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: 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.
[To Moloch] I mean, what's so funny? What's so goddamned funny?
— The Comedian, Watchmen
I don't need no fucking man servant / trying to follow me around and wipe my ass / Laugh at every single joke I crack/ And half of 'em ain't even funny, like / "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
"With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die."
"And if 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!
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
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.
Hawke: I have a smile on my face. That should be enough for most people.
Aveline: That doesn't work on me.
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"
Tony: Have you noticed the closer we get to uncomfortable truths, the more jokes per minute you make?
Peter: That's not true.
Peter: So this talking horse walks into a bar -
Tony: I rest my case.
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."
"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, The Mallorean
"...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 didnít, heíd hang himself."
You're quite the funny man - and yet, I think, laughing on purpose at the darkness.
— Mrs Finnegan, Doctor Who
"Although I laugh and I act like a clown, beneath this mask,I am wearing a frown."
— The Beatles, "I'm a Loser"