- We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.
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- I'm not a comedian. I'm an actor who just happens to be funny on occasion.
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- You say you're a comedian, you always have to be on guard.
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- I was with a famous comedian when a young fan walked up and asked for an autograph. The comedian blew him off. I'll never forget the look on the young boy's face. He was devastated.
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- I don't know any astronauts. There are a lot of people who say they want to be comedians.
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- I thought they may have presumed too much knowledge of certain things for people who are not comedians. Like Montreal. A comic understands what it is and its importance, but someone else may not know about it.
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- I think, first of all, you need to love what you're doing, and then this helps in the comedian for its part in everything-but the moment you enjoy what you're doing, you try to express yourself, to find your way, and every time is different, of course.
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- As much experience, education and awareness as one can attain is important for a comedian.
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- I believe it is important for comedians to know who came before them.
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- I was an actor before becoming a comedian.
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- Inside was the second LP album of a comedian's performance before an audience.
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- My favorite comedians were Jimmy Durante, George Burns, senior citizens.
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- Sometimes, as a comedian, a line will come to you, that is so beautiful, so perfect, that you think: I did not create this line. This line belongs to all of us. Surely this is a line of God.
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- In a more intellectually rigorous age, I wouldn't be talked about as a satirist at all. I would just be a topical comedian.
[ Age Comedian Intellectually Just More Rigorous Satirist Talked Topical Would]
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- The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.
[ Audience Comedian Every Fifteen Laugh Make Minimum Once Role Seconds]
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- My greatest hope was to get discovered as a comedian and get on a sitcom.
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- I wanted to do a show based on what my life would be like if I had never become a comedian.
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- When I did Comic Relief, I did it to be on the show; it's a badge of honor as a comedian to do that show.
[ Badge Comedian Comic Did Honor Relief Show]
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- A lot of comedians, when they have a bad gig, will blame everything but themselves. They'll blame the crowd, or the room was wrong, it had a weird vibe, or the promoter promoted a weird atmosphere.
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- I didn't really want to be a comedian.
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- I didn't plan on being a comedian. I didn't plan on getting married and I didn't plan on having kids, but I did all those things.
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- That's why modern corporate movie making has become so laborious that comedians are kind of kicked out by 50.
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- I'm happy to say that I'm a lesbian in the world. I know there are people who don't want to be called women comedians, but I think it gives a path to the fact that we live in extremely patriarchal times.
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- The trouble with most comedians who try to do satire is that they are essentially brash, noisy and indelicate people who have to use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly.
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- You shouldn't listen to us at all if you're looking for information. We don't take ourselves seriously on any level; we're just comedians.
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- John was the smartest and most amazing comedian I've ever worked with. I think more than teaching me about acting or comedy, he taught me about life and the love of people and respect of people.
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- Normally, I name my characters after famous comedians.
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- A comedian's body is funny as well as his mind being funny, his whole personage is funny.
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- I have worked with a great many comedians as opposed to comics, although I have worked with comics as well, I make the distinction.
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- I think Flip Wilson is a brillant comedian.
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- I guess I still feel that I'm a comedian; if I had to pick one thing that I feel like I could do, it would be that. That doesn't mean that I like it, but I feel that's what I am.
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- I wanted to make a living, but I really was not interested in money at all. I was interested in being a great comedian.
[ Being Comedian Great Interested Living Make Money Really Wanted]
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- Politics is developing more comedians than radio ever did.
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- I'm glad Reagan is president. Of course, I'm a professional comedian.
[ Comedian Course Glad President Professional Reagan]
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- Performers like Tommy Cooper, who are always getting things wrong, are much more endearing than comedians who are sassy and smart.
[ Always Comedians Cooper Endearing Getting More Much Performers Sassy Smart Than Things Tommy Wrong]
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- I was up until all hours of the night, listening to stories, meeting great old comedians.
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- Being a comedian, people tell me stuff they shouldn't tell their therapist.
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- Well, a lot of politics is communicating with people, and obviously comedy has something to do with that. I've been a producer and led people. Also, being a comedian, you're under pressure.
[ Also Been Being Comedian Comedy Communicating Led Lot Obviously Politics Pressure Producer Something Under Well]
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- I would probably be a teacher if I weren't a comedian.
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- I thought comedians had to have black on their faces or red beards.
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- The pressure to being a comedian is being funny, but I've given that up, so there is no pressure whatsoever.
[ Being Comedian Funny Given Pressure Up Whatsoever]
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- I feel I'm as qualified for office as any of the other comedians who are running.
[ Any Comedians Feel Office Other Qualified Running]
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- Comedians walk out, get a feel for the crowd. If it's not going good, we change directions. If we got to drag your momma into this thing, we will. Whatever we got to do.
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- I'm a comedian first. I've learned how to act. I just draw on life experiences and that's how I've learned. I didn't take classes or anything. I don't need no classroom.
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- Maybe if I could ever be a successful comedian then I could be an example that Christians can also have fun.
[ Also Christians Comedian Could Ever Example Fun Maybe Successful Then]
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- They don't make you pay for the humor. It's up and down, but they're trying to give you as many laughs as possible in 2 minutes. They are the most honest comedians ever.
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- I do a lot of Vegas work and work with the comedians.
[ Comedians Lot Vegas Work]
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- I think the more the actor lets you know what he thinks of the character, the less the audience cares - like a comedian who laughs at his own jokes.
[ Actor Audience Cares Character Comedian His Jokes Know Laughs Less Lets More Own Think Thinks]
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- The real good comedians, like Chaplin, would make you laugh and a second later, cry.
[ Chaplin Comedians Cry Good Later Laugh Make Real Second Would]
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- There really is no Johnny Carson anymore. There is no one place a comedian can appear and explode.
[ Anymore Appear Carson Comedian Explode Johnny Place Really]
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- It's good to be funny when you are a comedian.
[ Comedian Funny Good]
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- Comedians don't laugh. They're too busy analyzing why it's funny or not.
[ Analyzing Busy Comedians Funny Laugh Too Why]
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- Comedians still make fun of Bill's out-of-control appetites, but with Hillary, the mockery is about how she lets nothing be out of control.
[ Appetites Bill Comedians Control Fun Hillary How Lets Make Mockery Nothing Out She Still]
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- I think my speeches are hilarious. I think I'm a natural comedian, but I like denying people the chance to laugh. I want to deny you the relief of the punchline.
[ Chance Comedian Deny Denying Hilarious Laugh Natural Relief Speeches Think Want]
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- The demand for standup in the eighties was created by how easy it was to exploit 'comedians' and create very cheap television programming.
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- I was stuck in the benefits of being a known comedian.
[ Being Benefits Comedian Known Stuck]
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- I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up comic and acting Shakespeare - in fact, unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to be able to play Hamlet properly.
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- I'm a comedian, for God's sake. Viewers shouldn't trust me. And you know what? They're hip enough to know they shouldn't trust me. I'm just doing stand-up comedy.
[ Comedian Comedy Doing Enough God Hip Just Know Sake Stand-Up Trust Viewers]
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- The idea of a Japanese comedian was not only a rarity, it was non-existent.
[ Comedian Idea Japanese Non-Existent Only Rarity]
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- The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
[ Before Comedian Him His Laugh Mouth Opens Real Test Whether]
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- Comedians are never really on vacation because you're always at attention... that antenna is always out there.
[ Always Antenna Attention Because Comedians Never Out Really Vacation]
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- I was influenced by every comedian I ever saw work. That's the only way you learn how to do it.
[ Comedian Ever Every How Influenced Learn Only Saw Way Work]
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- It was a decision to work clean. I just prefer to work that way. I have no problem with comedians who don't work that way. There was a temptation in the early '70s to reconsider. I decided against it.
[ Against Clean Comedians Decided Decision Early Just Prefer Problem Reconsider Temptation Way Work]
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- Jack Benny was, without a doubt, the bravest comedian I have ever seen work. He wasn't afraid of silence. He would take as long as it took to tell the story.
[ Afraid Benny Bravest Comedian Doubt Ever Jack Long Seen Silence Story Take Tell Took Without Work Would]
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- 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.
[ Audience Comedian Comedy Doing Get Going Itself Laugh Make Style Technique Thing Up Vaudeville Violence]
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- I used to like writing for comedians - I enjoyed the challenge of making other people funny.
[ Challenge Comedians Enjoyed Funny Making Other Used Writing]
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- The comedians all finished their acts with a song. They would get a certain amount of money from the song publishers and would use that money to pay the writers. None of them paid very much for their comedy material, but it all added up.
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- I mean, all alternative comedy is are comedians that have being doing it for so long, for so long, that they were relaxed enough to start becoming personal on stage.
[ Alternative Becoming Being Comedians Comedy Doing Enough Long Mean Personal Relaxed Stage Start Were]
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- I mean, the death in the late eighties and early nineties really shook out a lot of hacks. The pond just sort of dried up for a lot of really bad comedians.
[ Bad Comedians Death Dried Early Eighties Hacks Just Late Lot Mean Nineties Out Pond Really Shook Sort Up]
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- It seemed to me you could do anything in comics. So I started doing my thing, which is mainly influenced by novelists, stand-up comedians, that sort of thing.
[ Anything Comedians Comics Could Doing Influenced Mainly Novelists Seemed Sort Stand-Up Started Thing Which]
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- Comedians and impressionists used to be two different showbiz animals entirely, but now there's no such thing as a comedian who doesn't do impressions.
[ Animals Comedian Comedians Different Entirely Impressionists Impressions Now Showbiz Such Thing Two Used]
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- But it's fun to be something, have that, and you don't have to be real. It's like, comedians. They go on and they're doing all these jokes. I would be like that if I were more awake.
[ Awake Comedians Doing Fun Go Jokes More Real Something These Were Would]
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- Sure, the comedians who swear or use scatological humor can get laughs, but they're uncomfortable laughs.
[ Comedians Get Humor Laughs Sure Swear Uncomfortable Use]
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- Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them, but they riff.
[ Comedians Pencils Pens Really Riff Them Writers]
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- Dick Gregory was a great comedian who went and got arrested, did hunger strikes, protests. It never hurt his career to be outspoken.
[ Arrested Career Comedian Did Got Great Gregory His Hunger Hurt Never Outspoken Protests Strikes Went]
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- Richard Pryor is, in my mind, the most honest comedian. He bared his soul to people. I think that's why everybody loved him so much.
[ Comedian Everybody Him His Honest Loved Mind Most Much Pryor Richard Soul Think Why]
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- Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
[ Changing Comedians Everything Joke Politicians Seriously Taking Their]
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- Ever since I was a kid, I just loved those comedians on TV who would just have fun with the language.
[ Comedians Ever Fun Just Kid Language Loved Since Those Tv Would]
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- It's 103 comedians, or however many it is, and how would everyone tell it. It's enough people of substance that it makes you think of the people who aren't there that are alive.
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- There was this whole middle time that only Chris Rock came out of, you know, 10 years ago it was Chris and a few other people, but that's about it. Chris is in a class of his own; I don't see another comedian who I put in high regard as him.
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- To be honest with you, when I got into this I never thought about reviews. I never thought about what people would say about me. I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do.
[ Actor Become Comedian Excited Get Got Guy Honest Into Just Never Reviews Say Thought Wanted Would Young]
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- When I got into this, I never thought about reviews. I never thought about what people would say about me, I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor, and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do.
[ Actor Become Comedian Excited Get Got Guy Into Just Never Reviews Say Thought Wanted Would Young]
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- When I tell people I'm a comedian they say, 'Oh, are you funny?' I say, 'No, it's not that kind of comedy.'
[ Comedian Comedy Funny Kind Oh Say Tell]
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- I'm no way one of those comedians who want to do drama. I really do love comedies. I hope to go back to it.
[ Back Comedians Comedies Drama Go Hope Love Really Those Want Way]
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- I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer, writer and director.
[ Comedian Director Entertainer Performer Writer]
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- My mom is two people to me. She's my mom number one, and then she's this lady most comedians know as being a legendary owner of a nightclub that's responsible for starting a lot of heavy careers.
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- The average comedian is kind of an observer looking at everyday things that everyone could relate to and then trying to find the exaggeration in those things.
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- My grandfather was running Hillcrest Country Club, and that's where a whole group of Hollywood comedians hung out.
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- Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents were in the business and that I grew up around actors, comedians and directors.
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- It seems like when I first started, people got into comedy because they wanted to be good comedians.
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- When I told my friends I was going to be a comedian, they laughed at me.
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- Up North you are holding your own. Everyone considers themselves a comedian.
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- God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
[ Afraid Audience Comedian God Laugh Playing Too]
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- It's also that comedians don't have the kind of narcissism that actors have. They're writers who perform their own material. It's more interesting. And they're sexy because they risk more. Stand-up comedians risk more than anyone.
[ Actors Also Anyone Because Comedians Interesting Kind Material More Narcissism Own Perform Risk Sexy Stand-Up Than Their Writers]
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- I was considered by my peers to be a good comedian. So that's all I ever strived to do was get some recognition from my peers.
[ Comedian Considered Ever Get Good Peers Recognition Some]
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- My goal is just to become a better comedian.
[ Become Better Comedian Goal Just]
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- I wanted to do - there was this film called 'Magic' that Anthony Hopkins did. And the director wanted me. The writer wanted me. Joe Levine said no, I don't want any comedians in this.
[ Anthony Any Called Comedians Did Director Film Hopkins Joe Levine Magic Said Want Wanted Writer]
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- Dick Van Dyke was my first idol. He's an amazing physical comedian, like a classic clown, but also very smart and not afraid to show vulnerability.
[ Afraid Also Amazing Classic Clown Comedian Dyke First Idol Physical Show Smart Van Very Vulnerability]
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- Half of the great comedians I've had in my shows and that I paid a lot of money to and who made my customers shriek were not only not funny to me, but I couldn't understand why they were funny to anybody.
[ Anybody Comedians Customers Funny Great Had Half Lot Made Money Only Paid Shows Understand Were Why]
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- Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors.
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- Chevy Chase and Bill Murray - we thought those guys were funny. We love Bill Murray, but we didn't think they were right for Airplane! because it would step on the joke if there was a known comedian.
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- The only one that got through was Jimmy Walker, because he plays the gas station attendant. I mean, there's nothing wrong with it, it's just that we were kind of purists at the time, and we didn't want any comedians.
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