The last person they expected to connect with a screenplay was the comedic blonde actress with the funny voice.

But I think funny and talent will always win out I mean of course there are hurdles but I think if you're funny you will get over all of that.

It is funny because the guy who is my boss now Howard Stern has a similarity there. He got big being a regular guy. He wasn't the greatest looking guy in the world.

I have a funny family but none of them are remotely in show business.

When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group.

So it was just funny to read a script that was just similar to what had been going on in my life.

People are funny and in the most tragic situations when comedy erupts from nowhere it can turn on its head within the space of a second or a minute. You're laughing one minute and you're crying the next and that's just life for me and that is what people are like.

It's funny though because when I first started going to races after we met I was extremely nervous. It's like being backstage and hoping you don't trip over something or break an amp or accidentally speak into a live microphone so I was really hesitant.

My parents are both very funny but they're also relatively soft-spoken normal human beings while I'm just a lunatic. I don't know where this loud ballsy hammy ridiculousness came from. I'm just glad I followed my goals and my parents did too. It's not like we even had a plan when I dragged my mom to Los Angeles.

I've actually tried to roast somebody that I don't like and it doesn't go well. Either they're a bad sport or I'm not as funny as I could be.

Billy Tauzin is one of the most interesting people in Washington. He is smart funny and interesting.

Do you want me to apologize after every joke? If it doesn't offend somebody it's probably not a joke. It's probably an observation that's not funny. It's gotta offend somebody somewhere.

I don't write literary fiction - I write books that are entertaining but are also I hope well-constructed and thoughtful and funny and have things to say about men and women and families and children and life in America today.

Wikipedia is just an incredible thing. It is fact-encirclingly huge and it is idiosyncratic careful messy funny shocking and full of simmering controversies - and it is free and it is fast.

My parents grandparents aunts and uncles were all funny and I felt that energy that delivery that timing that sarcasm. All that stuff seeped into my brain.

I got the wake-up call that no one is policing our oceans. I wondered how can I do anything? What really can I do to make things better? There are some perks to being a celebrity. My job is to be funny once in a while but it's my responsibility to make good use of it.

I know people will think it's funny because I've done glamour modelling in the past but I felt embarrassed about my body and just wanted to cover it up.

It's funny because 'The Book of Mormon' is 'The Book of Mormon' now. When I was doing it at the very beginning and I was a part of it for four years and always believed in it I never really knew if it was going to be more than a convention for 'South Park' fans.

I mean I talk about being Jewish a lot. It's funny because I do think of myself as Jewish ethnically but I'm not religious at all. I have no religion.

It's funny because '1600 Penn' was the first time I really started to read the reviews because I am an executive producer and I wanted to see what people were enjoying and not enjoying as a means to an end right?

But I think you can make fun of anything as long as it's funny enough.

Well I'm not afraid to say something if I think it's funny even if it's harsh or racist.

It's so funny when you're actually directing because things start popping that you don't expect to pop and something that you think is going to pop maybe doesn't quite have the impetus that you thought it might.

And of course Marc Cherry heightens it and makes it hilarious. But there's so many universal themes in the show and he made it so funny. We knew he was onto something if he could keep it up and thankfully he did.

A film that I love is 'Raising Arizona' and that's funny but it's quite indie and weird and odd and quirky. I'd love to do something like that. Who knows?

I mean I'm married first of all to one of if not the most wonderful women in the world. She is everything - funny attractive hard-working she has integrity she loves me to bits.

This is funny because I just had a job over the summer for VH1 a project I did called Strange Frequency where I got to play a Goth rock band singer.

The music industry is really funny when you have a hit record everyone knows who are you everyone wants to do duets with you then if you have a miss people suffer from amnesia.

I liked getting the best villain award. I thought that was funny.

And remember it's also very funny because side by side with grief lies joy.

There have been times when I felt suicidal and I would stop my head from going in that direction of negativity because I thought there'd be something I'd miss that was funny in the future. If there's a chance I'm going to laugh tomorrow then want to live to experience that.

'Lucky' is for laughs and there's really nothing funny that I'm doing on 'Dexter.' I think more than anything both comment on the fact that anybody is capable of anything. Just because they are the shy guy in the corner doesn't mean that they are a harmless little bunny.

The prospects for a coherent hilarious and consistent American comedy seem to lessen every year as the poor waterlogged gassy corpse called 'Evan Almighty' proved when it floated ashore recently. So there's a temptation to think too highly of Robin Williams's uneven but occasionally funny 'License to Wed.'

I'm not a comedian. I'm an actor who just happens to be funny on occasion.

Sometimes we have to actually say I think you're really funny but none of your jokes are going to make it on the air. So just answer my questions. Seriously.

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.

I don't think my judgment is that good. I don't know what is funny.

I remember interviewing someone I actually felt bad for and therefore didn't want to take an ironic stance against him. It actually turned out to be a really funny piece.

During the Great Depression when people laughed their worries disappeared. Audiences loved these funny men. I decided to become one.

I appreciate humor so much but I'm actually not a funny girl.

I think one of the basic tasks in life - one of the nice things we can do for each other - is to take things that are horrible and scary and make them acceptable and less frightening and if possible funny. It feels great to succeed at that.

Because death and illness are the most horrible things in life of course that's where the most absurdly funny things are going to happen.

If you take a bunch of superstars and put them in a room where they don't have their assistants and entourage it's funny to see what happens.

Jim Carrey a comic genius has a harder time overcoming the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it.

I love New York. I was sad depressed and incredibly moved by our fellow countrymen and what they've done. I wanted to give people a chance to see something funny have a distraction.

I don't think the public is dying to see me necessarily be funny all the time.

If you can find the line between sympathetic and creepy you have reached a very funny area.

I don't think know if anything's going to translate anywhere. You're making a movie you hope it's going to be funny you can't think about how it's going to go over.

I think that 'Hangover II' is as funny as 'The Hangover I ' honest to God but I think that it's a little bit darker and the stakes are a little bit higher.

When I was a kid I had this funny blonde hair and everyone called me 'Chick' because I looked like Tweety Bird.

You know if I started worrying about what the critics think I'd never make another comedy. You couldn't pick a less funny group than critics - you couldn't find a more bitter group of people!

I would do it today because the thing that appealed to me was not necessarily the mechanics of the robot but it was his personality and how funny and charming he was.

Comedy is so subjective. You could be in a room with 400 people laughing at a joke and you could just not think it's funny. You're just sitting there like 'Am I in the twilight zone? Why is everyone laughing?' It's such a personal thing. People have such a personal visceral response to comedy.

Now that I'm more mature in a funny way I can even appreciate that I've bad to become more aware of my body. Since I've chosen acting as my career I have to keep my weight down anyway-I've been used to it for years so it's no problem. And there's nothing I can't do.

I think people like comedies and I think concept driven comedies seem to be working when it's a clear concept and you deliver funny stuff.

There's a darkness under 'The Hangover' because ultimately there's a missing person and it's not really that funny. There's a sort of darkness under it that I love and still people are laughing as hard if not harder than they did in 'Old School.'

It's a funny thing because you look at the careers of other filmmakers and you see them sort of slow down and you realize maybe this becomes harder to do as you get older. That's sort of a cautionary thing. I hope it doesn't happen to me.

If you look at the game and everything it's not quite like looking at an animated film because that's total character. This this is really movement but it's got funny little things if you look for the humor. They're actually getting to the character.

It's funny: I've been very successful and done a lot of films and I don't really have an agent - I don't really pursue jobs I let people come to me.

Kyle Baker's work is really funny but it's also got a very clear vision.

I'm an off-road racecar driver. And I think every woman in my life has told me that's not a sensible hobby. But when I was growing even more than I wanted to be funny I wanted to be a racecar driver. That's all I thought about. I worked for a race team when I was 15 and I traveled with them.

I like the hot-cold the sugar-salt being able to play over-the-top and dramatic things - in the same film. Just as in my life I can be very funny and at other times almost extinguished.

It's a bit like school camp shooting a film. Everyone's on heat. It's a strange energy. It's full of adrenalin. I funnel my excess energy in funny little ways. I do a lot of dancing in my trailer. I love music.

In my experience it's not just that serious books get a hearing on comedy shows. But serious books get a serious hearing as well as a funny one on comedy shows.

I have no agenda except to be funny. Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom.

It's funny but we were living on this small island off the coast of Charleston South Carolina when I was 9.

And regardless of the fact that in this country certainly in the arts we treat comedy as a second-class citizen I've never thought of it that way. I've always thought it to be important. The last time I looked the Greeks were holding up two masks. I've always thought of it not only as having equal value but as the craft of it being funny.

They're great girls. They're very funny they're very smart they're fun to be with. They're very lively as I think people can tell. And you know they're very confident girls.

When I turned about 12 or 13 I realised that being funny wasn't about remembering jokes. It was about creating them.

I'm a big fan of certain new acts. I love any genre of music and I think it's really great to see that there are new artists coming through. It's kinda funny to think that I'm like the old man on campus now. But I'm really happy for groups like One Direction. I think they're really good guys.

It's so different when you change your hair color you're treated so differently. It's a very funny experience. It's fun - I love changing up my hair.

I auditioned for a solo in church and got it. I was about seven and I sang a song called 'Jesus I Heard You Had a Big House' and I remember people standing up at the end and me thinking 'Oh I think I'm going to like this.' That's how it all began. Sounds funny to say you got your start in church but I did.

What's funny about that is when I was writing Twilight just for myself and not thinking of it as a book I was not thinking about publishing and yet at the same time I was casting it in my head. Because when I read books I see them very visually.

Laughter is involuntary. If it's funny you laugh.

When I was in high school I used to sit by myself in the cafeteria - not necessarily by choice - but I thought it was funny to talk to people that weren't there.

We all know how funny Morrissey is. Actually you know what? I say that sarcastically. His songs are some of the funniest songs I've ever heard in my life. I mean really. I mean not that the 'Girlfriend in a Coma' is like really funny.

I think if they put a laugh track on 'Intervention ' it would be funny.

Inappropriateness is funny to me. Rudeness is hilarious.

Funny how moms can tell you what to do no matter how old or big you are.

I believe in a funny way the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for.

I wasn't even 20 at the time but it taught me something about drugs. They can take a good man a warm funny loving family man and turn him into a loser and worse.

I'm always in situations where you can't be funny and yet I want to do it anyway.

There is nothing funny about a well-adjusted intelligent person making the right choices.

Sometimes laughing isn't the best judge of what's funny 'cause I think there's a lot of things that are really funny that don't make you laugh that don't make you physically audibly make a noise but is something that is much more powerful than that.

Most of my ideas just come out funny.

The Islam of the 18th 19th and first half of the 20th century was a poor thing. Nobody bothered about it. Islam was that funny sort of pure system of beliefs that depressed people in the Middle East held as their religion.

Funny I don't feel any more powerful today than yesterday.

The funny thing is the songs that people think are about me probably aren't. And the songs that are probably are the ones they wouldn't think... so that's where it kind of is funny.

Billy is a funny cheeky lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I can barely walk past a building without panicking that it's going to collapse on his head.

When you are not treated seriously you develop comically. Its sense of oneself is so fractured and fragile that it's like the picked-on kid who has to become funny.

When I was younger I wanted to be a big movie star who'd get to be funny on talk shows and then I wanted to retire and write science fiction.

I don't think I was funny until college. I lived with some Harvard MD/PhD students - they were so smart and what I contributed to the house was I was the funny one.

Sometimes you have to take the focus off of you and put it on someone else and it's funny what you can accomplish and how much strength you really have.

My job is mostly to entertain and be funny.

What I fell in love with as a child was 'My Fair Lady ' 'Funny Face ' 'American in Paris ' and 'Singin' in the Rain.' Just perfect movies to me and I was dancing. I started ballet when I was three. And I fell in love with those movies and fell in love with Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron.

I watched a lot of silent directors who were absolutely great like John Ford and Fritz Lang Tod Browning and also some very modern directors like The Coen Brothers. The directors take the freedom within their own movies to be melodramatic or funny when they chose to be. They do whatever they want and they don't care about the genre.

What's funny is my husband doesn't have any tattoos at all so he must be the very conservative one.

I can do comedy so people want me to do that but the other side of comedy is depression. Deep deep depression is the flip side of comedy. Casting agents don't realize it but in order to be funny you have to have that other side.

Movies don't look hard but figuring it out getting the shape of it getting everybody's character right and having it be funny make sense and be romantic it's creating a puzzle. Yes having been a writer for so long I have an awareness of when things are going awry but it doesn't mean I know how to fix them.

Stealing you'll go far in life. Actually there is something funny about getting away with it.

It's funny in a way the actor is a writer. It's not like the two things are so separate as to be like apples and oranges. The writer and the actor are one.

It is funny what a year can do.

And I think that being able to make people laugh and write a book that's funny makes the information go down a lot easier and it makes it a lot more fun to read easier to understand and often stronger. So there's all kinds of advantages to it.

Sometimes in the most tragic situation something just profoundly funny happens.

I think it's always funny when somebody thinks you're going to do something super sexy and then you don't.

It is possible in this world to be pretty and funny and successful all at the same time.

Jon Stewart hires people that he thinks are funny. That's it. That's the only requirement.

I got to play with Nintendo's Wii yes it's a funny name and not very revolutionary but it was fun whipping your arms around.

With Portlandia I don't think our intention is always to find something funny. Sometimes the humor comes from taking something really seriously. We're okay with making somebody feel uncomfortable or uneasy.

When I was in college I was in the theater department which for anyone who has been involved in any kind of theater program you know that it's really wacky and tight-knit a real family. Me and my good friends from college would do random shows and plays that were sometimes serious but most of the time really goofy and funny.

It's funny growing up there was never anybody around me with any kind of artistic bent.

There's a constant flow of child actors. It's kind of funny to watch the new crew come through. I think You poor little things. You're going to have to struggle for a long time.

They did that little thing on South Park and they mentioned my name and had a character of me judging a Halloween contest. It was really funny.That made me the coolest aunt on earth.

I'm not a believer in the pratfall. I don't think it's funny just to have someone fall down.

Billy Crystal knows how to make people laugh. He's got 30 years on stage... there's no telling him what's funny.

Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it Brando knew it.

So often I read scripts and am like 'This would never happen in real life. It's not trying to be funny. It's trying to be serious.'

And there's a visceral fun in watching Team America and making it like taking a puppet and throwing it against the wall. Because it's not CG there's something funny about it.

I love Mikhail Bulgakov. He is very original and takes the story to unexpected places. I didn't realise political writing could be so funny.

I feel funny about owning art. I don't really want to say: 'Wow come and see my Monet - it's in a dark room at the bottom of my cellar.'

I always approach comedy roles pretending they aren't funny.

I think it's so funny when people think they can't control a movie star. They can. We're just women you know.

I was not particularly bright I wasn't very athletic I was a little too tall odd funny looking I was just really weird as a kid.

It's funny that it all becomes about clothes. It's bizarre. You work your butt off and then you win an award and it's all about your dress. You can't get away from it.

I'm so unprofessional on set it's not even funny.

What was funny if you were there is that we were all immensely sophisticated people who knew exactly what she was going to say and we're chatting away nice to see you.

I remember listening to the radio as a kid and finding that the songs always made me feel more peaceful. Funny but the more hurtin' the music was the better it made me feel. I think of that now when I write my songs. I may not be feelin' the blues myself but I'm writing them for other people who have a hard life.

I love weird or funny or beautiful sentences Joy Williams could write a microwave-oven manual and I'm sure I'd love it because the sentences would be tuned up like music.

At school I was very shy. I wasn't funny really.

I understand a woman who validates herself by getting attention from the opposite sex. I have a friend who is that to a T... Doesn't mean she isn't a good person. That's a funny character to play.

I would love to play 'Funny Girl' or 'Evita ' but I idolize the women who have played those parts. I don't know if there needs to be another version of those shows.

Sometimes I am so dry that people don't know I'm kidding and think I'm being serious. I enjoy this because their reactions are often funny.

I've got to get on myself to be sharp funny and loose.

I feel cheesy when I see 'Silver Spoons.' Some of it was funny but some of it was just cheese! My kids love it but I look at it and cringe.

I don't think of myself as a comedian but as an artist a scientist and chemist who just happens to be funny. I started doing stand-up to add another level to my game. I feel that I'm a young rookie with a veteran's skill.

I think it's actually a misperception that I am a comedic actress. I do more drama than comedy but very little of it has been seen. When you are in big funny movies and they do well and your little part in it kind of explodes people perceive you as a comedian.

Gotta stay in the gym stay funny stay sharp. I just love working.

Comedy clubs can be brutal. Those people are for real and if you aren't funny they aren't laughing. They don't care who you are.

I'm good at coming up with wacky characters and funny dialogue.

If you could cross a lion and a monkey that's what I'd be because monkeys are funny and lions are strong.

If I'm in something funny I like to try and find some kind of serious line in it that people can relate to.

I have an older sister named Haley and she wanted to be an actress. So I wanted to be an actress. It's really funny the way that some people don't give kids enough credit for like really being driven and really wanting to do things so badly.

I actually feel like for a lot of my career I wasn't able to show my comedic range. I did a lot of dramas and dramedies. I was on 'E.R.' That's not generally thought of as a funny show.

I was going through a little bit of turbulence in my career. And so it's funny how turbulence itself will make you hold onto something for security. And so the only thing I knew is trust in the Lord and lean not unto your own heart in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path.

It's funny but when I arrived in California to start college I was much more interested in becoming a surfer and cruise along in life from one beach to the next. I didn't plan out any huge career for myself.

Everything seems fine until you're about 40. Then something is definitely beginning to go wrong. And you look in the mirror with your old habit of thinking 'While I accept that everyone grows old and dies it's a funny thing but I'm an exception to that rule.'

To this day I've found that it doesn't matter what a guy looks like if he's really funny. His sense of humor makes him attractive. On the other hand you don't hear men saying 'No she's not pretty but is she ever funny!'

It's funny that all these goths paint their faces with such white make-up and that is the actual colour of my skin I am that pale!

I really love 'Soapdish.' I wish 'Soapdish' had more of a moment because I felt that that is a really strong funny movie. Kevin Kline is hilarious in that movie.

I'm not a movie guy I'm not a TV sitcom guy but whatever seems to fit and is funny is good for me.

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