quote by Elvis Presley

I did the Ed Sullivan show four times. I did the Steve Allen show. I did the Jackie Gleason show.

— Elvis Presley

Gorgeous Gleason quotations

I was in love with a lot of people, because I was a student of the game of comedy - Carol Burnett, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason, Don Rickles, Red Foxx, Moms Mabley - who gets no credit, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, George Kirby. I loved them all, and I used to just take a page out of all of them.


Jackie Gleason said that comedy is the most exacting form of dramatic art, because it has an instant critic: laughter.

One take, so you better be ready and you better be good.

One take and that was it. It was something that was spontaneous. Both Sid Caesar and Jackie Gleason was like that as well.

Look at Gleason in The Honeymooners. He was humorous but the way he lived wasn't really humorous. He was a bus driver. Who wants to be a bus driver? He didn't have any money and he was not famous. But despite that, the show is humorous.

How could you get angry with Jackie Gleason?


It was a bit of a lark when I agreed to do [Smokey and the Bandit], and I knew we'd have fun if we could get Jackie Gleason.

I wound up signing to RCA Victor as a trumpeter, guesting on shows like Jackie Gleason's Honeymooners.

Gleason used to rack balls for me when he was a kid in Brooklyn and in Long Island.

I grew up with television. I love television and to be working in it is awesome. I think where I do well at television is because I grew up watching the great sitcom actors Jackie Gleason, I love Rob Reiner, also John Ritter.

Paul Gleason he was a great guy. I loved working with him.


Paul Gleason played the teacher. I just tortured him as best I could. 'Cause he wasn't one of the kids, you know, so it was okay. He was great.

You know who was wonderful to work with? Was Paul Gleason, may he rest in peace.

Young stand-ups, we ought to do comedy in George Carlin's spirit, in Richard Pryor's spirit, in Jackie Gleason's spirit, in Lucille Ball's spirit, because they did it with the spirit.

Ralph Kramden, as played by Jackie Gleason, was this big bumbling New York City bus driver who was kind of mean and crass and a little bit egotistical. But underneath it all, he was a big heart looking for a place to land I think.

Gleason became like a mentor of mine. I had Gleason helping me on television, Godfrey on radio.


Things that make me laugh range from a wonderful stand-up like Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock to my son Gabe, who does great improv work. I also look backwards to the great comedic actors like Jackie Gleason, Paul Lynde and Phil Silvers.

It's a mixed crowd at the dogs - black, white, hispanic - but to Walt they all look like Jackie Gleason. Heavyset guys with big plans and polyester souls.

Styles be fat like Jackie Gleason, the rest be Art Carney.