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Quotes: Rule of Funny
"We're gonna keep doing this sketch. Y'know why? Because it's funny. And in my business, you never cut funny."

Eddie: You mean to tell me you could've taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?!
Roger: No, not at any time; only when it was funny!

"We try not to think too much about the floating baby head . . . It makes us laugh, 'nuff said."

"Comedies often by their very nature expect people to accept otherwise less-than-stellar storytelling. Everything is there ultimately to make a joke work, for instance, in Happy Gilmore, he's driving around with a bunch of oversized checks in his car. It doesn't make any sense, sure. It doesn't have to, though, it's a comedy gag in a comedy film. If it doesn't work, well, maybe they'll go for the next gag."
SF Debris, reviewing Howard the Duck

Major Monogram: That doesn't even make any sense.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: It doesn't have to, I've got a monster truck!
Phineas and Ferb, "Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown"

Dan Aykroyd: "Are there any local residents whom you've seen acting strangely?"
Stewie: "Well, there's a pedophile up the street that nobody seems to be doing anything about, but it's mainly because he's so funny."

"I'll go where the humor takes me, and if that happens to create gross inconsistencies, then so be it."
Rich Burlew, author of The Order of the Stick

The Lobe: Freakazoid! Why is it taking us so long to fall?!
Freakazoid: 'Cause it's funny!
The Lobe: No, it's not! It's just stupid! It's as dumb as that Handman episode!
Freakazoid!, "Virtual Freakapoop"

Eric: I forgot my mom's birthday.
Hyde: Really? 'Cause I remembered your mom's birthday.
Eric: If you remembered, then why didn't you tell me?
Hyde: How would that be funny?

Lots of things happen in cartoons that you just don't see in the real world. That's part of the fun of cartoons.
Toon

Why'd I have Sorin say that? It was funny. Really, end of story.

Mega Man: If I were to guess, I would say that it was done using that unique property of highly random humor in which a character can spontaneously do just about anything as long as it's part of the joke.
Mega Man: Exactly. I call it the gag reflex.

Kid, I'm the Joker. I don't just randomly kill people. I kill people when it's funny. What would conceivably be funny about killing you?

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