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Edward Blake / The Comedian: Once you figure out what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.Blake: Hey, I never said it was a good joke. I'm just playing along with the gag.
Doctor Manhattan: The charred villages, the boys with necklaces made of human ears...these are part of the joke?
[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 at the grief that poisons your heart!"
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!
—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.