British scientists have demonstrated that cigarettes can harm your children. Fair enough. Use an ashtray!

— Jimmy Carr

Skyrocket British Comedy quotations

I feel that a lot of British comedy is often too bombastic, too obvious, dressing up and shouting and pulling funny faces.

British 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.

My jokes are in my head and I have a duplicate copy of my jokes in a lot of British comics' heads, where they are safe.

British 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.

You ever mix two different groups of friends? That can be stressful.

You always feel like you have to prep 'em. You're like, "These people over here, uh, they don't think I drink. And don't be thrown by my British accent."

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.'

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' is a British comedy-drama directed by John Madden. The film is based on the 2004 novel, 'These Foolish Things', by Deborah Moggach.

Class has always been a staple of British comedy.

We've always been able to laugh at it. When British shows are translated to America, the absence of the equivalent class structure there often causes them to fail. But over here we've always got comic mileage out of it.

Comedy has always been something I love, but for some reason - probably because of the British accent - I've always been pushed toward more period work.

I'm just an enormous British comedy fan.

It always interested me that 'Goodness Gracious Me' and 'The Kumars,' when shown around the world, were referred to as British comedy. It was only here that they were referred to as Asian comedy, even though I always felt it was very British in its humour and structure.

I grew up watching British comedy on TV, really.

The British often shy away from any cinematic interpretation of real sex.

They sometimes have what I call "subtle sex," which is really introspective and has soft music in the background. Either that or it's played for comedy. The British are kind of hung up about sex. They find it kind of titillating and they make jokes about it because they're nervous.

British comedy - which has been a big inspiration to me for many years - is very different to Australian comedy and different again to American comedy.

American television constantly tries to co-op British comedy and create their own version of it. Most of the time it doesn't work; obviously, in the case of 'The Office,' it did. But a lot of times, it doesn't really work.

I think there's a certain objectivity that comes from being Canadian.

You're partly British and partly American; you have a good bird's-eye view of both countries. So much of the comedy that comes out of Canada is impersonation - it's less 'look at me' than it is 'look at me playing other people.

I love 'Monty Python,' 'Black Adder,' 'Fawlty Towers'. I'm a huge fan of British comedy.

If you spend any time in Washington you'll find nerds.

What happens is most of them sublimate their fixations with comics, or baseball cards, or 1960s British comedies to policy minutiae and political arcana. But, like Christians in ancient Rome, you can still spot them if you know the signals.

British people would die for their right to drink themselves to death.