I hate shallow humor. I hate shallow religious humor, I hate shallow sports humor, I hate shallowness of any kind.
– Charles M. Schulz
My uncle worked in emergency wards dealing with people who came in with terrible injuries. He talked about the sketch shows they would put on to lighten the atmosphere. You often find this sense of grim humor in hospitals. The injuries people are suffering are ghastly. You have to laugh at something or you’d otherwise cry.
– Honeysuckle Weeks
Feature-length film comedy is harder to pull off than the episodic sitcom – it doesn’t have the same factory machinery up and running, teams of writers putting familiar characters through permutations – but that doesn’t explain the widening quality gap that makes movie humor look like a genetic defective.
– James Wolcott