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 find being funny very hard work. I am always asked about it, and I feel guilty saying that, but it's the truth. I love my work, but it ain't easy.
Laughter is a strange response. I mean, what is it? It's a spasm of some kind! Is that always joy? It's very often discomfort. It's some sort of explosive reaction. It's very complex.
Fun is carefree. I am not carefree.
In Hollywood I thought I was large and klutzy, like the characters I played.
My mother was a Bohemian - in the good sense of the word. A searcher. And she investigated various religions.
Comedy is created when someone is trying very earnestly to do what he feels is the right thing to do at that moment.