desperate it sounds for me, as a comedian, to ask you to laugh at my jokes.

— John Oliver

You laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same.

— Jonathan Davis

What makes art in general, and literature in particular, remarkable, what distinguishes them from life, is precisely that they abhor repetition. In everyday life, you can tell the same joke thrice and, thrice getting a laugh, become the life of the party. In art, though, this sort of conduct is called ‘cliche.’

— Joseph Brodsky

Making people laugh is a really fabulous thing because it means you’re getting deep inside somebody, into their psyche, and their ability to look at themselves.

— Jane Lynch

If you laugh, we just do another take. Laughter is too rare nowadays. If you can bust a gut, let it go, and we’ll just go back to one.

— Jason Bateman

There’s this little recipe that you have to hit pretty well to get somebody to laugh. And it’s a combination of the way in which you say something, with the facial expression that you have, married with the body language that you have, etc.

— Jason Bateman

I also surround myself with people who make me laugh. If I’m not laughing, it upsets my day.

— Jessie J

Being a parent has been such a wonderful privilege for me. My kids make me laugh and cry, but there are definitely more laughs. They really do give my life meaning.

— Jerry Hall

From the moment you say ‘action,’ this is the fun part – things should happen that surprise you, excite you, scare you, turn you on, make you laugh. If things aren’t surprising you, when you say ‘cut,’ whisper things to the actors that will make them do things that do surprise you.

— Jill Soloway

I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry… just make me feel alive.

— Joey Lauren Adams

Here’s the thing, with comedy – and I learned this from Will Ferrell – you can’t be ashamed. If you’re doing comedy, you have to fully commit to the joke. Shame is not part of it. If you act shy or uncomfortable about your body, that makes the audience shy and uncomfortable. And in a comedy you just want them to loosen up and laugh.

— John C. Reilly

Kind of the exhausting thing about doing pure comedy, or something that’s broader, is you’re kind of a slave to the laugh. If it’s not funny, then there’s not much point in doing it. The kind of ueber-objective is to make people laugh. You always have to have that in the back of your mind, ‘Eh, I’ve got to figure out a way to make this funny.’

— John C. Reilly

I’ve never guided my life. I’ve just been whipped along by the waves I’m sitting in. I don’t make plans at all. Plans are what make God laugh. You can make plans, you can make so many plans, but they never go right, do they?

— John Hurt

My dad would always say, ‘What can you do to make the world a better place?’ Well, I can make people laugh.

— Jon Lovitz

I laugh every day. There are days when my laughs are pretty hollow. Dust comes out of your mouth, and your bones make a funny sound. But I’m laughing.

— James L. Brooks

There is nothing incompatible about laughter and demons, nor about athletic achievement and depression. Mike Flanagan made me laugh, too. But mostly, he made me brave.

— Jane Leavy

I’m from the suburbs and where I’m from didn’t necessarily have people like you see in ‘Suburgatory,’ but along those lines and I think people will laugh at themselves. And it’s lighthearted.

— Jane Levy

Comedy is drama. I think that if your characters are feeling something that is very real, then they have to respond in a way that feels real to them, and some situations, the only response you could possibly have is to respond in a way that’s so extreme that people are going to laugh.

— Jason Robert Brown

I’m direct, I’m unpretentious and I’m pretty dogged, and I hope I’ve got a capacity to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously.

— John Howard

To me, there’s nothing greater than making people laugh.

— Josh Peck

I’ve definitely become smuttier. When I first started out, I had these aspirations: ‘I’m not going to do jokes about anything crude because I’m bigger and better than that.’ But then, I don’t know… It makes me laugh, so I started doing it.

— Jack Whitehall

I think romance is a tool, comedy is a tool and drama is a tool. I really just want to tell stories that challenge the viewer, move people, make you laugh, perhaps push an idea about being open-minded but never settle on a genre or an opinion. I hate genre. I like movies that are original in their approach.

— Jason Reitman

I laugh a lot in horror films. If I’m scared in a horror film, I try to think about what’s scaring me… particularly, if it’s a bad movie, but something they’re doing still works. It’s the same way I look at comedy. I’ve always had an intellectual view of comedy, and what makes people laugh, and how does it work.

— Jason Reitman

There’s only one true superpower amongst human beings, and that is being funny. People treat you differently if you can make them laugh.

— Jeff Garlin

By the way, I’m funniest when I’m not being funny. I’m better to laugh at than with, pretty much.

— Jemima Kirke

I’m noticing a lot of the big bloggers who’ve posted about politics are experiencing an ugly backlash. Readers are angry because they went to the bloggers’ sites for a laugh, not a lecture. Again, it’s a question of being appropriate for the audience.

— Jen Lancaster

I like literature that you respond to in some way. You laugh, you cry, you turn the light on – that’s great, it’s eliciting a response by proxy.

— Joanne Harris

I can’t stand girls who laugh at everything I say like I’m the funniest guy in the world. I like girls who tell it like it is, no kissing up to me because I’m on TV.

— Jeremy London

Don’t you understand how dramatic it is to be a comic? To be a fool, to get people to laugh at this show-off? Milton Berle could take Laurence Olivier and stick him under the table if he wanted to. And so could I.

— Jerry Lewis

I love somebody who can make me laugh and be a goofball. I think it’s incredibly sexy if a guy can look uncool and completely not care. Also, somebody who likes to show affection. I show a lot of affection.

— Jessica Biel

I don’t laugh that much, but I do like humorous books, and I like to entertain readers that way.

— Jonathan Ames

But I couldn’t cut that whole septic tank scene out because the audience liked it so much. So I sort of fell right back into getting a cheap laugh, but I still loved it.

— Jay Roach

If you can laugh with somebody and relate to somebody, it becomes harder to dehumanize them. I think that most of what we are constantly bombarded with in terms of media leads you to a creation of ‘the Other’ and a dehumanization of ‘the Other,’ and it’s very much an us-versus-them conversation.

— Jehane Noujaim

If we could all just laugh at ourselves, in hard times or good times, it would be an incredible world.

— Jena Malone

Comedy is much more challenging, because you have to have the same level of belief but you have to make people laugh, and that’s definitely a challenge.

— Jenna Elfman

Comedy is like math – you can check your answer because you know you’ve gotten it right if you get a laugh. It just makes sense to me. I feel like because I’ve had to keep that tool in my box for so long, I’m ready to show it off a bit.

— Jennifer Carpenter

There are so many people who don’t know small towns exist. When I write, I want to give my readers two things: one is a sense of consolation, and two, I want to make them laugh.

— Jan Karon

Making people laugh is the greatest gift you can give, so I’m never going to stop that.

— Jay Pharoah

We have to get women’s stories out there so a guy will read it, laugh, and think, ‘I’m not laughing at a chick story but a story.’

— Jen Kirkman

If you can laugh, you can get through it. In our house, we laugh a lot.

— Jami Gertz

My father and mother – I figured if I could make them laugh, they’d stop fighting. I stole all their material.

— Jerry Stiller

Ever since I was young, I’ve read Austen and the Brontes. My friends laugh, but those books are always so tragic and wonderful – those stories, they’re just incredible.

— Jessica Brown Findlay

I’d rather get a good clean laugh with good material, than an easy laugh by swearing or shocking. That’s not clever or comedic, anybody can get a laugh that way, it’s too easy.

— Jim Dale

We need comedies in the world! We need to laugh, it’s all so hard.

— Joan Cusack

I do Facebook, but I only have my friends and family on it, and they always laugh at me for how little I post. I don’t know how to upload photos, so I never add pictures.

— Joanne Froggatt

I get most of my news from the Jon Stewart Daily Show. It’s the most level commentary you can find. You have to laugh, because it’s all so true. It’s the closest thing to a counterculture.

— John Mayall

Sometimes an actor will stumble on the joke, and I’m right on them. Back it up before the audience hears the bad version of the joke, because humor is 90% surprise. If they know what’s coming, they won’t laugh as hard.

— James Burrows

The holidays are a way to get away from the pain of the year, creating something people can laugh at. That’s a gift.

— Josh Gordon

You can maybe be artistic and really original and creative, but as long as it’s got that funniness at the root of it, then certain people are going to love it just because they need a laugh.

— Jason Gann

When people talk to me about tyranny, it makes me laugh and gives me the impression that people suffer from amnesia.

— Jean-Claude Duvalier

I look at people, and I like to laugh at them.

— Jeff MacNelly

That really has been my message over the years: ‘Hey, we’re all in this together, so let’s laugh about it a little, please.’ It adds perspective to an argument if you know where you’re coming from.

— Jeff MacNelly

I remember going to Bob Preston’s dressing room because I was losing a laugh – as you do in a long run. He said, ‘Give me the script. That’s where you’re going off the road.’ That’s comedy. It’s never the line itself it’s in the foundation.

— Jeffrey Tambor

I have been accused of making people laugh, maybe when it’s not appropriate, during scenes.

— Jeremy Sumpter

Crashing is never funny, but sometimes you can jump up, laugh at your stupidity, and go, ‘What the hell was that?’

— Jens Voigt

Having done film, TV and theatre, the nicest final bit of the jigsaw is to do live comedy, because you can talk to the audience. It feels really natural to be able to laugh with them, but at the same time still be within the framework of a play.

— Jessie Cave

It’s such a great feeling to make people laugh. I know I’ve made people cry or want to slit their wrists, but to make people laugh is a very intoxicating, wonderful thing.

— Joan Allen

That’s the thing with dementia. If you’re with somebody who has a serious illness, you can usually talk to them, have a laugh every now and then – the person is still with you. With dementia, there’s no conversation there’s no togetherness, no sharing.

— Judy Parfitt

I just love doing broader work – I always get asked to do fairly heavy-duty, intense dramas and interesting, psychologically intense characters. But you know, it’s nice to make people laugh sometimes.

— Julian Sands

There’s something about Alan Arkin. Even when he’s doing nothing, he makes me laugh. I’ve always had that reaction to him: he’s got a weary world-view that makes him perfectly cast.

— John Curran

I was proud of ‘Robin Hood,’ even though critics wrote negative things. But I had to laugh when this big, shaven-headed Hungarian stunt guy first saw me. He said, ‘You Jonas? You playing Robin Hood? You need to go to the gym today.’ So I thought, ‘I’m going to show people.’

— Jonas Armstrong

The funniest guy I’ve ever worked with – it’s just one of those things, again, where we look at each other and just laugh – is Jimmy Byrnes from ‘Wiseguy.’ Jimmy – we can’t be in the same room together. He knows he can make me laugh just by looking at me.

— Jonathan Banks

Ladies be seated, a laugh doesn’t cost you a dime.

— Johnny Olson

When I write something that would have made me laugh as a 10-year-old, or would have scared me or would have excited me, I know I’m onto something.

— Jonathan Stroud

TV is so seductive with a great workday. You’re going to work and making people laugh, and that’s fantastic.

— Jillian Bach

If I see someone down, I’ll try to give him a good laugh.

— Joe Cowley

I think I have got a very good sense of humour other people don’t, but I do. I also laugh at my own jokes.

— Jennifer Johnston

You never write a catchphrase you never write something and say, ‘This is going to be a catchphrase.’ You just write the show, and then in the course of the show, somebody says something, and for some reason it gets a laugh.

— Jeremy Lloyd

That’s not part of me that I have to do something dark to prove to people that I’m an actor. The fuel for me is the laugh. Maybe later I’ll want to show people the darker side… But right now, I’m having too much fan making people laugh. And it really makes me feel good.

— Jerry Trainor

If you can’t laugh at your own characters, or shed a tear for them, or even get angry at one of them, no one else will either.

— Johanna Lindsey

Before YouTube, I used to show videos at film festivals, and that was good and constructive. Watching things with an audience is a great way to gauge – it’s pretty clear what’s working in comedy when there’s a joke and people laugh or don’t laugh.

— Jason Woliner

It’s nice if people can finally loosen up a little bit and just go out laugh at silliness. I mean, people take themselves way too seriously sometimes.

— Larry the Cable Guy

My dad is a comedian, entertainer, you know. He always likes to make people laugh. With me, it just depends on what mood I’m in. You get what you get.

— Laila Ali

I make fun of guys when I like them. I act like I’m 10 years old. I do it as a test to see if they can laugh at themselves. If they get sensitive, then it’s like, ‘Um, this isn’t going to work.’

— Lauren Conrad

I laugh and joke, but I don’t get distracted very easily.

— LeBron James

Whenever I open a movie, I go secretly to the theater and stand in the back and enjoy the moment. I laugh when people laugh, and when people cry, I laugh.

— Lee Byung-hun

I’m reaching 87, trying to keep fit, presenting a vigorous figure, and it’s an effort, and is it worth the effort? I laugh at myself trying to keep a bold front. It’s become my habit. I just carry on.

— Lee Kuan Yew

The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.

— Lenny Bruce

My reputation as a ladies’ man was a joke. It caused me to laugh bitterly through the 10,000 nights I spent alone.

— Leonard Cohen

My father would invite me sweetly to come and sit on a stool at his feet, and, as I let myself trustingly down, he would gently kick the seat from under me – and laugh.

— Lincoln Steffens

The fine line that you do when you do political comedy is, as long as you have that laugh, you’re fine.

— Lewis Black

If we had a hard time, my mother would sit me down and we would talk about it, and she kept talking and kept processing until we started to laugh about it.

— Liza Minnelli

Everything that people lob at you who don’t know you, it all hurts. When you’re doing something as simple as making music, which really, theoretically, shouldn’t hurt anyone – I mean, it’s a song! Step back for five seconds and laugh.

— Liz Phair

All great comedians make me laugh, but people make me laugh more.

— Louie Anderson

To me the goal of comedy is to just laugh, which is a really high hearted thing, visceral connection and reaction.

— Louis C. K.

I get mad like anybody else does, but being able to laugh about getting mad is very healthy, and my kids know that.

— Louis C. K.

Everyone desires to laugh sometimes, and I want to make that available.

— Lydia Millet

I haven’t shaved my private parts, but I dyed them once for a laugh! They looked more ginger, though!

— Lee Ryan

Think about back in the day when we had Archie Bunker, ‘The Jeffersons.’ We had stuff to sit down and share and laugh at. The Internet has made it so we don’t have to sit together anymore. It’s so self-absorbed. No one has to talk to each other anymore, and people don’t realize that that is killing us.

— Leslie Jones

The violence or the vaudeville style of comedy is a technique all by itself. You get up there, and you are a comedian, and you’re doing one thing. That is, you’re going to make the audience laugh.

— Leslie Nielsen

If you put a camera on the wall, you would laugh at some of the fights me and my brothers had.

— Liam Smith

There is an image of me in France that is a long stretch from who I really am. I read about this girl who lives in grand hotels and has affairs with American actors – I don’t recognise this girl at all. Sometimes it makes me depressed. Sometimes it makes me laugh. Sometimes I think, ‘Gosh, that sounds nice, I’d love to be that girl.’

— Lou Doillon

In England, you laugh at yourselves in France, we laugh at others.

— Lou Doillon

I never feel comfortable! I’m always anxious. I’m always all over the board. That said, I like doing comedy because it’s easy to tell when you’re getting it right because people laugh, and you can hear it, and they’re smiling, and you can see it.

— Lucy Punch

If you can make people laugh, you know you’re getting it right it’s an instant pat on the back.

— Lucy Punch

Whatever kind of movie it is, you’re going to be more into it when you care more about the drama, or you’ll have a better laugh if you feel like you know the people better.

— Luke Wilson

I have to laugh because despite the destruction, we cannot let ‘them’ steal our pleasure. That is always the theme of my performances: I’m here to thrive, not just to survive.

— Lydia Lunch

It’s not hard for me to be funny in front of people, but most of that is just horrified nerves taking the form of what makes people laugh, and afterwards I’d always feel dreadfully depressed, kind of self-induced bi-polar disorder.

— Lynda Barry

Old radio comedy makes me laugh, as well as ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ and comedians like Paul Merton.

— Lynne Truss

I always was trying to make people laugh as a kid. I was a big fan of Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner. I watched them and I remember feeling as a child, when I heard the laughter they got, a little jealous that they made someone laugh like that.

— Leah Remini

When you have a writing partner and you’re writing a comedy, your goal is to make each other laugh.

— Lauren Miller

I’m not a broad comic, but I think I can be funny and I think I make people laugh.

— Lennie James

We always thought we wanted to do a show that you could both laugh and cry in thirty minutes, and I don’t know that there are that many comedies that try for that.

— Lennon Parham

I really, really, really want to do a silly romantic comedy where I can just have a crush on the guy, trip over myself, and laugh and be goofy. I just feel like all I do is cry, sob, and fight zombies and the bad guys.

— Laurie Holden

I’m the youngest in my family, and everyone is very funny, and I was always trying to keep up with them. I just loved making people laugh.

— Lisa Kudrow

When your playing drama, and you’re in the moment, and you can nail the emotion that is called for, it just feels like a smooth thing. It’s so great. There is nothing like getting a laugh, though.

— Lauren Bowles

I’m hosting weekend retreats all over America. It is like a 24-hour slumber party for moms. We laugh, eat, play games, get massages, win prizes, talk about parenting and even cry a bit.

— Lisa Whelchel

They can certainly expect to be very impressed with the technical aspects of the show, fooled and led up the garden path by the story and ultimately have a jolly good laugh!

— Louise Jameson

I always wanted attention, and I realized I could make people laugh.

— Lusia Strus

If you’re OK with being clumsy, it’s funny. But if you are super embarrassed, people are going to laugh at you.

— Leo Howard

If you saw pictures of me as a kid, you’d laugh because I was always in football kit.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I’ve got lots of friends who are musicians, so if they ask me to do things, I’ll go and do it for a laugh. I don’t want to be a pop star or anything like that.

— Kate Moss

When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.

— Katherine Mansfield

He’s the most incredible man. He’s so generous and kind, and he helps so many people, and, um, he makes me laugh like I’ve never laughed, and he’s a great friend.

— Katie Holmes

I’ve always loved pure, silly slapstick comedy. It always makes me laugh.

— Kenneth Branagh

I can honestly say, after talking about my mom passing away, I got the biggest weight off of my chest. Comedy is my therapy. That’s how I deal with my problems, my personal battles. I talk about it. I give it to my fans. When they laugh at it, it’s a release, for lack of a better word.

— Kevin Hart

Is everything funny? For me, yes. There’s a positive to every negative. Even my divorce? For me, yes. If you go back and look at it, why it happened or how it happened, there’s something in there that’ll make you laugh.

— Kevin Hart

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.

— Ken Kesey

I’ve always said music should make you laugh, make you cry or make you think.

— Kenny Rogers

I have fond memories of Chris Penn, who’s sadly not with us. He always made me laugh – it was great to be with him.

— Kevin Bacon

When I was young, I learned very early on that I could make my mother laugh. And that was one of the greatest sounds I ever heard.

— Kevin Spacey

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.

— Khalil Gibran

Fame comes and fame goes, but you have to be able to laugh about yourself and to take it with a grain of salt.

— Khloe Kardashian

I enjoyed making people laugh. I discovered that I loved that power over them. On stage, I felt I could really express who I was for the first time.

— Kim Cattrall

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

— Kurt Vonnegut

Okay, sense of humor: plus one. Being able to laugh at yourself: plus one. Being able to laugh at other people without being mean: plus one. Vanity: minus one.

— Katie Aselton

I always prefer the big laugh. That is always the objective, especially with a film like Scary Movie 2.

— Keenen Ivory Wayans

I enjoy the character interplay. Sometimes the audience is not laughing, but smiling, and that is almost just as good because it keeps them ready to laugh.

— Keenen Ivory Wayans

I’d rather laugh – not fuss and fight. You can articulate your point without arguing. When you’re arguing constantly, you just need to say, ‘You’re real cool, but you’re not for me.’

— Keshia Knight Pulliam

I appreciate life, talk a lot, love to laugh, and am very optimistic.

— Kiana Tom

I think the most attractive thing is a sense of humour. If someone can make you laugh, you’ve gotten a lot out of the way.

— Kiefer Sutherland

My way was not to be the petite, gorgeous, little cheerleader. My way of getting by was making people laugh.

— Kristen Johnston

I was pretty awkward when I was young, but I was never afraid of putting myself out there. I would say stupid things but then they would laugh at me and possibly find it endearing.

— Kunal Nayyar

I always laugh and say, ‘Dudes, if I have to choose, I’m a political person first. I would never do another movie again and be completely happy.’ I need to say how I feel.

— Kathy Najimy

The Sun in London ran a front page declaring my bum a national treasure. I really did laugh at that. Its not like it can actually do anything, except wiggle.

— Kylie Minogue

Breaking is when someone starts to laugh in the middle of a scene, which is so fun to watch.

— Kaitlin Olson

I think everyone’s different but in comedy, I try to do my scene to make the director and the other actors laugh. If I can make them laugh and we have the same sensibility, then I’m on the right page.

— Ken Jeong

I would get my laugh insured! Because my laugh is very important: it’s a million dollar laugh, so if my vocal chords make my laugh any different, then I’m going to have to get insured.

— Kendra Wilkinson

This is our lance. See, you’re making me laugh about this now, because there have been a few jokes on the set about what they actually look like. But, see, I personally think they’d be a great toy. So… just batteries aren’t included.

— Kevin Sorbo

Training is vital. You need to know the technical aspects of acting, just in case someone hands you a monologue and simply says, ‘Cry here and laugh here.’ You have to be able to make sense of it all.

— Kali Hawk

A lot of people are very interested that a Korean director has made a western. But when I look at the reactions of the audience, I realise the points at which people laugh are the same for a Korean audience and an international audience.

— Kim Ji-woon

I love humorous games. I love to laugh, and I think it’s a really great way to attract players.

— Kim Swift

I like writing about what to me are like questions that I have about myself and the human condition. I find quantum physics fascinating, so I like to write about that, and I like things that make me laugh.

— Kirsten Vangsness

I go where people are hurting. I stand on the stage, and I make people laugh for an hour and a half.

— Katt Williams

If you didn’t laugh at Jared Fogle, then you would cry.

— Katt Williams

I’d probably describe my sense of humor as ‘twisted,’ I guess. It’s not hard to make me laugh, especially when I’m surrounded by my close friends, especially my bandmates.

— Mac DeMarco

The best book, like the best speech, will do it all – make us laugh, think, cry and cheer – preferably in that order.

— Madeleine Albright

I do love comedy, and when it’s a comedy moment and you can make people laugh, of course it is wonderful.

— Maggie Smith

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

— Mahatma Gandhi

When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely.

— Margaret Atwood

Allopathic doctors used to laugh condescendingly at those who posited that psychological, emotional and spiritual factors were important contributors to the sickness as well as healing of the body.

— Marianne Williamson

Doug Motel makes ‘conscious comedy’. He makes me laugh, and he makes me think.

— Marianne Williamson

The burden of originality is one that most people don’t want to accept. They’d rather sit in front of the TV and let that tell them what they’re supposed to like, what they’re supposed to buy, and what they’re supposed to laugh at.

— Marilyn Manson

If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything.

— Marilyn Monroe

If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.

— Martin Luther

If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.

— Martin Luther

And that’s what the audience was feeling too, as they watched the show and as they watch it now. And overriding all of that is the way it was written. It was written honestly. There was never any manufactured laugh. There was never compromising of character.

— Mary Tyler Moore

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

— Maya Angelou

If you’re serious, you really understand that it’s important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you’re the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you’re funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.

— Maya Angelou

I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn’t have to translate.

— Maya Angelou

I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids, who are mooning me and singing me songs.

— Melissa McCarthy

If somebody’s doing something, and you’re laughing, and at the same time you’re so embarrassed for them, it’s my absolute kind of favorite type of laugh.

— Melissa McCarthy

As a teenager I went all Goth, but I wasn’t mopey enough. I would pretend to be, but I’d end up making people laugh.

— Melissa McCarthy

I don’t do it often, but I do cry. I also laugh a lot people tell me I’m funny and I do like to laugh.

— Michael Caine

One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.

— Michael Jordan

What I have never been afraid of is to be a little silly, and you can engage people that way. My view is, first you get them to laugh, then you get them to listen.

— Michelle Obama

They have what you call a black night where they have black people come in for just one night only to watch comedy, and you get all your local drug dealers, thugs, prostitutes, all of them come in, sit down, and listen to you tell jokes. They the hardest people to make laugh.

— Mike Epps

I live to laugh, and I laugh to live.

— Milton Berle

Catharsis isn’t art. You can’t rely on catharsis to get a laugh. Because guess what? People do laugh when something’s shocking, but that is, to me, the absolute fakest of laughs. That’s not something that sustains a television series, or a movie, or even 45 minutes of a stand-up set at Carolines.

— Mindy Kaling

I think there are different kinds of comedians, and I prefer the clowns who are going: ‘I’m an idiot, aren’t we all a bit like this, laugh at me.’ Whereas, a lot of other comedians are saying: ‘Aren’t I clever? You want to be me, aren’t I cool? Revere me.’ Which is fine. But that’s not my bag.

— Miranda Hart

The main reason I got into comedy was in the hope that I could make a few people laugh and feel better about life, and the fact that I do that is quite overwhelming, really.

— Miranda Hart

I’m not a comedian, but I do make people laugh. I’m good at it.

— Miriam Margolyes

I’m not one for blaspheming, but that one made me laugh.

— Morgan Freeman

It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to make the English laugh.

— Malcolm Muggeridge

I’m kind of a laugh junkie. It’s what I appreciate in life, because life is rich and sometimes it’s hard, and I really, really love to laugh and gravitate towards people who make me laugh.

— Mary Steenburgen

The pretty fellows you speak of, I own entertain me sometimes, but is it impossible to be diverted with what one despises? I can laugh at a puppet show, at the same time I know there is nothing in it worth my attention or regard.

— Mary Wortley Montagu

After I got my first laugh on stage, I was hooked.

— Matthew Perry

When I was, like, 15, I realized there could be a career in making people laugh – like, you could get paid to do it. That was insane to me.

— Matthew Perry

When I was in improv workshops or doing stand-up or writing comedy with others, or just doing comedy, I just laughed. Funny was funny I loved to laugh. I always liked people I found generally funny.

— Michael Keaton

My first manager, he had left Germany when he was five, but he would joke about the Nazis. And I’d laugh, but I’d look at him, and he was the first one who told me, ‘You know, funny is a powerful thing it’s a wonderful weapon.’

— Michael Keaton

When you’re writing these things, you’re in a room making each other laugh, you really have very little sense of political correctness or incorrectness. This is a question that Europe tends to ask and America doesn’t.

— Mike Myers

I have this weird obsession with kids and old people falling. Like, funny falls. It is awful, but it’s the thing that makes me laugh the most.

— Malin Akerman

I remember laughing an inordinate amount of time. Setting up scenes that involve ooze coming out basements, or pigs’ heads flying through windows is really fun. How could you not laugh?

— Margot Kidder

If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.

— Marie Osmond

Ingmar Bergman had a great sense of humor, and he had a very special, characteristic laugh that you always recognized – if he went to watch a theater show, ‘Ah! He is here tonight.’

— Max von Sydow

I want people to laugh and cry, not just sit and stare at the TV.

— Michael Landon

My capacity for humour may have come largely from my father – he liked to entertain people, make people laugh.

— Morris Gleitzman

The real good comedians, like Chaplin, would make you laugh and a second later, cry.

— Martin Landau

I’m an incredibly emotional person, but I always feel bad about that. The work is therapy… I need to emote wildly while I write. I weep. I’ll laugh, get excited, and get up and pace. I try to take the emotional journey with the characters.

— Matthew Quick

Once an actor told me he went to the Shakespeare School of Acting, and I said, ‘I went to the Shakespeare of Acting, too’ and he said, ‘Oh really?’ And I said, ‘I went to Shakespeare Elementary School in Chicago.’ He didn’t take the joke well, he didn’t laugh and didn’t think it was funny – I thought it was funny. It’s all the same to me.

— Michael Clarke Duncan

Comedy is important! When you’re having a stressful day, and you come home, you want to watch something that makes you laugh.

— Michael Cudlitz

You can have a laugh in Los Angeles, or you can weep in Los Angeles, depending on your attitude towards it.

— Miranda Richardson

I’m making the statement that we should all live life and have a laugh. Nakedness is a thing where people take notice. If you do it in the right way, people laugh.

— Mark Roberts

I don’t make political statements let’s all have a laugh. Let’s all live and be free. I try and live to the letter of the law, but right on the edge of it.

— Mark Roberts

If it was just me and Elvis one on one, which only happened once or twice in the times that I did see him, it was a really comfortable. He was a cool guy. Easy laugh, nice guy.

— Mac Davis

I put the storyboard down and came back to it like two weeks later and saw that I had written ‘Butt-Head’ next to the picture, and it kind of made me laugh and I thought, Well, might as well go for every laugh you can get.

— Mike Judge

With comedy, it’s really hard to tell if something’s working on the page – you really need the actors to bring it alive. The scariest part is if people will laugh or not.

— Maggie Carey

The more pain that’s referenced or implied, the deeper the laugh can be because the laughter heals the pain. So you’ve got to have the pain, and then you have the laugh.

— Mimi Kennedy

We can’t laugh quite as much on camera, but we sure do on the set.

— Mary Hart

When you say a friend has a sense of humor do you mean that he makes you laugh, or that he can make you laugh?

— Max Frisch

And I began to tell little anecdotes that had happened to me, and people would laugh. And I began to like that, you know. But I knew that, ’cause I’d do that in school, but I wouldn’t do it out there in front of all them people.

— Mel Tillis

The thing that stand-up does for you is that it toughens you up a bit as far as the business goes. It’s hard. If a joke doesn’t get a laugh, that’s instant rejection. And that’s mostly what this business is most of the time: a lot of rejection.

— Melissa Rauch

With a live audience, it’s very clear when you’ve pushed it too far to the edge – because you fall off that edge and hit bottom with a thud. Nothing abstract about that. You know you went too far when you hear that groan or worse – that silence instead of the big laugh you were expecting following your hilariously edgy joke.

— Michael Patrick King

I’d always used humour as a weapon, as a protection. But being able to make people laugh is a way of not getting in too deep it’s a quick, transient fix.

— Michelle Gomez

I think if you see that no one is going to laugh at you for it, I think the concept of living nicely will be infectious. I believe there is room for the absence of cynicism.

— Mitch Leigh

For me, the most attractive thing in a man is the ability to make me laugh.

— Mollie King

We sometimes laugh from ear to ear, but it would be impossible for a smile to be wider than the distance between our eyes.

— Malcolm de Chazal

Even the most brilliant accomplishments on the Internet are essentially cold. Google has changed the world, but you don’t snuggle up to it. YouTube is a giant carnival, filled with freaks and mountebanks, a place to gawk and laugh and get bored. Certainly not a place to feel anything.

— Marshall Herskovitz

When you knock people out, it’s sometimes a very scary situation – but I always hoped that no one got seriously hurt. Now when I see them get knocked out, I laugh. When you finish the game, it’s funny. And when I look at film of myself, I think, ‘I wouldn’t fight that guy.’

— Marvin Hagler

From inside where I live, I feel like I just perceive events in a certain rational way. I often find it sad or poignant, and it may not make me laugh a bit. But I don’t mind inventing a portrait that allows others to laugh if that’s what they want to do.

— Madeline Kahn

I’m here to make people laugh and help them forget their troubles, too! So I just try to bring heart and bring jokes!

— Matthew Moy

Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails.

— Max Eastman

Something about not waiting for the laugh of a laugh track allows you to take lines that otherwise might be seen as just direct jokes, and make them seem realistic.

— Mitchell Hurwitz

When you don’t have a laugh track, you can make the clothes funny. We can make a sign funny. We can make the way somebody walks funny. The makeup can be funny.

— Mitchell Hurwitz

With all the horror in the world and all the crap that’s going on, for an hour and a half you go eat some popcorn and laugh with your friends. That’s what a movie is all about.

— Michael Rosenbaum

I loved ‘Friday Night Lights’ because it was totally committed to every facet of its storytelling. Incredible actors, story lines that weren’t easy or predictable. It made me laugh, and it broke my heart over and over again.

— Molly O’Keefe

I like somebody who makes me laugh. He’s also got to be prepared – I’m sort of a loose cannon, in a good way. I also like people who disagree with me and make me work to prove my point.

— Monica Keena

I just want to make people laugh, and I want to do that the best way possible.

— Michaela Watkins

Usually when I mention suspended animation, people will flash me the Vulcan sign and laugh.

— Mark Roth

Make her laugh, make her laugh, make her laugh. After all, the strongest relationships are the ones in which you can laugh with your partner through anything.

— Mary Elizabeth Ellis

The minute you make people laugh, you get them to listen.

— Merrie Spaeth

It’s the most amazing cast, a dream cast. We laugh all the time.

— Nicole Sullivan

Scream was great for what it was. For a horror film, it was intelligent, it was funny, it took a laugh at itself.

— Neve Campbell

I was with Tina Turner when she first saw Janis Joplin, and she said to Janis, ‘Honey, you can’t continue to sing like that, or you’ll have no voice,’ and Janis’ response was just to laugh and take a swig on her Southern Comfort.

— Michael Wadleigh

If you want to be a comedian, go out. Do a week in Des Moines, Iowa. Try to make those people laugh.

— Nick Swardson

Of course I used to smile and laugh in 1976, but not when I was competing. Please show me somebody who laughs when they are concentrating I always smiled.

— Nadia Comaneci

I crack jokes all the time. Even when I have a fight, I will make a joke, and people will laugh.

— Nargis Fakhri

Often when you are starting out in comedy, you will find that people will laugh at the things you didn’t think were funny. It’s important to pay attention also to what people are laughing at when you are just talking in regular conversation. Often that is when you are truly being yourself.

— Natasha Leggero

Dramas make me laugh. The other day, I saw ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ and I was giggling the whole time. I laugh when I’m uncomfortable.

— Nathan Fielder

Once in a while, I do these things that would make the 10-year old version of me laugh. I don’t know why. You’ve got to do something a little bit immature. I’m surprised at how often those are my best ideas.

— Nathan Fielder

The type of thing that one person would get mad at, another person would laugh at, is a good kind of zone to be in.

— Nathan Fielder

I cry at anything remotely touching – smile at me warmly and I’m off… television also does it, everything from ‘X-Factor’ to cereal commercials. I cry when I am tired. I also cry when I laugh.

— Natalie Massenet

Mike Myers as Austin Powers makes me laugh – that was genius – and Daffy Duck makes me laugh, but I like odd behavior. I don’t like hip dialogue and one-liners and all that sort of cool, sophomoric comedy. It’s just not for me.

— Nicolas Cage

Some people are very lucky, and have the story in their heads. I’ve never storyboarded anything. I like the idea of chance. What makes God laugh is people who make plans.

— Nicolas Roeg

I like a guy who makes me laugh, doesn’t care about the fame, the show, he just likes me for me, he likes Nicole.

— Nicole Polizzi

I have an extra set of eyelashes because you never know. I could cry or laugh, or it could be windy, and I’ll need a standby pair.

— Niecy Nash

There are these showcase clubs where 14 guys will go on in a row and people are laughing at everything, and I’m like – ‘I can’t laugh that much. That’s so weird to me.’

— Norm MacDonald

Comedy is surprises, so if you’re intending to make somebody laugh and they don’t laugh, that’s funny.

— Norm MacDonald

I suppose some studio executive would say it’s death for a comedy if people aren’t all laughing in the same places, but I find with my movies that people laugh in very different places. I can’t control it.

— Noah Baumbach

Comedy is probably a lot harder for me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing drama for so long or maybe it’s because… you don’t want to search for a laugh you can’t try to be funny, you just have to naturally be funny or be in a situation that’s funny.

— Nina Dobrev

I have always thought it was a terrible shame that the women’s movement didn’t realise how much easier it was to reach people by making them laugh than by shaking a fist and saying, ‘Don’t you see how oppressed you are?’

— Nora Ephron

When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you but when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh. So you become the hero rather than the victim of the joke.

— Nora Ephron

Not everybody should be laughing at everything at the same time. That’s not even natural. My thing is to feel natural, because I don’t want to feel like I could just make people laugh at every single joke, every single time, with the same decibel level.

— Patrice O’Neal

I feel like there’s such a responsibility, when you make a film, to enlighten people, to make them think, to make them laugh, or even just to be entertaining.

— Parker Posey

Written by the ancient Chinese philosopher of the same name, the ‘Zhuangzi’ is one long perplexing puzzle of a rambling collection of enigmatic short stories. It’s a strange feeling to laugh at a joke written by someone in the 4th century B.C.

— Patrick Stump

It’s funny: most people who recognize me on the subway and stuff – it’s much more they think of me as a funny guy. I get much more of people telling me how much I make them laugh, actually. Which is nice.

— Paul Giamatti

As you get older as a comedian and keep doing it, what you actually start to cherish on stage is not the build-up to the jokes, but how comfortable you can be in the silence and the non-laughing parts, and how long you can take the audience without a laugh to then get a huge reaction.

— Patton Oswalt

I don’t care what the haters and naysayers say. If they make jokes about me, I’ll laugh because they’ll probably be funny.

— Paula Deen

You see, with me, when I’m nervous, I smile and laugh.

— Paula Radcliffe

If you can’t laugh at yourself, then how can you laugh at anybody else? I think people see the human side of you when you do that.

— Payne Stewart

I like movies that are scary, but I don’t want them to be dirt dumb. I want a movie that gets my blood racing, makes me laugh, but also gives me something to think about, with maybe a little sexy thrown in. Hollywood doesn’t make movies like that.

— Penn Jillette

In my experience, growing up in Brooklyn and all that, the real tough guys didn’t act tough. They didn’t talk tough. They were tough, you know? I think about these politicians who try to pose as tough guys – it makes me laugh.

— Pete Hamill

I keep reminding people that an editorial in rhyme is not a song. A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think.

— Pete Seeger

If I told you what it takes to reach the highest high you’d laugh and say nothing that simple, but you’ve been told many times before messiah’s point you to the door though no one’s got the guts to leave the temple.

— Pete Townshend

Women respond to comfort and a sense of humor. I was always able to make them laugh, so that helps a lot.

— Peter Dinklage

So when you tell a joke, you want to make someone laugh, or if you tell a story about someone who had a heart attack, it may be because you want the listener to exercise. Stories are tools to create social cohesion and to get humans to strategize together.

— Peter Guber

But then I quite enjoy when something goes wrong, because when I watch DJs that take it very seriously, it’s nice when you make a mistake and laugh about it.

— Peter Hook

And like the old stereotype, I overcame my shyness by making my friends laugh.

— Paul Merton

I was worried people would laugh at me when I started to talk the language, but they were just pleasantly surprised that I could. The sense of humour here is great – once I could have a giggle, I settled down.

— Parminder Nagra

I played the tuba in high school. I wanted to be a member of the marching band. I thought, what can I play that has the most effect? What can I play to get people to laugh?

— Patti LuPone

In my years of acting, the one thing I was never able to do convincingly was to laugh on camera. Fake-laugh.

— Paul Feig

Whatever makes you laugh is fine, and all we can do as comedy professionals is try to steer you towards something that we think is a little better – but not put you down or just perplex you in the process.

— Paul Feig

I don’t really do pranks any more. I have a laugh in the dressing room here, where it’s safe, and the guys don’t go to the papers and tell them what I’ve done.

— Paul Gascoigne

I always say to people that Zimbabweans are the funniest people in Africa we even laugh at funerals. And it’s true. I mean, there are so many jokes about funerals. There are so many jokes about AIDS. We find ways of coping with pain by laughing at it and by laughing at ourselves.

— Petina Gappah

I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.

— Pierre Beaumarchais

Everybody really needs to laugh… If you don’t laugh, you’re not going to live long.

— Paul Rodriguez

I never thought I’d do comedy, ever, in a million years. I always thought comedy was just for fun – to me, the real stuff was the real dramatic stuff. Now I know it’s all valuable. There’s a real excitement, a good feeling when you can make people laugh.

— Peri Gilpin

In fact I was slightly badly behaved at school and got in trouble. I would get a bee in my bonnet about something I thought wasn’t right, and I would ape about too, to make everybody laugh. That was my way through my girls’ school, because I wasn’t very academic.

— Olivia Colman

I want to be able to make people laugh and cry and feel happy or sad and feel all these different emotions through singing and acting. Hopefully throughout my career, I’ll get to pursue them.

— Olivia Holt

I laugh at what I used to think was cool when I was growing up. In all seriousness, I thought having braces was cool.

— Rachel Nichols

I come from a place where everything about me, even my body language, is saying: I mean you no harm. I smile, I laugh. Basic stuff for most people.

— Oscar Isaac

I like being a Baha’i who has an out-there sense of humor. God gives us talents and faculties, and making people laugh is one of mine.

— Rainn Wilson

To be fair, I don’t get mad when people laugh at me when I fall down.

— Owen Benjamin

A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.

— Quintilian

I’m nuts and I know it. But so long as I make ’em laugh, they ain’t going to lock me up.

— Red Skelton

No matter how big a comedian gets, they’re ultimately all just a bunch of nerds with their weird insecurities. You realize these are just the people in high school who were making people laugh.

— Reggie Watts

When you’re a co-host, you’ve got to consider what the other person is saying and take the next step and get the laugh or get to the end of the story. You’ve got to make it happen and then move on to the next story.

— Regis Philbin

It’s extraordinary to think that if you walked into a room and said you had never heard of Hamlet, you would be regarded as a Philistine. But you could walk into the same room and say, ‘I don’t know what a proton is,’ and people would just laugh and say, ‘Why should you know?’

— Robert Winston

I laugh when Floyd Mayweather says that if he went back in time he would beat us all. I’ll tell you this: if he was in the same era as Hagler and Hearns and Leonard and me, I don’t think he would be such a big name. There is too much talk.

— Roberto Duran

On Twitter, I just want to make you laugh at all costs.

— Rob Delaney

I was an extroverted kid and performed, like, acting and singing. Then, the older I got, I realized I enjoyed performing things that I came up with myself more and I enjoyed making people laugh more than making people cry or think.

— Rob Delaney

I wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and I wasn’t the biggest, so I got real good at running my mouth and making people laugh and using humor as a way to not get into fights.

— Rob Riggle

The truth of it is when you get an audience to laugh and camp along with you, it’s much easier to scare ’em again because they’re using two sides of their emotions. It’s much easier to set them up for a good cheap thrill scare again.

— Robert Englund

I think funny is just the foundation. I don’t really think, to some extent, funny is the absolute most important thing. It should also communicate some idea through the medium of cartooning. Just to be funny is… You know what, the things that you laugh hardest at aren’t cartoons.

— Robert Mankoff

What I strive to do is to make the theater experience something that people remember and recall rather than dismiss because it was less like their everyday experiences. So, I’m less interested in internal emotionalism and much more in making the audience laugh and cry by the devices that we use as theater actors.

— Roger Rees

I think comedy and satire are a very important part of democracy, and it’s important we are able to laugh at the idiosyncrasies or the follies or vanities of people in power.

— Rory Bremner

I think, you know, as an actor we get these terribly sort of pretentious ideas in our heads. We try to take everything very seriously at first, you know, until we lighten up, we get onboard, and have a laugh.

— Rosamund Pike

When you go to church, if the pastor at some point doesn’t make you laugh, he probably ain’t gonna make you join.

— R. Kelly

Y’know what? This is what I go by: It doesn’t matter how good-looking a guy is, it just depends on his personality. If a guy can make you laugh and make fun of you, then that’s what would win me over. So, yeah.

— Rachel Bilson

In school, I wasn’t a very good student – I was very irresponsible and never did the studying but always liked to get the laugh.

— Ray Romano

While cats can be infuriating, little old women in fur coats, they make me laugh. Of course, dogs, horses and my highly social chickens are dear to me, too.

— Rita Mae Brown

I don’t talk about myself in the third person, and I laugh at people who do.

— Ringo Starr

I’m a real paradox. Because I’m a very serious person, and I take my work very seriously. But I wrap it up in a court jester and a clown and make people laugh and make them feel good about themselves.

— Richard Simmons

Prophets of doom have always taken risks in terms of ridicule and humiliation. If you stand on a street corner holding up a sign that reads ‘The End Is Near,’ passersby will laugh and heckle. People will say you’re like Chicken Little, running around telling people the sky is falling.

— Robert Kiyosaki

If you can laugh together, you can work together.

— Robert Orben

In prehistoric times, mankind often had only two choices in crisis situations: fight or flee. In modern times, humor offers us a third alternative fight, flee – or laugh.

— Robert Orben

My only goal is to make you laugh, not tell you the truth.

— Ron White

You can teach somebody how to be a brain surgeon, but you cannot teach them how to walk on a stage and make people laugh.

— Ron White

The first thing I ever got my hands on was Andy Griffith’s ‘What It Was, Was Football.’ I was fascinated with the fact that every syllable made it funny, and I would laugh even though I didn’t know what any of it meant.

— Ron White

A lot of people can find something to laugh at in my humor, I guess.

— Ron White

I’m a comic, and I’m supposed to outrage and make people laugh, Part of makin’ people laugh is to shake up their thinkin’. That’s what I came here to do.

— Roseanne Barr

People think because I can make them laugh on the stage, I’ll be able to make them laugh in person. That isn’t the case at all. I am essentially a rather quiet, dull person who just happens to be a performer.

— Rowan Atkinson

Our show was – it remained – you know, kids could watch it and laugh at it. And they wouldn’t know – they wouldn’t get the jokes. But they would laugh at it. So they tell me now they have grown up and they’re watching it. Now they get the jokes. But we didn’t say anything blatant.

— Rue McClanahan

I think it says something that I have never had an obscene letter. A young man once attempted one, but it was so totally illiterate and hopeless that it made me laugh.

— Ruth Rendell

Barack Obama, foreign policy wizard. I just have to laugh.

— Rush Limbaugh

You know, honestly, if a girl can make me laugh, I’m pretty much sold.

— Ryan Lochte

If you do one good thing, that doesn’t define you either. Being around the kids in the juvenile center, they were engaging, they made us laugh but they were there for doing something terrible.

— Ryan Gosling

It’s good just to laugh sometimes, and if it comes out of some truth, it’s even stronger.

— Randee Heller

I like when entertainment not only makes me laugh or cry or thrills me, but makes the world a little clearer – and makes myself a little clearer.

— Rich Moore

We didn’t get along, me and Bill Murray. But I’ve got to give it to him: I don’t like him, but he makes me laugh even now. I’m also jealous that he’s a better golfer than I am.

— Richard Dreyfuss

My wife – an ex journalist and current TV producer – has a rule that she taught me at the start of B3ta. Does the item make you laugh, or does it make you go, ‘Oh my God?’ If you score on either count, then you have something that is worth sharing.

— Rob Manuel

Over the years, people have often said to us that they were going through some horrible thing in their life – maybe the worst thing that had ever happened, or that they could think would ever happen – and that, somehow, in that state, we made them laugh. And I was like, ‘That’s a wonderful calling.’

— Robin Quivers

If people were really naked and everyone knew what each other was thinking, everyone would probably just laugh… or they’d lock each other up.

— Robyn Hitchcock

There is humor in the darkest of moments – People who I have loved and passed away, and very high stake situations where you can’t help but laugh. I think that’s very human.

— Rose McIver

I did standup for a lot of years, too, but when you come out as a standup, you get the feeling from a crowd – it’s a kind of a ‘make me laugh’ attitude. But when you come out as an improvisor, they realize that they’re suggesting everything you do. So they’re already invested in the scene, and they actually want it to work.

— Ryan Stiles

It’s great isn’t it, all this exercise lark? I used to laugh at people on treadmills now I love it.

— Richard Desmond

When you’re doing stand-up, you can comment if something fails, get a laugh from that.

— Rob Brydon

Great teaching – just plain old knock ’em dead, get it right, make ’em laugh, make ’em wonder instruction – is always going to be rare. Good teachers abound. Great ones are special.

— Robert Krulwich

On stage, it is a tremendous thing to be able to make people laugh. But one of the things that I have always loved is when I am in shows where you can turn the audience upside down and make them cry or move them. That is when things are the most rewarding.

— Roger Bart

Sometimes I make myself laugh, but that’s because I appreciate my sense of humor.

— Regina Hall

A woman can laugh and cry in three seconds and it’s not weird. But if a man does it, it’s very disturbing. The way I’d describe it is like this: I have been allowed inside the house of womanhood, but I feel that they wouldn’t let me in any of the interesting rooms.

— Rob Schneider

I have two brothers, and we used to always laugh at oblivious people. People who are so cocky and full of themselves that they just don’t realize how stupid they are. And those kind of idiots really make me laugh.

— Rob Huebel

I come to work with a smile and I leave with a laugh, and I’m so grateful.

— Robert Knepper

Catholic fiction of the type we’re publishing is stories that we know faithful Catholics will enjoy – stories they can escape with, laugh at, cry with stories that will enrich their lives.

— Regina Doman

I always found the dramatic side of things easier than the comedy, because there’s so many ways to do comedy, and it’s also subjective. Someone might not laugh at what you do, whereas if you’re going to do a dramatic scene, there’s usually only one way you can do it.

— Rhys Thomas

Solemnity in politicians is not only tiresome but may even mask those twin sins – self-righteousness and intolerance – for the opinions of others. If I couldn’t laugh, I couldn’t live, especially in politics.

— Ralph Bellamy

If you can’t ignore an insult, top it if you can’t top it, laugh it off and if you can’t laugh it off, it’s probably deserved.

— Russell Lynes

I can laugh on cue, and it sounds real. People laugh with me.

— Ruth Buzzi

Life is tough and if you have the ability to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it.

— Salma Hayek

I go through my comments sometimes, and I’ll just take snapshots of the terrible ones and send them to my friends. I know it’s horrible, but they actually make me laugh. They make my day.

— Sabrina Carpenter

You don’t know what a rough crowd is. If all I have to do is go make people laugh, that’s nothing. Let me tell you what a tough crowd is. A tough crowd is going to a morning service and you got six people there and you gotta pat your house payment. That’s a tough crowd.

— Sam Kinison

Real comedy doesn’t just make people laugh and think, but makes them laugh and change.

— Sam Kinison

The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.

— Samuel Beckett

I’ll never stop doing stand-up. There’s nothing better than getting in front of 2,500 people and making an entire room laugh.

— Sebastian Maniscalco

You want to make people laugh and by virtue of that please them, but when you’re instructed to make people laugh and please them, you’re too resentful to do it.

— Sarah Silverman

I was always the class clown I made my family laugh, and that was when I was always happiest. I grew up listening to stand-up comedians’ albums and watching them on TV, on ‘The Tonight Show’ and Letterman.

— Sarah Silverman

After every single take, I laugh. It’s my own awkwardness and discomfort about being an actor.

— Seth Rogen

I have gotten a couple of letters meant for Mr. Bean aka Rowan Atkinson. These letters would say things like, ‘You’re so funny, you make me laugh, with your big rubbery face,’ and I would say, ‘You can’t mean me!’

— Sean Bean

Without hurting anybody, we all tend to laugh at others’ discomfort. When someone slips on a banana skin and falls it’s funny.

— Shah Rukh Khan

Well, look at all of these summer blockbusters. You can’t help but laugh a little, because you’ve already seen a lot of these movies 482 times.

— Sean Penn

I absolutely loved Tina Fey’s ‘Bossypants’ and didn’t want it to end. It’s hilarious as well as important. Not only did I laugh on every page, but I was nodding along, highlighting and dog-earing like crazy.

— Sheryl Sandberg

Anything I shouldn’t laugh at makes me laugh. I mean, I’m bad at that, when somebody is singing something terribly and I’m thinking to myself, ‘If I laugh now, this is the absolute worst thing I could ever do,’ and then I start laughing and I can’t stop.

— Simon Cowell

We think of the noble object for which the professor appears tonight, we may be assured that the Lord will forgive any one who will laugh at the professor.

— Stephen Leacock

I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry – just making them feel – is paramount to me.

— Stephen Sondheim

I tend not to be someone who’s on all the time, or is always trying to make other people laugh.

— Steve Carell

A friend once asked me what comedy was. That floored me. What is comedy? I don’t know. Does anybody? Can you define it? All I know is that I learned how to get laughs, and that’s all I know about it. You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly.

— Stan Laurel

Only one in four jokes ever works, and I still can’t predict what people will laugh at.

— Steven Wright

I was always making my friends laugh, but I never wanted the attention of the whole classroom.

— Steven Wright

I tell you a joke to have you listen to me, and then maybe I will tell you another joke that we can laugh together and feel equal. And then I will tell you a story hopefully that will make you cry. So I think that’s the way that I approach the columns, as a surviving tool in a way.

— Sayed Kashua

I use a lot of humor, and I follow the saying that if you want to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh first otherwise, they will shoot you.

— Sayed Kashua

You’ve got to be like a fan at your show, just wild out. I make eye contact. I get in the crowd and kick it with ’em, stage dive, mosh. I make ’em laugh. I go out there and turn up, have fun. There’s no set list I don’t have rehearsals.

— Schoolboy Q

I’ve never sent an email in my life. My kids laugh. I often hand the phone to them and say, ‘Can you text this message to somebody.’ I don’t even have a computer on my desk.

— Sebastian Coe

If you’re not the brightest or if you’re not great at sports, or if you’re not artistic, then you’ve got to find a way to make your mark otherwise you’re just this tiny little insignificant dot. I didn’t want to be insignificant, so I made people laugh.

— Sharon Horgan

I always, always want to make people laugh. In every situation. Even when it’s inappropriate.

— Sharon Horgan

I think the best comedy is tragicomic. Yeah, I suppose if you were to look at everything I’ve done, there is a bit of a black streak through all of it. It’s not deliberate: it’s what makes me laugh, and there’s a fine tradition of it, especially in Ireland.

— Sharon Horgan

I was the kid who liked making other people laugh, so maybe the comedy came before the acting.

— Sharon Horgan

If you can make me laugh, my heart is yours! I think there’s nothing more attractive than someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

— Shay Mitchell

I think when you get on with the actors that you’re working with, even if you do have really intimate scenes, as long as you get on well, and have a bit of a laugh while doing it, then it’s fine.

— Saoirse Ronan

I’m Irish, so I’m messing all the time. Which means, I’m having a laugh. I’m always making jokes.

— Saoirse Ronan

It’s easy to laugh at etiquette, but in a hundred years, our children’s grandchildren will almost certainly be laughing at us.

— Sara Sheridan

Bathroom humor, fart, and poo poo humor in movies gets a laugh. It’s a pretty easy audience, and that’s been around for ages.

— Selma Blair

Jason Lee made me laugh all the time because he’s so big, and I love how goofy bodies can be.

— Selma Blair

My favorite movies are movies that I go in and I leave deeply affected. Whether I laugh really hard or whether I cry really hard, I just want to feel really affected in that moment.

— Shailene Woodley

People don’t mind insulting the tall. We’re supposed to be fine with being awkward and skinny. I’m very easy to psychoanalyse. I was a gangly, awkward teenager who could make people laugh and thought that was a way to be socially more comfortable.

— Stephen Merchant

I really, really love music. I’m affected by it and uplifted by it, and made to laugh and cry, and almost fall in love with the person who has made me feel so brilliant and communicated so profoundly to me.

— Siobhan Fahey

But with comedy it’s a simple premise. If it’s funny, people laugh. If it’s not, they don’t.

— Steve Coogan

London audiences are tricky, too. They don’t laugh as much as the Northern audiences because, and I hate to say this, they are a bit cleverer normally, and they are picking up on all the little details and listening more carefully.

— Steve Coogan

My belief system is that you laugh at racism, and that’s how it goes away.

— Sung Kang

He makes me laugh, Mick! He tended to turn up when we were having lunch and entertain us all. He bought an Enigma machine! I’ve never worked with a producer who was more famous than everyone put together.

— Saffron Burrows

My friends say I make them laugh a lot, so I think that somewhere in me is a little comedic ability that comes out in the most inappropriate or unexpected moments. I did a lot of sketch comedy years ago. That’s always in me.

— Selenis Leyva
Quotes About Laughter

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