Best Vaudeville Quotes On Success In Life

These vaudeville quotes will inspire you. Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment born in France at the end of the 19th century.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging vaudeville quotes, vaudeville sayings, and vaudeville proverbs.

Famous Vaudeville Quotes

  1. “With the collapse of vaudeville new talent has no place to stink.” ~ George Burns
  2. “Vaudeville could not vouch for the honesty, the integrity, or the mentality of the individuals who collectively made up the horde the medium embraced. All the human race demands of its members is that they be born. That is all vaudeville demanded. You just had to be born. You could be ignorant and be a star. You could be a moron and be wealthy. The elements that went to make up vaudeville were combed from the jungles, the four corners of the world, the intelligentsia and the subnormal.” ~ Fred Allen
  3. “A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he’s making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don’t make any difference if it’s baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It’s business, I tell you. There ain’t no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff.” ~ Babe Ruth
  4. “Nobody seems to know yet how television is going to affect the radio, movies, love, housekeeping or the church, but it has definitely revived vaudeville.” ~ Edgar Bergen

  5. “The world’s a stage, & everything else is Vaudeville.” ~ Alan Moore
  6. “I was raised never to carp about things and never to moan because in vaudeville, which is my background, you just got on with it through all kinds of adversities.” ~ Julie Andrews
  7. “Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to dance in films later on.” ~ James Cagney
  8. “Courts are places where the ending is written first and all that precedes is simply vaudeville.” ~ Charles Bukowski

  9. “I do not like vaudeville, but what can I do? It likes me.” ~ Anna Held
  10. “If vaudeville had died, television was the box they put it in.” ~ Larry Gelbart
  11. “The violence or the vaudeville style of comedy is a technique all by itself. You get up there, and you are a comedian, and you’re doing one thing. That is, you’re going to make the audience laugh.” ~ Leslie Nielsen
  12. “They call television a medium because nothing’s well done.” ~ Goodman Ace

  13. “You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville, in clubs, and on Broadway.” ~ Danny Kaye
  14. “Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies – as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.” ~ James Broughton
  15. “I wasn’t straining at the bit to become a movie star any more than I had plotted to get out of vaudeville and into Broadway musicals” ~ Ethel Merman
  16. “George Burns was a Vaudeville performer I particularly loved.” ~ Tom Waits

  17. “TV—a clever contraction, derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville. We call it a medium because nothing’s well done.” ~ Goodman Ace
  18. “So many people are working in vaudeville today that I looked for three weeks to book enough acts for an hour bill and didn’t have them until the night before we opened in Buffalo and money was no object!” ~ Edgar Bergen
  19. “No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons.” ~ Ishmael Reed
  20. “NOTORIETY, n. The fame of one’s competitor for public honors. The kind of renown most accessible and acceptable to mediocrity. A Jacob’s-ladder leading to the vaudeville stage, with angels ascending and descending.” ~ Ambrose Bierce

  21. “If you do a musical, it’s really thrilling and it’s a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding. I would say, for me, what I like best is what I do, which is, I call it vaudeville, I call it live, I call it in concert, I call it what Bette Midler does, and what Garland did for years, and Ethel Merman.” ~ Debbie Reynolds
  22. “The idea of vaudeville clowns and court jesters is always to show the flaw, to point out what’s not working and why it’s not coherent.” ~ John Baldessari
  23. “His sense of humor is purely cheap vaudeville, yet everyone falls for it.” ~ Lisa Lutz
  24. “Each couple is its own vaudeville act.” ~ Zadie Smith

  25. “I will step outside the system. Voting for the “lesser evil”-or failing to vote at all-is part of the corporate agenda to crush what is left of our anemic democracy. And those who continue to participate in the vaudeville of a two-part process, who refuse to confront in every way possible the structures of corporate power, assure our mutual destruction.” ~ Chris Hedges
  26. “I am not an educated person. I didn’t come up through a ballet company. I came up through burlesque. So I have a lot of inferiority feelings concerning my own lack of education, my entry into show business. I’m not a Baryshnikov. I’m not a Nureyev. I came up in vaudeville. Strippers. So I’ve always had these feelings. But I think they’ve also helped me.” ~ Bob Fosse
  27. “Do not permit yourself to fall in love with the end-game play to the exclusion of entire games. It is well to have the whole story of how it happened; the complete play, not the denouement only. Do not embrace the rag-time and vaudeville of chess.” ~ Emanuel Lasker
  28. “Look, I come from vaudeville, I come from burlesque, I come from heartaches, I come from sadness, I come from gladness, I come from work and sweat and respect for the craft.” ~ Mickey Rooney

  29. “Parallel to the training of the body a struggle against the poisoning of the soul must begin. Our whole public life today is like a hothouse for sexual ideas and simulations. Just look at the bill of fare served up in our movies, vaudeville and theaters, and you will hardly be able to deny that this is not the right kind of food, particularly for the youth. Theater, art, literature, cinema, press, posters, and window displays must be cleansed of all manifestations of our rotting world and placed in the service of a moral, political and cultural idea.” ~ Adolf Hitler
  30. “Election campaigns seem to siphon away political anger and even basic political intelligence into this great vaudeville, after which we all end up in exactly the same place.” ~ Arundhati Roy
  31. “Gypsy [Rose Lee], who was called Louise as a kid, gave her first performances here with her sister [June Hovac], playing for the local Masonic lodge halls. It was a tight-knit community, and the support and success the act enjoyed here enabled them to hit the road and make it in big-time vaudeville.” ~ Karen Abbott
  32. “If you find yourself concentrating on the technology rather than the sociology, you’re like the vaudeville character who loses his keys on a dark street and looks for them on the adjacent street because, as he explains, “The light is better there.”” ~ Tom DeMarco

  33. “I have never had anything that I can remember in the business – and that includes all the movies and the stage shows and everything – that I didn’t enjoy. I didn’t like some of the small-time vaudeville, because we weren’t going on and getting better. Aside from that, I didn’t dislike anything.” ~ Fred Astaire
  34. “Anything really well-made has the effect of making you want to do what you do better. Abrams has always made very beautiful books. It’s exciting to see this same excellence applied to the presentation of comics. Abrams ComicArts shows comics are stepping out of vaudeville and into Carnegie Hall-but the Marx Brothers will always be welcome!” ~ Jon J Muth
  35. “Next-door a baker’s apprentice with his wife, an employee in a printing shop, she has inflammation of the ovaries. Wonder what those two get out of life? Well, first of all, they get each other, then last Sunday a vaudeville and a film, then this or that club meeting and a visit to his parents. Nothing else? Well now, don’t drop dead, sir. Add to that nice weather, bad weather, country picnics, standing in front of the stove, eating breakfast and so on. And what more do you get, you, captain, general, jockey, whoever you are? Don’t fool yourself.” ~ Alfred Doblin
  36. “In God’s great vaudeville, Mother is the headliner.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

  37. “It was a great challenge to reconstruct Gypsy Rose Lee life, and my interviews with her sister [June Havoc] proved invaluable. It’s not often that writers have access to living primary source material; this was the only person who experienced life on the vaudeville circuit with Gypsy during the 1920s, and who saw her perform at Minsky’s Burlesque in the 1930s. She knew things that no one else could ever possibly know.” ~ Karen Abbott
  38. “I heard there were two local guys in town doing songs and comedy so I thought I’d take a look….they took my breath away…with their music, comedy, and showmanship…. ‘Dakaboom’.. is the genuine article! Two voices in perfect harmony, and with joyful abandon and humor, they take you on a magical, musical, modern-day vaudeville tour!! Ben McLain and Paul Peglar are headed for stardom. They are unique, they are original, and they are known as ‘Dakaboom.’ Don’t miss ’em ’cause you’re in for a treat!” ~ Tommy Smothers
  39. “Stargirl began to improvise. She flung her arms to a make-believe crowd like a celebrity on parade. She waggled her fingers at the stars. She churned her fists like an egg-beater. Every action echoed down the line behind her. The three hops of the bunny became three struts of a vaudeville vamp. Then a penguin waddle. Then tippy-toed priss. Every new move brought new laughter from the line.” ~ Jerry Spinelli
  40. “Milton took vaudeville, which, if you look up ‘vaudeville’ in the dictionary, right alongside of it, it says ‘Milton Berle’ – and he made it just a tremendous party.” ~ Alan King

  41. “On the Bowery, in the ornate carcass of a formerly grand vaudeville theater, a dance marathon limps along. The contestants, young girls and their fellas, hold one another up, determined to make their mark, to bite back at the dreams sold to them in newspaper advertisements and on the radio. They have sores on their feet but stars in their eyes.” ~ Libba Bray
  42. “As a lobbyist, he had long ago concluded there was no difference in how Democrats and Republicans conducted the business of government. The game stayed the same: It was always about favors and friends, and who controlled the dough. Party labels were merely a way to keep track of the teams; issues were mostly smoke and vaudeville. Nobody believed in anything except hanging on to power, whatever it took.” ~ Carl Hiaasen
  43. “Tilting his head back he slowly released an enormous quantity of smoke from his mouth and drew it up through his nostrils. He continued to smoke in this “French-inhale” style. Very probably, it was not part of the sofa vaudeville of a showoff but, rather, the private, exposed achievement of a young man who, at one time or another, might have tried shaving himself left-handed.” ~ J. D. Salinger
  44. “I was very interested in vaudeville. It was the only sort of discipline that was a five-minute act on stage, which is what I really enjoyed and saw myself doing. And I bought books on it.” ~ Steve Martin

  45. “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” ~ Neil Postman

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