"Look, I'm not proud of what I did — but I needed an easy recurring joke to cover my getaway and there were no flumphs available, OK?"
"Good grief, it's a running gag!"
— Kermit the Frog, The Muppet Movie
"Garfield, let me out! I don't like running gags!"
— Nermal, Garfield and Friends
"I hate jelly babies but at the time it was such a joke. And a joke that worked, you work it to death and finally you grow to hate it."
—Tom Baker, "The Five Doctors"
"There’s a line of critique against Monty Python’s musical Spamalot — really just Eric Idle’s musical — that amounts to the accusation that a troupe whose comedy was once about transgression and surprise now amounts to nothing more than delivering lines that the entire audience has memorized and calling it comedy."
"At the risk of sounding like Victor Meldrew (I can think of worse role models!) ‘I don’t believe it!’ The episode was cruising along harmlessly enough and I was actually congratulating the writers (in my head of course) for avoiding the trap of having Tom Paris turn up and crack that hilarious gag about Harry falling for the wrong woman again. I should have known better than to dish out credit before an episode is over."
"The very first actual scene, the one that plays over the credits, is Anderson dancing around and flopping out of her top on a strip club stage... One of the most vocal patrons calls her 'babe' and she severely injures him by throwing her shoe at his forehead. I can only guess all the paying, theater-going viewers of this film, seeing everything they had paid to see, left right after the credits."