quote by Terry Southern

When Kubrick decided to go the black comedy route with his movie, he thought of me to give it that flavor.

— Terry Southern

Proven Black Comedy quotations

Black comedy quote Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sad
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.
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Yeah, even a black comedy. Where it's a little eerie. I'd love to do that. But there are about three really fabulous ones on the air now and I don't know if I can do any better than that. I'd like to sort of forge new ground.

The day of the wedding went like these things generally do, full of anxious moments interspersed with black comedy.

Black comedy quote Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then you will see your own light
Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then you will see your own light as radiant as the full moon.

I guess, in a way, I grew up mixed race: half white, half black.

That question's always been on my mind: 'What are you? Are you this or that? Are you a white dude or are you a black dude?' In a strange way, music and comedy is kind of the same thing. I'm both.They're just different modes of expression.

The devil is not as black as he is painted.


There are advances in technology and enabling voices, but there are issues with the stories themselves. I think people of color are still not seen as human beings. They're still associated with types, with comedy, but we're in a crisis right now, with things like Black Lives Matter. We need films that address these issues.

Black comedy quote Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

People always say 'You do racial comedy.

' And I don't, exactly. I do cultural comedy. Because race and culture are two different things. There's black people from America and then there's black people from Africa. Racially, they're the same; culturally, they're extremely different.

In college I was one of six males who auditioned for five male roles in a comedy play. I was the one rejected. At that moment I made up my mind never to place myself at the mercy of some pompous, goateed, black-turtleneck-shirted "should I yay him or nay him?" pantywaist ever again.

Paddy was in the delivery room when the midwife handed him a black baby.

"Is this yours?" she asked "probably" said Paddy "she burns everything else"

Black comedy quote We're just trying to find some color in this black and white world
We're just trying to find some color in this black and white world
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School shootings were invented by blacks... and stolen by the white man.


In black neighborhoods, everybody appreciated comedy about real life.

In the white community, fantasy was funnier. I started looking for the jokes that were equally hilarious across the board, for totally different reasons.

I go "I just want a cup of black coffee.

" She goes "Do you want to try a biscotti? They're from Italy and they're considered a delicacy." Have you ever eaten one of these things? It tastes like a burned cookie. Where I'm from, that's considered a mistake.

Black comedy quote I dont care if you're black, white, short, tall, skinny, rich   or poor. If you
I dont care if you're black, white, short, tall, skinny, rich or poor. If you respect me I'll respect you
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Black Comedy is a farce that is played in the dark, as you know, with the lights full on. It's the Chinese convention of reversing light and dark, and exactly where anybody is at any given moment is the play.

Eddie [Murphy] is an icon. He's one of the reason why I started doing comedy in the beginning. He opened a lot of doors for black people.

I work in comedy, journalism, media, and technology, many of which don't have a lot of black faces in visible positions. I walk through Brooklyn with a surfboard. It's fun to challenge and expand people's expectations.

Black comedy quote Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.
Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.

I get that racism exists, but it's not a catalyst for my content.

I don't need to talk about race to have material. My style of comedy is more self-deprecating. I think that makes me more relatable. When you deal with 'topics' - race, white versus black - you're not separating from the pack. You're doing what everybody else is doing.

In America now every romantic comedy is interpreted politically.

I can remember when I was promoting Black Hawk Down we were all being asked what it said about September 11th. Well, it was shot before that happened, so, nothing.

I never watched the Oscars. Come on, it's a fashion show . . . What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one. And they don't recognize comedy, and you don't see a lot of black people nominated, so why should I watch it?

Black comedy quote If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewher
If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
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I was born a poor black child.

I think the best comedy is tragicomic.

Yeah, I suppose if you were to look at everything I've done, there is a bit of a black streak through all of it. It's not deliberate: it's what makes me laugh, and there's a fine tradition of it, especially in Ireland.


Stanley Kubrick went with his gut feeling: he directed 'Dr.

Strangelove' as a black comedy. The film is routinely described as a masterpiece.

Black comedy quote Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.

I love America and I hate it. I'm torn between the two. I have two conflicting visions of America. One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

Being black, Latino, or Asian is not a genre.

Romantic comedies, thrillers, action - those are genres. I think there's a lot of people who want to have the conversation. I don't think people are afraid of it, I just think it's the time to have that conversation. Race is not a genre.

Mick Jagger's lips' so big, black people be going, "You got some big-ass lips!"

The definition of black irony is Pro-lifers killing Doctors who do abortions


In comedy writing, a sitcom plot is basically the same thing: What's the worst thing that could happen? But you're playing it for comic effect. It's a similar muscle being used with Black Mirror.

I'm a black male, over 40, with no kids, living in the suburbs - they wanted to put me in a museum. Why did I move to the suburbs? I started watching Desperate Housewives. If comedy didn't work out I can always try gardening.

My oldest brother used to take me to the theater.

The first play he took me to see was 'Black Comedy,' then he took me to see 'Butley.' We'd see all these British plays. And 'Hello, Dolly,' with Pearl Bailey. I was unconsciously thinking, 'Gee, I would love to be able to do that.'

My school was 90 percent white, but 90 percent of the kids I played with were black. So I got the best of both worlds. I think that is where my comedy developed.

Michael Jackson wanted to be in Men in Black II.

He told me he had seen the first Men in Black in Paris and had stayed behind and sat there and wept. I had to explain to him that it was a comedy.


The whole time I was writing, I had to fight my normal inclination to be funny, to sort of patch humor in, in order to convey all of the disruptions of the disease to the family dynamic, the loss of individuality, the impact on professional life, and the sanity of the main character. Of course, that's not to say it never sneaks in; there's some black comedy in there, like when he shows up to court wearing a bicycle helmet and won't take it off.

Recognizing absolutely depends on the public that I'm out with.

If I'm in Atlanta, it's definitely Why Did I Get Married. If I'm in Seattle, it's Spawn or something like that. I'm known for a lot of different things. People will call me Bone a lot, the action aficionados.. People who like comedy, they call me Black Dynamite.

I kind of pride myself on coming onto things that are well-oiled machines and finding a way to bring what I bring and fit in, and raise it to another level if I can. And this [Code Black ] has been another one of those really fun success stories, much like Parks And Recreation, although obviously on the other side of the comedy/drama equation.

Breakup blackout is when you're so upset and you've been crying so much that you basically black out for a couple of days. You wake up to mascara caked on your face and empty ice cream cartons everywhere, and your iTunes has, like, four new really bad romantic comedies you've rented. And your friends are texting you, and for three days you're in this black hole.

"Black culture" is ready for whatever.

I sense some momentum and excitement around black artists (especially in comedy, which is where most of my own art resides), really pushing the bounds of what has generally been expected as black. I don't think it's a revolution so much as an exposure of what has always been there, and now that the production and distribution means are more accessible, people can more easily find each other.

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