Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Dr. Colenso Ridgeon, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
Being a parent is such serious business that we dare not take it too seriously. Children are inherently funny. So are parents. We all are at our funniest when we are desperately struggling to appear to be in control of a new situation.
(Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, introduction (1991).)
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down.... Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Spiritualism," All Things Considered (1908).)