->''"Although I laugh and I act like a clown\\
Beneath this mask, I am wearing a frown"''
-->-- '''Music/TheBeatles''', "I'm a Loser"

->''The children love the show, but they fail to see the anguish in my eyes''
-->--'''Music/MarilynManson''', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DNf-udrmN8 "Dope Hat"]]''

->''"Five days a workweek\\
It's in my face\\
[[PieInTheFace Pie in my face]]\\
It sucks to be a clown"''
-->-- '''Music/JonathanCoulton''', "Bozo's Lament"

->''"'Ha! Marshall you're so funny man\\
You should be a comedian, God damn!'\\
Unfortunately I am\\
I just hide behind the tears of a clown"''
-->-- '''''{{Eminem}}''''', ''Beautiful''

->''"Though your wife ran away with a soldier that day,\\
And took with her your trifle of money;\\
Bless your heart, they don't mind \\
They're exceedingly kind \\
They don't blame you as long as you're funny!"''
-->-- '''Jack Point''', ''TheYeomenOfTheGuard''

->''"And if [[CommediaDellArte Harlequin shall steal your Columbine]],\\
Laugh, Pagliaccio, so the crowd will cheer!\\
Turn your distress and tears into jest,\\
Your pain and sobbing into a funny face - Ah!\\
Laugh, Pagliaccio,\\
At your broken love!\\
Laugh at the grief that poisons your heart!"''
-->-- English translation of '''Canio''''s ''Vesti la giubba'', from Ruggero Leoncavello's ''{{Pagliacci}}''

->''"In a cruel land, you either learned to laugh at cruelty or spent your life weeping."''
-->-- '''Robert Jordan''', ''A Crown of Swords''

->''"Yeah. I find I have to be the sad clown: laughing on the outside, crying on the inside."''
-->-- '''[[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]]'''

-> '''Edward Blake / The Comedian''': Once you figure out what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.
-> '''Doctor Manhattan:''' [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar The charred villages, the boys with necklaces made of human ears]]...these are part of the joke?
-> '''Blake:''' Hey, I never said it was a ''good'' joke. I'm just playing along with the gag.
-->-- ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''

->'''Mr. Silky String:''' And just who is this "Phantom Lady"?
->'''Patrick "Kitten" Braden''': Well, it's my mother really. I call her that... to pretend it's a story. That's happening to someone else, you see.
->'''String''': Why do you pretend that?
->'''Kitten:''': Because otherwise I might cry and never stop.

->''"'What do I think?' I think I'm tired. I think I'm sick and tired of wearing bells on my toes and making like everything's gonna be O.K. I think it's ''pathetic'' that lately I'm too scared and sad to tell people the truth so I just [[LiesToChildren say what they wanna hear]] instead. Most of all, I think the term '[[DrowningMySorrows Happy Hour]]' should be banned from the English language. There's nothing happy about this hour or any other. What I know is I started drinking the moment that I found out that a girl I loved was gonna die. Every time I get to the bottom of the glass, I hope that that last drop is gonna take me the distance. A simple plan that failed utterly, which is why I'm gonna heave my tuchus off this stool, strap the bells on, and with a smile and a quip, go back into the belly of a very ugly beast and pretend like I can help. 'Cause that's what the green guy does."''
-->--'''Lorne''', ''{{Series/Angel}}'' ("Underneath")

-> '''Warden:''' This is the part where you deflect questions with humour?
-> '''Alistair:''' I'd use my shield, but I think you'd actually see me hiding behind it.
-->-- ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''

-> '''Hawke:''' I have a smile on my face. That should be enough for most people.
-> '''Aveline:''' That doesn't work on me.
-->-- ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''

-> '''Bethany:''' I can't believe [you and Hawke] are joking about this.
-> '''Varric:''' Don't worry, Sunshine. The laughter just...hides the pain.
-->-- ''Dragon Age II'', "Legacy"

->'''[[ComicBook/IronMan Tony]]:''' Have you noticed the closer we get to uncomfortable truths, the more jokes per minute you make?
->'''Peter:''' That's not true.
->'''Tony:''' No?
-> ''(BeatPanel)''
->'''Peter:''' So this talking horse walks into a bar -
->'''Tony:''' I rest my case.
-->-- ''Franchise/SpiderMan''

->'''George''': ''"Look, it's Dos Equis the Clown. See him with big red nose and big funny ears..."''
->'''Ernie''': ''"But these are my real ears!"''
->'''George''': ''"Aw, now it's Dos Equis the '''sad''' clown."''
-->-- ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''

->''"I've taken a good, long look at the world, and I've concluded that if I didn't laugh I'd probably break down crying."''
-->-- '''Silk''', ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]]''

->''You're quite the funny man -- and yet, I think, laughing on purpose at the darkness.''
-->-- '''Mrs Finnegan''', ''Series/DoctorWho''

->'''Aaron Pittman:''' "And the punchline was the Blackout. When the world went back to being one giant schoolyard, and the [[TheBully Billy Underwood]]s are in charge and I am weak and afraid."
-->--''Series/{{Revolution}}'', "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]"

->'''Wolfwood:''' Well, I'll be. I'm actually surprised that you can smile like that.
->'''Vash:''' Huh? What do you mean?
->'''Wolfwood:''' Ya had me kind of worried. I noticed that you always smile and seem really friendly. But the way you smiled was so empty, it hurt to watch you. You're hurting like crazy on the inside, yet you grin and bear it.

[[folder:real life]]

->''"With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die."''

->''"The secret source of all humor is sorrow."''

->''"Wanting to please people, to only tell them what they wanted to hear, became very deeply a part of me, as it probably did with most children who felt uncertain of the tactic needed to avoid a blow....That's how it is with incomplete personalities."''
-->--'''Creator/TomBaker''', ''Who On Earth is Tom Baker?''

->''"I adored Sammy, but he was wary of that kind of affection; He came with a lot of baggage. Onstage, he was a star. Offstage, he had to use a maintenance door to get into his hotel room at night."''
-->--'''Alan King''' on Music/SammyDavisJr, ''Name Dropping''

->''"As a great admirer of the late BennyHill, I was looking forward to working with him and getting to know him. The first part was a pleasure but the second part was impossible. Benny was very pleasant to all of us - unfailingly courteous, kind and professional, but it was not possible to make any real contact with him. He was a truly solitary soul and never mixed with the cast socially, even when we were all staying together at the same hotel. Like a lot of comedians I have known, Benny seemed a sad person."''
-->--'''Creator/MichaelCaine''' on the making of ''Film/TheItalianJob''

->''"Comedy is the blues for people who can't sing."''
-->-- '''Creator/ChrisRock'''

->''"Being funny is not the same as being happy."''
-->-- '''Dana Gould'''

->''"...look at the blood on the mans hands. 900 years, countless very selfish choices, and hes literally blown planets up. His own race, you know, thats all on his hands. Which is why I think he has to make silly jokes and wear a fez. Because if he didn’t, hed hang himself." ''
-->--'''Creator/MattSmith''', on [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]]

->''"By now you know that Creator/RobinWilliams has committed suicide, but I'm not here to talk about him. He's gone, and you're still here, and suicidal thoughts are so common among our readers and writers that our message board has a hidden section where moderators can coordinate responses to suicide threats...Now do you want me to tell you how many messages/comments/emails we get from fans telling a writer to 'kill yourself' because said writer [[{{Troll}} wrote a joke they didn't like?]] When I ban them, they always act confused as to why."''
-->--'''''{{Website/Cracked}}''''', [[http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/robin-williams-why-funny-people-kill-themselves/ "Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves"]]