"Although I laugh and I act like a clown
Beneath this mask, I am wearing a frown"
The children love the show, but they fail to see the anguish in my eyes
"Five days a workweek
It's in my face
Pie in my face
It sucks to be a clown"
"'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"
"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!"
"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
"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."
Edward Blake / The Comedian: Once you figure out what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.
Hey, I never said it was a good
joke. I'm just playing along with the gag.
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?
: 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 say what they wanna hear instead. Most of all, I think the term '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."
Warden: This is the part where you deflect questions with humour?
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.
That doesn't work on me.
Bethany: I can't believe [you and Hawke] are joking about this.
Don't worry, Sunshine. The laughter just...hides the pain.
— Dragon Age II, "Legacy"
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 -
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!"
: "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."
You're quite the funny man — and yet, I think, laughing on purpose at the darkness.
"And the punchline was the Blackout. When the world went back to being one giant schoolyard, and the Billy Underwood
’s are in charge and I am weak and afraid."
Wolfwood: Well, I'll be. I'm actually surprised that you can smile like that.
Vash: Huh? What do you mean?
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.