quotations about show business
There's no business like show business.
IRVING BERLIN, Annie Get Your Gun
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.
JOSS WHEDON, post on Bronze Beta web message board after discovering that The WB had cancelled Angel, February 14, 2004
I always tell new people in show business. I say, "Look, show business pays you a lot of money, because eventually you're gonna get screwed. And when you get screwed, you will have this pile of money off to the side already." And they go, "OK, OK, OK, you ready? You ready?" "I got screwed." "You got the pile of money?" "Yeah, I'm fine." I mean, that's the way it works.
JAY LENO, 60 Minutes, January 26, 2014
There's no doubt about it, show business lures the people who didn't get enough love, attention, or approval early in life and have grown up to become bottomless, gaping vessels of terrifying, abject need. Please laugh.
DENNIS MILLER, attributed, The User's Guide to Being Human: The Art and Science of Self
Basically, it boils down to I always feel that show business is a party I snuck into and they haven't found out yet. As long as there are people around dumb enough to pay me, I'm willing to do it.
GILBERT GOTTFRIED, "Gilbert Gottfried on Showbiz Stupidity and Hollywood Legends", Miami New Times, August 25, 2017
You pay the man
You pay your dues
When it's all gone, ooh
You sing the blues
AC/DC, "Show Business"
Show business is and has always been a depraved carnival.
DAVID MAMET, True and False
Show business is ... the science of packing theatres.
WOLF MANKOWITZ, ABC of Show Business
Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left.
GEORGE BURNS, attributed, Gotcha!
I went into show business strictly from hunger. Starvation helps to turn you into a good actor, I guess.
JAMES CAGNEY, attributed, Film-makers Speak
The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back.
DAVE CHAPPELLE, attributed, I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone
What I tell people in show business is, 'Don't fall in love with a hooker.' That's what show business is.
JAY LENO, "Jay Leno: Still Keeping Us Laughing", Forbes, August 24, 2017
Show business offers more solid promises than Catholicism.
JOHN GUARE, London Independent, April 25, 1992
Show business is really 90 per cent luck and 10 per cent being able to handle it when it gets offered to you.
TOMMY STEELE, London Listener, October 10, 1974
Show business is just like high school, except you get paid.
MARTIN MULL, attributed, Laugh Off: The Comedy Showdown Between Real Life and the Pros
One of the great things about show business is that Monday can be disappointing and Tuesday can be exhilarating. Momentum and fortunes change on a dime.
ROB LOWE, Socs and Greasers: Behind The Scenes of The Outsiders from Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends
Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summer's day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away
That's entertainment, that's entertainment
THE JAM, "That's Entertainment"
I am in show business. I don't, for a minute, ever forget that this is a business that I'm involved in, and it plays by business' rules.
HARRISON FORD, Barbra Walters interview, ABC Special Report, March 24, 1997
I'm ... still running to the next show, coming alive under the lights, still making love to an audience that I know will go home and make love to one another and leave me alone again.
SAMMY DAVIS, JR., attributed, Life Upon the Wicked Stage: A Sociological Study of Entertainers
There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them.
BETTY GRABLE, attributed, The Encarta Book of Quotations