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Performers like Tommy Cooper, who are always getting things wrong,
by Adrian Edmondson

Performers like Tommy Cooper, who are always getting things wrong,
are much more endearing than comedians who are sassy and smart.
- Adrian Edmondson

Most modern comedy is crap.
- Adrian Edmondson

I've always had a kind of visual eye,
and it was a pleasant exercise for that.
- Adrian Edmondson

It only works because we still amuse each other.
After we have been working with other people,
it is so refreshing to laugh unreservedly when we are back together again.
- Adrian Edmondson

 

A lot of people are obsessed with looking cool.
They feel they have to look after their image.
- Adrian Edmondson

We have never been strictly political,
only strictly funny.
- Adrian Edmondson

It's definitely time to stop.
We're getting too old.
We both realised that the show wasn't as engaging as it used to be.
We were starting to look a bit ridiculous.
- Adrian Edmondson

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On stage, we just want to generate hysteria.
We don't care about looking cool or posing.
- Adrian Edmondson

You're entering dangerous land when you start theorising about comedy.
- Adrian Edmondson

We had so much fun in Ghana and they are really lovely people.
- Adrian Edmondson

The most fun I ever have is sitting in with Rick writing,
and we laugh at our own jokes.
- Adrian Edmondson

I'm waiting for the time when I fail -
because we all fail -
and I'm ready,
I'll take up carpentry.
- Adrian Edmondson

I remember once having to stop performing when I thought
an elderly man a few rows back from the front was actually
going to die because he was laughing so hard.
- Adrian Edmondson

We only have one agenda, which is to make 'em laugh their pants off.
Unless they are girls, of course, when it is to make
them laugh their bras off so we can get a quick look.
- Adrian Edmondson

Even though we work in the same field,
we have an intense private life away from our professional lives.
- Adrian Edmondson

From the stage I've seen people of all ages absolutely
roaring at really good toilet humour.
- Adrian Edmondson

I've never played a hero before so I jumped at the chance.
- Adrian Edmondson

Richie and Eddie couldn't exist without each other.
They're two halves of the same person.
- Adrian Edmondson

People expect us to be different, but we're not.
We're very similar people, and it's because we're so
similar and close to each other that we make each other laugh -
in fact we make each other laugh more than we make anyone else laugh.
- Adrian Edmondson

I don't claim that our TV comedies are highbrow in anyway,
but I think there's a basis to them,
and that's why they're more popular than other TV comedies.
There's a basis of truth in them, a gut feeling.
- Adrian Edmondson

There is a lot of rubbish written about toilet humour -
people saying it is childish and pretending it is beneath them -
but there is no doubting the effectiveness of a really good willy gag.
- Adrian Edmondson

Sammy Davis, I backed him up.
I used to study him every night.
I saw how great performers worked and was able to incorporate
a little bit from the best.
- Bobby Vinton

I think Elvis loved his fans - I think that's why they
loved him and still love him.
Fans are very conscious and sensitive to the fact that performers love them.
- Minnie Pearl

I still insist that American performers are the best performers in the world.
- Tony Bennett

To others we are not ourselves but performers in their
lives cast for a part we do not even know we are playing.
- Elizabeth Bibesco

The stage is close to being in the middle of the hall,
so that the performers are surrounded by the listeners.
I feel that we are all experiencing the music together.
- Emanuel Ax

All the best performers bring to their role something more,
something different than what the author put on paper.
That's what makes theatre live.
That's why it persists.
- Stephen Sondheim

I got to sit down with people who I admired,
and have conversations with some of the greatest thinkers
and artists and performers.
It's a huge privilege for me to be a journalist.
- James Daly

Some people really want to play Mozart and be just performers.
I was more interested in invention.
- Steve Lacy

I will always remember this summer day in Paris,
when I was to perform a great acrobatic move.
I can still see myself stepping on the ring of a packed
circus along real performers.
- Tony Curtis

Canadians send us great hockey players.
You also send us wonderful performers,
from the beginning, with Mary Pickford.
- Jamie Farr

If you don't get feedback from your performers and your audience,
you're going to be working in a vacuum.
- Peter Maxwell Davies

You have to remember we're just performers,
that we seldom have any kind of grasp on real life.
- Tom Kenny

Bands today have to learn their craft by putting the
hard work in that we did when we were young performers.
- Elton John

The best performers in Europe are those who use their
welfare states to help people adjust to change.
- John Monks

I had been on tour with people like Roy Orbison.
I knew Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke.
So many great performers.
- Bobby Vinton

It's an immensely competitive business,
and I can tell you the older you get,
the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.
- John Hurt

We have all, at one time or another,
been performers,
and many of us still are - politicians,
playboys, cardinals and kings.
- Laurence Olivier

I like performers who I know are for real.
You can tell, man, there's an intensity about their stuff.
You can tell right away they're real people,
ya know?
- Alan Vega

The development of the comedy club industry destroyed
the uniqueness and intimacy of the profession but it
also created jobs for comics and bred some great performers.
- Marc Maron

Most performers spend half their earnings taking care of family members.
- Martha Reeves

I was very young at the time, and I mainly appreciated their vocal qualities,
even though I was already living as they did -
as black performers in a white world.
- Bobby Short

Conductors are performers.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

I must say I've always composed music from the point
of view of the performers.
- Walter Piston

While I don't script and I don't use other performers,
I think my taste for underlying precision gives me
something in common with Allan and George Brecht.
- David Antin

When I got lucky with Dean, I ended up with 16 years
with one of the truly great performers of all time.
He was the greatest performer I'd ever been around,
bar none.
- Greg Garrison

Veteran performers are dying off, and new acts simply
aren't emerging on the national scene.
- Brian Setzer

When I went on to write my next book,
Working With Emotional Intelligence,
I wanted to make a business case that the best performers
were those people strong in these skills.
- Daniel Goleman

Canada has given us John Candy and Martin Short and
Bill Shatner and Lord knows how many other wonderful performers.
- Jamie Farr

Regardless of who originally made it popular,
any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and
imagination of other musicians and performers.
- Les Baxter

It's really a grand old, legendary theatre where the
spirits of like Judy Garland and all these great performers have been.
The clubs are way more underground.
- Deborah Cox

People want performers, personality and drama,
and you got that in the .
- Kim Wilde

Most performers don't admit this, because it sounds
negative and performers are not supposed to be negative,
but when I was on the road, I was lonely.
- Tom Glazer

I've been with certain stars; some are caring and pay
attention to their fans and to their fellow performers and some are too busy.
Elvis never seemed too busy.
- Minnie Pearl

I'm thinking in terms of a point of departure,
a field of action for performers to express an expressive
need of mine which hopefully the context of music would convey.
- John Eaton

I'm usually put off by performers when they get political.
- Tracey Ullman

We shouldn't feel restricted by our sexuality,
and our sexuality doesn't have to be a cultural choice.
That's an amazing variety of music within those five main performers.
- Neil Tennant

That's why I never took this business too seriously,
thinking I was something special, when I knew the truly
great performers in motion pictures.
pictures.
- Robert Stack

There are few performers who would have had the audacity
to even bring up the fact that they had been poorly reviewed.
- Sandra Bernhard

We aren't people who believe that just because we're
performers our opinions on everything need to be known.
- Penn Jillette

I think that standup has always been an acquired taste
and there was always only a handful of performers that were really inspired.
- Marc Maron

I thought that maybe it is not so much,
as he seems to think, that the world loses interest
in female performers after they hit a certain age,
than the performers lose interest in the world.
- Lara St.
John

Originally a record producer more or less hired a bunch
of professionals to participate in a recording session,
the performers and the technicians, and a music director was put in charge.
That directly related to a film producer's job.
- Tony Visconti

I have been trying to find out exactly when listeners
and performers decided that applause between movements would not be allowed,
but nobody seems to have been willing to admit that they were the culprit.
- Emanuel Ax

I think, describing Elvis for me would be a very generous king.
He was the king of rock and roll, will always be.
He's whats made it possible for everyone to be performers
and to do the things they do now.
- Jackie DeShannon

But a large symphony orchestra basically is a repertory
company and it has a very enormous repertoire and it
is important for the performers to be able to know
how to shift focus so that they instantly become part
of the sound world that a particular repertoire demands.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

They've pursued their own agendas, and they've done
what they've wanted to do and not pursued traditional
careers in the music industry.
They've followed their own instincts,
and they are in many ways maverick performers.
- Neil Tennant

That is the godawful thing about television today.
Performers don't have any place to hit and miss.
You're either in or you're out; you don't have a chance
to become good at your craft.
If you make three pictures in a row and they don't go over,
you're out of the business.
- Donald O'Connor

I feel that the work that I have done in the comedy arena,
is priceless in terms of what I learned,
timing, everything that these incredibly talented performers
were generous enough in teaching me.
- Khandi Alexander

I was looking at making a shift in my career.
I've been so blessed I'd like to be able to give that back.
If I could find young artists, young performers I can
nurture to have a career I would really like that.
- Diana Ross

Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge,
for it requires from its disciples, composers and performers alike,
not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge
and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection.
- Alban Berg


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