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Comedy

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. Peter Ustinov

Sir Peter Alexander UstinovCBEFRSA (born Peter Alexander von Ustinov  16 April 1921 – 28 March 2004) was an English actor, writer, dramatistfilmmakertheatre and opera directorstage designerscreenwritercomedianhumoristnewspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster, and television presenter. He was a fixture on television talk shows and lecture circuits for much of his career. A respected intellectual and diplomat, he held various academic posts and served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and President of the World Federalist Movement.

In one of my favorite Disney movies, Blackbeard’s Ghost. 1968
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Valentine

I got a Valentine’s Day card from my girl. It said, ‘Take my heart! Take my arms! Take my lips!’ Which is just like her. Keeping the best part for herself.  Robert Orben

Robert Orben (born March 4, 1927) is best known as an American professional comedy writer, though he also worked as a speechwriter for Gerald R. Ford and as a magician. He has written multiple books on comedy, mostly collections of gags and “one-liners” originally written for his newsletter, Orben’s Current Comedy, and he has also written books for magicians.

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Comedy

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Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die. Mel Brooks

Melvin James BrooksKaminsky, born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, composer, and songwriter.  He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit, The 2000 Year Old Man. He also created, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series, Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970

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Comedy

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My first few films were institutional comedies, and you’re on pretty safe ground when you’re dealing with an institution that vast numbers of people have experienced: college, summer camp, the military, the country club.    Harold Ramis

Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, writer, and comedian. His best-known film acting roles were as Egon Spengler inGhostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote those films. As a writer-director, his films included the comedy filmsCaddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV, on which he also performed, and he was one of three screenwriters of the film National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978).

Actor/director Harold Ramis arrives for the premiere of "Year One" in New York in this June 15, 2009 file photo. Ramis died on February 24, 2014 at age 69 in Chicago, according to media reports. REUTERS/Stephen Chernin/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE OBITUARY)
Actor/director Harold Ramis arrives for the premiere of “Year One” in New York in this June 15, 2009 file photo. Ramis died on February 24, 2014 at age 69 in Chicago.
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Politics

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I have some very personal feelings about politics, but I don’t get into it because I do comedy already.   Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director and is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. His career began in 1946, with an act together with Dean Martin, forming the team of Martin and Lewis, which performed in live nightclubs, television programs, radio shows and theatrical movies before 1956, when the two men parted ways, after ten years as a duo.

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Interests

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A man who limits his interests, limits his life.   Vincent Price

Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films. His career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared on stage, television, radio, and in over one hundred films. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures, and one for television.

Price was also an art collector and consultant, with a degree in art history, and lectured and wrote books on the subject. He was the founder of the Vincent Price Art Museum in California.

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For the rest of October, until Halloween, I will be posting Quotes by people that have added to the Halloween spirit, but not necessarily about scary, macabre, or like minded subjects.