[[folder:Anime and Manga]]

->'''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.
-->-- ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''


[[folder: Comic Books]]
->'''Rocket''': Listen... I got good ears, okay. I hear stuff. Little pauses. Tremors, inflections, stuff like that. And... well, I guess... Aw, flark. Are you okay, buddy?\\
'''Deadpool''': [''narrating''] And I really want to make a joke. Make a funny. Be the funny joke, so nobody knows, so nobody can see... But that's the rule, isn't it? No funny in the gutter.

->I lose a lot, guys. No matter what I do, I always seem to lose. But I refuse to be beaten. So I make jokes. I get up right in life's face and mock it into oblivion. Because when I do that, I show life that it won't beat me. Ever. [...] Also, my jokes are amazing and it would be a crime against the universe not to utter them. Franchise/{{Wolverine}} [[BlatantLies thought I was hilarious.]] He's dead now, so you can't ask him, but he said it all the time.
-->-- '''ComicBook/SpiderMan''', ''Inhuman Special''

->I heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed, life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, ''"Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up."'' Man bursts into tears. ''"But doctor,"'' he says, ''"I am Pagliacci."''\\
Good joke. Everybody laughs. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.
-->-- '''Rorschach''', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''


[[folder: Fan Works]]

->'''Cloud:''' Come on, let's head into the arena and ask if anyone's seen [[EverybodysDeadDave aaaanythinnnnng]]...\\
'''Cait Sith:''' Well geez, don't all speak up at once! Hahahaha! I am sorry, sometimes you just gotta laugh at death.\\
'''[[TheEeyore Mog]]:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: And cry at life. ]]

-->-- ''WebVideo/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged''

->Yes, it's all true. You can see behind Mitsuzane's smile are stained with a clown's tears.
-->-- '''[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Takatora Kureshima]]''', ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/119/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]''

->'''Kirito:''' You, uh, you okay, buddy?\\
'''Corvatz:''' Do not fear, my friends... [[FamousLastWords Corvatz... can never... d-]] (''shatters to one last guitar strum'')\\
'''Kirito:''' H-huh, wow, I guess you could say... he went out on a high note?\\
'''Klein:''' Really, man?! A pun?!\\
'''Kirito:''' What, what's- what's wrong, I'm, I'm a funny guy, it's what I do...\\
'''ALF RedShirt:''' ''Someone help me! Please!''\\
'''Kirito:''' I-I mean, what do you expect from me? [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It's not like I]] '' [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial care]]'' [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial about any of this.]]\\
'''ALF Red Shirt:''' ''Please, I don't wanna die!''\\
'''Kirito:''' I mean why would I care, I shouldn't care, [[BlatantLies I DON'T CARE!]]\\
'''ALF Red Shirt:''' ''Noooooooo!''\\
'''Kirito:''' [[BigDamnHeroes RRRRGGGHHH!!]]
-->-- ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged''


[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]

->'''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.
-->-- ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto''

->'''Deadpool:''' Ripley! From ''Film/Alien3!''\\
'''Negasonic Teenage Warhead:''' Fuck, you're old.\\
'''Deadpool:''' Ha ha! Fake laugh... hiding real pain.
-->-- ''{{Film/Deadpool|2016}}''



->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]]''

->If you can't keep the bad thoughts out, at least you can make fun of them while they're there.
-->-- '''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]''', ''Literature/TurnCoat''

->For your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon -- laughter. Power, Money, Persuasion, Supplication, Persecution -- these can lift at a colossal humbug, -- push it a little -- crowd it a little -- weaken it a little, century by century: but only Laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.
-->-- '''Mark Twain''', "The Chronicle of Young Satan," ''Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts''

->In a cruel land, you either learned to laugh at cruelty or spent your life weeping.
-->-- ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime A Crown of Swords]]''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->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 [[FunPersonified the green guy]] does.
-->--'''Lorne''', ''{{Series/Angel}}'', "Underneath"

->You're quite the funny man -- and yet, I think, laughing on purpose at the darkness.
-->-- '''Mrs Finnegan''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones "Smith and Jones"]]

->'''Chandler:''' Oh thatís great, with my luck, thatís gonna be him.\\
'''Phoebe:''' Him? Him, Ross?\\
'''Chandler:''' Nope, hymn 253, His Eyes Are On The Sparrow! ''(off their looks)'' When my parents got divorced is when I started using humour as a defence mechanism.
-->-- ''Series/{{Friends}}''

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

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



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

->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
-->-- '''Music/{{Eminem}}''', "Beautiful"

->Tomorrow comes tomorrow goes, but the cloud remains the same.\\
Wonder why heís feeling down? Tears of a clown.\\
Maybe itís all just for the best, lay his weary head to rest.\\
He was forever feeling drowned, Tears of a clown.
-->-- '''Music/IronMaiden''', "Tears of a Clown"

->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"]]

->Inside, my heart is breaking\\
My makeup may be flaking\\
But my smile still stays on...
-->-- '''{{Music/Queen}}''', "The Show Must Go On"

->There's some sad things known to man\\
But ain't too much sadder than\\
The tears of a clown\\
When there's no one around.
-->-- '''Smokey Robinson and the Miracles''', "Tears of a Clown"



->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 ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}''

->There's always a funny man in the game,\\
But he's only funny by mistake.\\
But ev'ryone laughs at him just the same.\\
They don't see his painted heart break.
-->-- '''Cocky''', ''The Roar of the Greasepaint--The Smell of the Crowd'', "The Joker"

->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 ó\\
They're exceedingly kind ó\\
They don't blame you ó as long as you're funny!
-->-- '''Jack Point''', ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard''


[[folder:Video Games]]

->'''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''

->I mean, when you look at me, you wouldn't think that I'm anything but a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky joker. But that isn't the real me. Behind all the quips and laughs, I'm a mess of hang-ups.
-->-- '''Prompto Argentum''', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->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"]]

->It's terrifying to think that Williams could accomplish so much and yet find himself driven to suicide. He reached the pinnacle of both the comic profession and the acting profession. He was wealthy. He invented the blueprint for comic acting longevity ([[TomHanksSyndrome comic movies, then a gradual transition to serious fare]]) that many actors have followed since. He fulfilled every show business dream that you or I had as a child, and yet it wasn't enough. I am trained as an American to believe that career success and financial success are twin salves that can cure all wounds, but Williams's death is a harrowing reminder that [[AllThatGlitters it's all a lie]]. The idea that you can fall into a despair that trumps all that is scary as hell.\\\
And frankly, I'd prefer not to think about it. I think I'd prefer to shut that all out and have a laugh instead...It's a fantastic distraction from pain and loss, and Robin Williams probably knew that better than anyone.
-->-- '''[[http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/2014/08/robin-williams-a-night-at-the-met-changed-my-life.html Drew Magary]]'''


[[folder:Real Life]]

->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?''

->As a great admirer of the late Creator/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''

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

->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 [[DudeWheresMyRespect had to use a maintenance door to get into his hotel room]] at night.
-->--'''Alan King''' on Music/SammyDavisJr, ''Name Dropping''

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

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

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

->The secret source of all humor is sorrow.
-->-- '''Creator/MarkTwain'''