Denis Norden Best Quotes

Denis Mostyn Norden, CBE is a retired English comedy writer and television presenter. After an early career working in cinemas, he began scriptwriting during World War II. Enjoy Denis Norden’s best quotes below.

Denis Norden
“It’s like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s remembered.”
“And when you’re on your own there is that terrifying possibility that you may be the only person on the planet who thinks it’s funny – and you have no way of finding out.”
“The comedians all finished their acts with a song. They would get a certain amount of money from the song publishers and would use that money to pay the writers. None of them paid very much for their comedy material, but it all added up.”
“And if you can offer an explanation as to why it doesn’t work then you’ve got to the whole root of comedy.”
“Then after that came word processors and it’s hard to make those laugh.”
“Everyone who appears in a scene gets paid.”
“Frank liked administrative work and was good at it.”
“I defy anyone to get a decision that quickly these days.”
“I used to like writing for comedians – I enjoyed the challenge of making other people funny.”
“If the laughter of the audience was malicious we wouldn’t show it.”
“There’s an unseen force which lets birds know when you’ve just washed your car.”

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