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Humour (also spelled humor) is the ability or quality of people, objects, or situations to evoke feelings of amusement in other people. The term encompasses a form of entertainment or human communication which evokes such feelings, or which makes people laugh or feel happy.


  • Stand-up comedy is not a choice you make; it chooses you. I always felt that it had chosen me. It was forced on me, like a vocational thing.
  • Life is not a laughing matter ... but can you imagine having to live without laughing?


  • Why is a American household a Monarchy?
    • Anonymous
  • I do not find humour funny, I can not laugh at it.
  • Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.
  • From the sublime to the ludicrous may take one step, but to be a great humorist takes a lifetime.
    • Leonid S. Sukhorukov
  • Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.
  • Humour is, by its nature, more truthful than factual.
  • Humor is, however, nearer right than any emotion we have. Humor is the atmosphere in which grace most flourishes.
  • It is the duty of the humor of any given nation in times of high crisis to attack the catastrophe that faces it in such a manner as to cause the people to laugh at it in such a manner that they do not die before they get killed.
  • Jokes are not really funny at all, but reflect the most serious of concerns; the pursuit of sobriety through the suppression of the absurd.
    • Marvin Minsky in Jokes and the Language of the Cognitive Unconscious
  • To explain the nature of laughter…is to account for the condition of human life.
  • Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
  • We are not amused.

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