Abe Burrows Quotes

Abe Burrows (December 18, 1910 – May 17, 1985) was an American humorist, author, and director for radio and the stage. He won a Tony Award

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Someone once defined humor as a way to keep from killing yourself. I keep my sense of humor and I stay alive.

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You throw a perfectly straight line at the audience and then, right at the end, you curve it. Good jokes do that.

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The fact is that comedy is actually too serious to be taken seriously. It may be that comedy touches such deep emotions that people feel better if they can just dismiss it as trivial. Just take a big belly laugh. I have watched people laughing, and for a moment they look-and are-absolutely helpless. Vulnerability. You can be assaulted while you are laughing.

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Glamour: the indefinable something about a girl with a big bosom.

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You can teach taste, editorial sense, but the ability to say something funny is something I've never been able to teach anyone.

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