We have collected the best Humour Quotes by famous authors including Thom Yorke, Adam Brody, Maelle Gavet, Richard Ashcroft, Martin Kemp and many others, we hope that among them you will find the right thought.
At home I’ve got a very puerile, juvenile sense of humour.
I like to always have humour in whatever I do.
Once in a while, I still witness occasionally sexist behavior and comments from men (which experience has taught me you should always deflect with humour rather than anger). Old habits die hard, after all, and it’s unrealistic to expect dinosaurs to fall silent overnight.
The mad thing is, most of my life, when I’m not in a dark mood, it’s been humour that’s got me through. The only way to get through this business is by laughing.
For me it’s the funniest show on TV. ‘Benidorm’ is such old-school, ‘Carry On,’ panto humour. It’s so warm.
I want to live in Britain with a sense of humour – where there are no groups whose life choices are ‘above’ criticism.
When synchronised swimming first appeared on TV, we laughed very heartily, and I, for one, applauded the decision to introduce humour into the Olympics.
As a bandleader, I try to pass on the same family values that I grew up with: help people, hang on to your sense of humour, be tolerant, and keep your judgments to yourself.
Self depreciating humour won’t win over an employer; if you’re not sure of yourself why should they be?
It turns out that understanding the British public is not rocket science. The British appreciate honesty and they also have a bonkers, off-the-wall sense of humour like me.
I think that London is very much like that. I find there’s humour in the air and people are interesting. And I think that it’s a place which is constantly surprising. The worst thing about it? I think it can be smug and aggressive.
The interesting thing is that you don’t often meet a poet who doesn’t have a sense of humour, and some of them do keep it out of their poems because they’re afraid of being seen as light versifiers.
I guess my sense of humour leans more towards irony and tongue-in-cheek performance.
The English reputation for humour is a way by which people avoid revealing themselves and have superficial relationships, so that you can engage in banter without making yourself vulnerable.
No humorist is under any obligation to provide answers and probably if you were to delve into the literary history of humour it’s probably all about not providing answers because the humorist essentially says: this is the way things are.
P. J. O’Rourke
I do believe in my national identity. I’m very proud, of what I come from and where I come from, and there are values up there that I like and that I hold on to: loyalty I suppose, and a sense of humour, and a lack of self pity.
I think that my ideas of the world are that it’s random and cruel but kind of quite comical really, and therefore the humour, in a sense, springs from that.
If I can laugh with people, it makes me feel safe with them. If I feel someone has no sense of humour, I find it really scary. I do it with the kids as well: put on stupid voices to lighten up the spirit or gee them along to do something.
I like my man to be witty; he needs a sense of humour and needs to be extremely well-mannered.
I love ‘Annie Hall’; I will always come back to that film again and again. Diane Keaton has been such an inspiration to me. She always brings humour, but complexity, and I love watching her on screen. She’s got real charisma.
’50/50′ is a comedy. I shouldn’t say it’s a buddy comedy because it’s not farcical, and it’s based on a true story, but it’s viewing that experience through a very truthful lens of humour.
Bryce Dallas Howard
T20 is generally the fun side of cricket. You’ve got to have a sense of humour. Some days you can turn up and get whacked. Next game turn up, bowl the same and you don’t go for many. You have to take it as it comes.
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.
Ive always done accents and stupid voices. But I went to school in Hampstead, where most of my mates were Jewish, and Jewish North London humour is so clever that I never thought I was funny.
There is no doubt I have offended many people. No doubt, also, that I have blasphemed. I sometimes try to offend as part of my routine – after all, the essence of humour, even in a child, is the effort to shock and surprise.
But I think our humour is exactly the same today. Only, we’ve made rules now. We’ve said we are not going to do prosthetic make-up scenes, because when they take it off half your face comes off.
The photograph of the Queen sitting stiffly across the table from Glasgow resident Susan McCarron is so natural and expressive that it looks utterly fake. It looks like an artist’s portrait, complete with symbolism, humour and poignancy. No wonder the palace and the press have interpreted it in such different ways.
Japanese horror films take the business of being frightening seriously. There is no attempt at postmodernism or humour. They are incredibly melancholy, with a strong emotional core, while remaining absolutely terrifying.
I’ve said before I think the best thing about social media is that it brings people together and the worst thing about social media is that it brings people together. You’re assuming that the people following you know what type of person you are and what type of humour you have.
The people I grew up around who I really liked were quick on the draw. It always just wowed me. And my mum would make weird funny comments. I can see in myself her self-deprecating, hippie humour. I can’t take myself too seriously.
Of the things which nourish the imagination, humour is one of the most needful, and it is dangerous to limit or destroy it.
John Millington Synge
One evening, Mike Myers and Steven Spielberg were discussing ‘Goldmember,’ and I just happened to joke, ‘If you need a Japanese character, let me know!’ The next day, they called me for audition! I find it’s always helpful to maintain a sense of humour.
Now the point of comedy is not just looking funny, it’s use of language. We have at our disposal a great language… and the imaginative, creative use of that language can be at the service of humour.
I realised one day that men are emotional cripples. We can’t express ourselves emotionally, we can only do it with anger and humour. Emotional stability and expression comes from women.
The most important quality in a partner is a sense of humour.
Father’s ideals became part of me and still are today. His reserve, deeply rooted liberal views, his provocative humour, his passion for work and love of risk are also mine.
Niki de St. Phalle
People are realising that vulnerability isn’t a weakness, and the rise of mental health-related humour is making vulnerability feel like a strength.
My comedy is for children from three to 93. You do need a slightly childish sense of humour and if you haven’t got that, it’s very sad.
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.
I’d like to be with a guy who’s in touch with his feminine side. He should be a lover of art, music and culture. A guy with a sense of humour, openness and emotional maturity is a big turn-on.
That’s where humour lives for me. In the body. The Steve Martin kind of stuff or Jim Carrey, that’s what I like. I’ve always felt that’s what I would like to do.
Australian people are dope. They’re so fun. They want to just have a good time, and they have a great sense of humour.
Everybody loves good humour and in movies, we are in search of things that make viewers laugh.
Robbie minced into my life and he had the same oddball sense of humour as me. It was love at first laugh.
Many gays have a good sense of humour and they like the wit I hopefully put into my performances.
I try to be smart with my comedy. Generally, it devolves into bathroom humour. I describe my comedy as, ‘I have the best intentions, but usually it fails.’
I can find the worst thing in the world funny. My humour is dark. If I’m talking about the worst situations in my life, it’s like a comedy – you can laugh at my pain.
It’s so easy as a child to identify with ‘Winnie-the-Pooh.’ The humour doesn’t talk down at you. It’s a very grown up humour – a little bit ironic, a bit self deprecating.
Mixing humour and harsh reality is a very human behaviour, it’s the way people stay sane in their daily lives.
No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.
E. M. Forster
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humour.
W. Somerset Maugham
Since I was 12 or 13, I have been taking movie meetings finding a project right for me because I wanted to try it. Craig gave us the script – it was set in Wales, it is really British humour. I just loved it.
I’ve always loved absurdism and plays of that genre. I think that my humour is very much rooted in theatre and drama.
I still see the world as a place of bitter irony and black humour, failed hopes, dashed plans. I hope to make my work sparer, to outgrow my desire to show off.
The hall-mark of American humour is its pose of illiteracy.
My mother taught me what it is to have a sense of humour; my dad, who was a headmaster, everything you need to know about hard work. My dad is the most decent man you could come across.
There’s only so many ways you can cope with being in dire means, and one way is humour.
Woody Allen’s sense of humour has always attracted me, and I love the way he can make life so meaningful and yet show us what a farce it can be at the same time.
I enjoy humour more than anything, I don’t really sit around banging my head and crying all the time.
My dad, Jack, had a great sense of humour and had a strong impact on me and my humour.
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.
Because I was a shy and awkward child, I used humour to deflect attention. It was a controlling mechanism. Because I could use it to control my image.
I like doom and gloom with a sense of humour. Maybe it’s a Scottish thing, we like to undercut indulgence with a laugh.
Imitation is the best form of flattery; people generally understand that my comedy is not intended to hurt anybody. Occasionally, an actor might take exception, but they should just understand that it is all done in good humour.
My partner of 45 years is Australian, and a big part of her character is that marvellous quality of irony which Aussies possess. I relish their humour and sense of fairness.
Men who are not given any voice in this because of the secret nature of the courts, what they’re left with is dressing up ridiculously, but at least using humour to try and draw attention to their kids.
While the eyes of the world will be on us let’s show everyone that we have a great sense of humour.
My career is chequered. Then I think I got pigeon-holed in humour; Shakespeare is not my thing.
I like Roy Orbison’s video for ‘I Drove All Night’ because it’s so literal. It is just a man driving throughout the night. I like that silliness. To be in a video is a ridiculous thing. It’s almost impossible to do it without any humour.
I have never considered myself English Both my husband and my son say I don’t understand English humour, and they don’t always understand what I think is funny, or when I’m being ironic.
Princess Michael of Kent
I have a weird sense of humour. My dad’s the same. We love watching ‘Monty Python’ together.
Anupam can make you feel good in any situation. His sense of humour and connection with people makes him special. We both are real people and have not picked up the airs of stardom.
It always interested me that ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and ‘The Kumars,’ when shown around the world, were referred to as British comedy. It was only here that they were referred to as Asian comedy, even though I always felt it was very British in its humour and structure.
Writing humour certainly involves pain. A sitcom is 6 months of writing pain!
The great British public is renowned throughout the world for its sense of humour.
James William Middleton
The thing about a sense of humour is that it’s not bestowed on the good. It’s just randomly dished out.
I don’t mock things, which makes me more vulnerable to mockery myself. If you’re cynical, you’re protected from mockery. But I have to be nice. I don’t think I have irony. A sense of humour, yes, but not irony.
I don’t think that ‘No Man’s Land’ is a comedy. I think that it’s a serious film with a good sense of humour.
Comedy films never die, all they need is a good script instead of merely relying on humour. That said, I would love to portray more characters like the one I play in ‘Perariyathavar.’
One of my great regrets, and I don’t have many, is that I spent too long putting people’s status and reputation ahead of their more important qualities. I learned far too late in life that a long list of letters after someone’s name is no guarantee of compassion, kindness, humour, all the far more relevant stuff.
With humour, there is life.
I personally feel that, for some people, their physique and looks work for them. And when you’re deprived of both these aspects, you rely on humour!
One of the real ways out of conflict is humour. It builds bridges; it’s a weapon against rigid ideology, narrow thinking, intolerance.
Some of the best comedy comes from squeezing humour from tragedy and struggle, but the main pursuit of comedy should be laughter.
Who wants to watch a series without humour?
Stand-up comics tend to make two assumptions: that Christians have no sense of humour and that all their audiences are unbelievers.
I’m constantly looking for humour in the news. The funniest things are in the minutiae.
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
I understand that being able to appeal to the public and having an amazing sense of humour is not something that comes easy. It’s definitely a gift and for which I’m thankful.
I love inappropriate humour.
People will be surprised to learn that I’ve got a sense of humour.
I am a grown man who is an entertainer with a specific type of humour and if you don’t like it, that’s okay, I owe you nothing.
Bianca Del Rio
I don’t know, maybe Australian humour isn’t supposed to be funny. It’s as dry as the Sahara, and I think people miss that.
My father was a very funny man, and one of my strongest recollections is hearing him laugh. He didn’t like people who had no sense of humour.
I would love to see an adaptation of ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer. It has all the things I want in a film; love, travel, humour.
Contrary to my image, I do have a sense of humour.
Humour is used in struggle and solving difficult things, and I relish that tradition.
My capacity for humour may have come largely from my father – he liked to entertain people, make people laugh.
Honestly, I have a decent sense of humour with people I am close to.
Anita Hassanandani Reddy
My son got me into ‘The Mighty Boosh.’ I just love that surrealist humour.
Humour is ahead of everything creatively. I think if things aren’t humorous, they are just crap.
Vulgarity shouldn’t pass off as humour.
Australians are geniuses with a good sense of humour.
Why can’t people credit that he and all of us had a sense of humour?
Humour is like violence. They both come to you unexpectedly, and the more unpredictable they both are, the better it gets.
I’m a Londoner, and I feel I can’t live anywhere but London, but I feel more connected to Ireland as a country. I ‘get’ Irish people and the humour here, which is more subtle.
It’s fine if folk don’t like my sense of humour. But if somebody misunderstands, then that hurts a bit.
You could say that when you introduce humour to your work, you also step back a little from it. You create a distance.
Lars von Trier
I find it a lot with Australian and New Zealand comics, and people from that part of the world, we share quite a similar sense of humour I think.
Someone enjoys your batting, and someone, your humour. Since I’m not batting any longer, I can at least say some words, so people enjoy and give me compliments, too.
That’s humour – doing what funny people have done since comedy began without being edgy and pushing boundaries.
I’ve often said the most difficult things I have to say to people through humour. I can very quickly put someone in their place with it. But we all walk away unscathed because there’s been some funnies around it, and I’ll usually make sure that it comes back at me.
For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment; in regarding one’s own trade a sense of humour and a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss.
That’s what I always liked about science fiction – you can make the world end. Humour is my multiple warhead delivery system.
The Dutch do have a slightly odd sense of humour.
I was nominated 13 times during my 15-week stay in ‘Bigg Boss’ but they couldn’t get me out. That is because I was truthful and entertained the audience with my good sense of humour.
Rod has such a wicked sense of humour. I loved him very much.
I want to give haute couture a kind of wink, a sense of humour – to introduce the whole sense of freedom one sees in the street into high fashion; to give couture the same provocative and arrogant look as punk – but, of course, with luxury and dignity and style.
Yves Saint Laurent
My ideal woman would be someone with both beauty and intelligence. Someone who can hold her own in a conversation, gets along with my family and respects elders, loves children, and have a sense of humour as whacky as mine.
We had to do the same thing here. To top that sequel was quite a task. Mike had a couple of good conceptual humour and character ideas, which got me back into it.
Liverpudlians have an amazing sense of humour, and they’re very loyal and warm. All my family and friends are there, so when I’m not filming, I like to go back and catch up with everyone. We’re a very close family.
The real problem you get with humour is that you only have so many kinds of jokes within you, and you mine that vein a lot. This isn’t just common to me; it’s anybody who’s funny.
When someone doesn’t have a sense of humour, it kills me.
I wish actors got more credit for humour.
People who know me know that there’s a light-hearted side, humour… But you could easily say I am cheeky.
I have to have people around who are of a certain strain of humour. I can’t deal with people who have no humour.
Having a co-host helps, because the humour comes through the banter you have with them.
I have this sense of humour which is about as sophisticated as a seven-year-old schoolboy. I get very overexcited and silly.
It’s difficult to say what attracts one person to another. It’s always a combination, isn’t it? I’ve always found people interesting because of the way they think, and a sense of humour is irresistible.
My wife is way funnier than I am. As much as I don’t really feel I share a sense of humour with my family, I definitely share one with her – we find the same things funny.
English people have a great sense of humour.
And realising that humour is the most powerful way to make a political statement and say the things that you want to say. And it’s not used enough, at least not in the U.S.
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.
Humour has to have a huge nugget of truth to be funny. You cannot laugh at something unbelievable. Whenever I say something on a lighter note, I am basically unwrapping the truth from a different perspective, and that makes it funny.
I think if there is a God, it’s very important that he has a sense of humour – otherwise, you are in for a very miserable afterlife.
Not all journalists are really journalists. They ask such stupid questions sometimes, especially the newer ones, and because… these people can’t tell if you’re joking around, you just can’t have any sense of humour; you really can’t.
I guess people have a hard time dealing with humour in music. But sometimes life is depressing, and sometimes life is fun, is about just laughing with your friends, and I wanted to express that as well as the darker stuff.
I know some children’s writers write for specific children, or for the children they once were, but I never have. I just thought children might like my sort of visual humour.
I remember sitting in front of the British Museum and having a moment – an epiphany, I guess – that I just had to live here. And now that I have grown to understand the British sense of humour here, I love the culture, too.
I’ve just got a really sick sense of humour that’s separate from reality.
A common sense of humour and a love of music is really important, as I love all types of music. You name me any genre, and I can give you a list of artists I adore.
I’ve always been a fun-loving guy, and my films will always have some humour.
Humour is – how do I say this without sounding pompous – it’s a huge part of my life.
A long time ago, you couldn’t say what you mean in blues. You had to disguise it, and that’s where the double entendres and humour comes from and that’s where we come from.
Brits and Australians have a similar sense of humour, obviously because of our links. It’s more sort of jibbing and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
It’s rare that you discover something by accident that resonates with your sense of humour.
I’m a diplomat by nature. I help find the middle ground. I crack a joke and use humour to help resolve potentially vicious situations quickly. It gets things in perspective and helps everyone to see that things aren’t as bad as they seem.
I went to a British Council event a while back and there were lots of German professors of literature. About half of them were convinced I had a German sense of humour and the other half were sure it was British. They are probably still arguing about it now.
A lot of the people who live the lives of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ don’t see the humour of their lives simply because this is just who they are. Even though I’m from that part of the world, I’m no longer part of that world.
People don’t get my sense of humour.
Jews, black people – any people who are hated or who have suffered, either as individuals or as a people – use humour. It is a survival skill.
Humour has always been a self-defence mechanism for me.
In the U.K., working-class lives are depicted with the characters’ humour, but in the U.S., people with difficulties are often depicted with pious or simply dreary lives.
From the stage I’ve seen people of all ages absolutely roaring at really good toilet humour.
I haven’t that much of a sense of humour.
The quality of my songs will get through to people. They are good songs. Lyrically, some of them are interesting: there’s stories, a bit of humour. I’m very confident about the music I play, you know.
From my point of view, humour and irony include tragedy; they’re two sides of the same coin.
If you’re an athlete and you completely focus on the body, you’re missing other components. Similarly, if you’re trying to broaden your mind but not also being attentive to your sense of humour and your spirit, then you’re not going to grow and develop so fast.
Comedy is one of the toughest genres. It is so essential to get the timing right, failing which the humour can fall flat.
I have a great sense of humour. I am teasing, taunting and authoritative.
When I saw ‘The Office’ I thought, ‘That’s it for our type of humour. This has changed comedy for ever.’ I loved it.
So many more people recognise you and want to take up a moment of your time for a photo or a hello. You try to deal with it with grace and a degree of humour, because what’s the alternative?
I love humour, and I can laugh at myself.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
I’m not funny ha-ha, but I look for real humour in just about everything I’ve ever played.
There’s a hidden Goth in me: I have a dark sense of humour; I have a dark sense of fashion.
There is a lot of rubbish written about toilet humour – people saying it is childish and pretending it is beneath them – but there is no doubting the effectiveness of a really good willy gag.
I like a twisted sense of humour. On ‘A History of Violence,’ David Cronenberg and I would be doing the grimmest scenes and laugh a lot.
Politicians don’t laugh very often. That is their problem. Humour is very important in politics and I think the politicians should laugh more to get better results.
Life is hard. It is not too short, it is too long. But you have to learn how to live; you have to have a sense of humour.
I don’t think anything’s cruel – if you’re so sensitive these days that you see cruelty everywhere, unfortunately every time a comedian comes on television, you’re going to accuse him of cruelty, because that’s the kind of humour that the English people enjoy.
The more painful incidents of racism I chose to forget, to suffer in silence, or use humour to deflect rather than confront. I didn’t want to be the angry black man.
I’ve got a sick sense of humour, a dark sense of humour. I do care about things and care about people but there’s another side to me.
I don’t see any division between the comic and the tragic. I feel like I’m writing about serious things, and humour is one of my tools. It’s not contrived, just part of my world, part of the way things are to me.
If you don’t have humour, then you may as well nail the coffin lid down now.
I think you need humour and a sense of fun, which is what I try to bring to my books to leaven the danger and action. The ones that really transcend the genre always have a great laugh in them, such as ‘Fright Night,’ ‘Lost Boys,’ ‘American Werewolf in London’ – just to name a few.
I use humour a lot because humour is a great equaliser. Everyone laughs at the same things if you set them up properly, and that makes everybody equal. At the end of the day, I see my job as being there to entertain as well as inform and provoke.
Never forget your sense of humour.
One Catwoman in the world! It’s amazing because you have to have a sense of humour, it’s a must.
When Stephen was first diagnosed, we weren’t actually going out together, but I was already falling in love with him. He had beautiful eyes and this amazing sense of humour, so we were always laughing.
It’s the teenage and university crowd, so we give them lots of sex jokes and gross humour.
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Even today, people tell me that the slapstick humour in ‘Friends’ is the most viewed comedy track on television. Siddique knows the art of mixing slapstick with genuine humour.
I think we all love to watch something we know is going to go catastrophically wrong – the old banana skin syndrome, which is particular to the British sense of humour.
I love the Russians for their verve, their melancholia, their vivacity, their unpredictability, and their humour.
I don’t think comedy is necessarily an attack. It’s finding humour in life. I don’t think if you’re making a joke about something you’re automatically demeaning it.
Brits have a peculiar sense of humour. I love it.
My mother is very funny. She is from a village; she has a typical village kind of humour. Often she says a lot of things she herself isn’t aware is a punch line.
I’m a massive Roald Dahl fan. I grew up reading his work and see a recurring theme – I have continued to love stuff that mixes the gruesome with a sort of humour. I’m drawn to that in my work.
Mandy Sutter’s ‘Bush Meat’ triumphs in its lean prose and true dialogue, in its disarming humour, in its evocation of a family divided by sexism and racism in 1960s Nigeria.
We’ve always had people who don’t understand our humour.
Apparently, I have a totally different sense of humour.
The Internet is a global lavatory wall, a Rabelaisian mixture of truth, lies, insanity and humour.
I’ve said things on Twitter that I’ve said deliberately because I think they’re out of order, I think that’s the sense of humour that I’ve got. I like saying things that I think are terrible, because it gives me a buzz.
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.
Relationship humour gets the most laughs. If I’m able to get the women laughing, men will have to laugh along because they would be scared to death.
The liveliest effusions of wit and humour are simply what the reader of a novel has a right to expect.
London Fashion Week is so different from any of the others. Compared to the strictness in New York, London seems freer from commercial constraints. Truer to the process, to street style, to a sense of humour.
My father lived life to the fullest, even though it was cut short at a young age in 1962. He was known for his intelligence, wit, wisdom, a wonderful sense of humour, a great personality, and a genuine goodwill towards all.
I would love to make a sarcastic film; I am so sarcastic that even my kids are now getting used to my sarcasm. You see it a lot in British comedy because that’s their sense of humour.
I spent the first 16 years of my life in Scotland. My whole family is there. It’s in my blood and informs my sense of humour, my point of view, the people I choose to spend time with, everything.
So I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction, I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even. But I don’t say that I consciously wrote with humour. Humour is a part of you that comes out.
I love the way Lady Gaga finds humour in fashion, but it’s still very stylised.
The only way to survive is to have a sense of humour.
The journalists have obviously failed to capture my innate magnetism, humour and charisma, and they all need to be fired from their newspapers right away.
I think it’s like music for the sake of music, and a lot of the words stem from liking music a lot, wanting to be a good band and having a good sense of humour, and living in a situation where we’re free to pretty much do what we want.
When somebody says something stupid to me, I usually alleviate it with laughter and humour. I make light of it to educate people on why it’s inappropriate.
I’ve always had a sense of humour, and I still do, so I just want to go on performing as long as I can. It’s as simple as that.
I think I have more humour in me than anger. But those two things are great bed-fellows, performance-wise.
I’m a kind person; I don’t have a really nihilist streak in me, but I respond to that kind of humour.
The English have a special sense of humour. This I immediately experienced in the dressing room. As I walked with two plates while eating, suddenly a team-mate asked me, ‘Basti, what time is it?’ hoping I would automatically turn my hand to look at my watch. That’s quite entertaining.
I always try to lace my work with just a teensy-weensy bit of humour. It’s rather like putting a sprig of feathery stuff in a flower arrangement: I believe humour is a great balancer.
I rate ‘Naan Thaan Bala’ as one of the best performances of my career. It was a rare feat, perhaps in Indian cinema, that a popular comedian played the lead role in a film that didn’t have even a tinge of humour.
Any good actor has to have a good sense of humour, too; they have to be able to manipulate people.
A comedian needs more than just a sense of humour. He needs to observe everything around him.
When you see ‘MHN,’ you will see that the film is based on relationships which are serious, but there is a sense of humour to it, too.
As voiceover artistes, we don’t transcribe; we translate. One has to communicate what the character is feeling, and introduce humour where needed with a regional flavour that the audience can relate to.
Football is losing its heart and sense of humour.
Designers have a reputation for setting the tone for what people – and especially women – are supposed to wear. How long their skirts should be, things like that. I have a different philosophy: put something out there with humour; let people see that and come around to it on their own.
I’ve come to love ‘This Country’ on BBC Three. It takes a while to get into the swing of it because the humour is very subtle, but it’s very beautifully done and there are quite a few guffaws to be had.
I’d always wanted to do costume drama, but period dramas often become very wooden. Just because they’re born in the 1400s, all of a sudden people start losing their sense of humour or their personalities.
My humour is a mix of my parents’. I get the chatty, anecdotal stuff from my dad and the filth from my mam, Valerie. She has a very dark sense of humour, I think from having grown up with disabilities. It’s a coping mechanism. She had polio when she was eight and has been in a wheelchair for about 20 years.
I like someone with a really good and dark sense of humour.
You should laugh everywhere you can find even the slightest glimmer of humour.
There is nothing worse than annotated humour.
I look around and pay attention to what around me is not being talked about, and then I talk about it with as much humour and honesty as I can. All my books have been that way.
I use humour a lot. My foundation is tragic, but my appearance is humorous.
If any man, out of an humour, should turn all his Estate into Money, and keep it dead, he would soon be sensible of Poverty growing upon him, whilst he is eating out of the quick stock.
I identify with this guy’s frustration and inability to control his fury at moments. I even identify with the way that this guy covers up a lot with humour. So yeah, it’s interesting.
I have a good sense of humour, and that’s what kept me for the 30 years I was locked up.
Anthony Ray Hinton
My face hasn’t matured as I’ve grown up, and neither has my sense of humour. In the mirror, I see an older version of myself as a child, although I do have more wrinkles and freckles.
Humour can always be found in a place where there’s fearlessness.
I get the feeling that my songs aren’t that dark. There is a cynicism but humour also – it’s not depression upon depression upon depression. It’s a blend.
I write with humour about sadness, to introduce an element of sweet to the sour, a bit like Turkish food.
A musician cannot move others unless he too is moved. He must of necessity feel all of the affects that he hopes to arouse in his audience, for the revealing of his own humour will stimulate a like humour in the listener.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
There’s so much light in Broughty Ferry. I think the humour in Glasgow is darker, because it’s much more gloomy, there’s a perpetual misery there.
My family is as complicated as the next family. We have our joys and our tragedies, and we bear both with a black humour that is in our genes.
I think I’ve got more humour than comes across.
I grew up as a Muslim: it was quite a conservative upbringing; I didn’t wear mini-skirts. But my mum and dad had a good sense of humour and were creative. I guess all of that shaped me.
Comedy has a way of dealing with serious issues and finding humour in it.
Paul Verhoeven is one of my favourite directors. I love his ability to mash extreme violence with humour and satire.
All I’ve ever tried to do is get the best out of people and to bring a bit of humour into it. Unlike, say, ‘The X-Factor,’ which may be great TV, but has no humour at all.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Politics has friendship, enmity, intrigue and even humour.
Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.
When I was nine I spent a lot of my time reading books about the history of comedy, or listening to the Goons or Hancock, humour from previous generations.
Some designers retain a sense of humour about what they do, but others are deathly serious and have no life outside of it; they’re lying awake night after night constructing dresses in their heads.
It seems to me that humour is everybody’s way of keeping sane and standing off from the situations so that they can see it intellectually, as well as emotionally, and I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, but if somebody tells a joke, it’s nearly always a mini fantasy.
Diana Wynne Jones
My real name is Madeleine Wickham, under which I write dramas with an edge of humour. As Sophie Kinsella it’s fast, all-out comedies, such as the ‘Shopaholic’ series.
There’s no life without humour. It can make the wonderful moments of life truly glorious, and it can make tragic moments bearable.
I love to bring humour into my work. Because comedy is not a huge part of the art world. And big-business film takes itself very seriously.
Content films necessary don’t go by the content, they go by the emotions. Content films are about content whether you want to portray the content or sell it through humour, through seriousness, is a choice of the filmmaker.
Kay Kay Menon
Seeing the funny side of life is useful, and I’ve always had a sense of humour.
Australians have a fantastic sense of humour and incredible taste. I was there for ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ and I had a great time. Aussies loved it, and I think ‘Bride & Prejudice’ is going to do well, too, because it’s all about having a good time.
The Irish crowd and the humour, they really get it. Them riffing with ‘The Room’ makes the film watchable for me.
I really do prioritise humour in people. It’s a sign of intelligence. One of the most important things I heard that moulded me was Derek and Clive. That sense of release when I heard them for the first time, crying and laughing, was akin to seeing Sonic Youth for the first time.
Laughter is an important part of a good relationship. It’s an immense achievement when you can move from your thinking that your partner is merely an idiot to thinking that they are that wonderfully complex thing called a loveable idiot. And often that means having a little bit of a sense of humour about their flaws.
Alain de Botton
I think the key attributes for a good speaker are someone that’s articulate and someone that puts a fair amount of humour into what they do.
Eric Ashcroft, a gentle, kind, popular man with a wicked sense of humour, was always modest about his wartime exploits, but eventually, with much prompting from his persistent son, he told me of his terrifying experience on D-Day.
A few things make a person stylish: honesty, imagination with a sprinkling of humour. I still keep an eye on trends, but I don’t follow them any more.
I really admire medical people. They have a great sense of humour, and they just have to get on with it.
In comedy, if you don’t have the right tuning with your co-actor, the humour can fall flat.
The way people do an impression of me is they use the phrase, ‘Who are these people who do this… ?’ Then they do some not-quite-good-enough observational humour, which is the most offensive thing.
I identify my humour quotient with that of my father’s. He used to love British comedies. Also, when it comes to fitness, my father was a sportsman and I too was into sports as a child.
Soha Ali Khan
Every culture loves scatological humour. That’s always a favourite.
Alex D. Linz
Humour has always been my cup of tea.
I like curvy women. But obviously, a sense of humour is the most important thing. And there’s nothing sexier than a girl who is comfortable in her own skin.
I like a man with a nice, self-deprecating sense of humour.
I’m always impressed by confidence, kindness and a sense of humour.
Kids have a great sense of humour. If you don’t, you’re going to miss out.
Humour is learned behaviour, and I know exactly why I learned to be funny. I did it from a very early age. My dad was a hilarious man, and the way we interacted was being silly together. It was a way to hold his attention.
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.
I love a girl with a good sense of humour, who is confident but who has a sweetness to her – that melts my heart.
Maybe it’s the buildings, maybe it’s the weather, but you can see it affects us – that Scottish gallows humour; our tendency towards bleakness, to look at things in a negative way. Those definitely come out in my writing.
I think ‘Bridesmaids’ has changed things socially and culturally. Before, it was really difficult for women to do scatological humour without seeming gross.
I’ve always said, I thought the Sex Pistols was more Music Hall than anything else – because I think that really, more truths are said in humour than any other form.
Mum and Dad have both got very well-tuned senses of humour.
Lavatorial humour is just not my cup of tea. But, having said that, I’m really of the mind that comedy is so subjective and whatever makes you laugh makes you laugh. If it doesn’t make you laugh, don’t watch it.
We were a very funny family. Humour was the tool with which my brother and I tried to get attention. We were always trying to be the funniest.
I love inappropriate humour. What else are you going to do? You have to laugh.
That which has not a real excellency and value in it self, entertains no longer than the giddy Humour which recommended it to us holds.
I have inherited my father’s sense of humour about myself. It’s a lot more pleasant to make fun of yourself than when someone else does.
Top Gear’ is all about the cars. We’ve got humour in it but the unique premise of the show is it all starts with the car.