Quotes on what is funny and what is not

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
– Will Rogers

(You bet sir. For I don`t think what is happening to me is comedy…but these guys who are regular readers of my marriage woes think it is funny)

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’
– Isaac Asimov

(I agree with you Mr Asimov (have read his book called ‘Naked Sun` – no it is not porn)

When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.
– George Bernard Shaw

(Now you guys know, I have been writing nothing but the truth)

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
– Peter Ustinov

(Did not quite gather this, but thought somebody among you would help me out)

They’re funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you’re having them.
– Eeyore, Pooh

(Phew! Tell me about accidents. BTW….have you guys heard this one – Children in back-seats of the car cause accidents and accidents in back-seats cause children.)

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
– Horace Walpole

(Mr Horace…so you telling me that I am a thinker! You guys heard that?)

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
– Mel Brooks

(Very well said. Are you telling me that I am typing this from an open sewer?)

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

(This Comedy King could not have said truer words. Comedy is really easy. I think that to make a comedy all I need is a park, a policeman, a pretty girl and my wife Rekha)

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

(Damn true. If you guys were in my place you will be seeing the things in my life as a close-up. Only then would you know the tragedy in my life. And you heart-less people…you have the guts to laugh at me)

Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.
– Edmund Gwenn

(I would not want to question that. Never heard of anybody who has disproved that…probably coz nobody ever lived to tell that dying was difficult)

By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at or message him at +919650080255.

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