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Chuck Jones on What Makes a Comedian Funny

Many thanks to the editors at BigThink.com and to Patrick Allan at LifeHacker.com for sharing this terrific story and quote from Chuck Jones!

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From BigThink.com:

Chuck Jones (1912-2002) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director of animated films. His most famous work consisted of numerous Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies shorts for Warner Brothers featuring characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, and others. Jones was nominated for eight Oscars, won three, and was awarded an honorary statuette in 1996. Robin Williams called Jones “the Orson Welles of cartoons.”

Many luminaries of humor peddle varying definitions of comedy. Jones’ stance was that comedians are funny people who do funny things against a backdrop of relative normality.

“A comedian is not a person who opens a funny door — he’s the person who opens a door funny.” [Wikiquote]

Source: “The Art of Chuck Jones: John Lewell Interviews the Veteran Hollywood Animator [1982],” in Animation – Art and Industry, ed. Maureen Furniss (John Libby Publishing Ltd., 2009), 134.

From Patrick Allan writing at LifeHacker.com:

Having a good sense of humor can make you more charismatic and become the type of person people like to be around. Being funny isn’t always easy, however, and legendary animator Chuck Jones believes the main ingredient is how you say or do something—not what you say or do.

Chuck Jones—most known for his animation and direction on Looney Tunes—has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and received four for his cartoon work. Needless to say, Jones—who passed away in 2002—knew comedy pretty darn well. Jones believed there was a secret to it all:

“A comedian is not a person who opens a funny door — he’s the person who opens a door funny.”

Ever tried to listen to someone repeat a stand-up comedian’s joke? It’s amazing how unfunny it can be. So as you work on your jokes and humorous conversation, remember that you don’t need to stress about material. Instead think of ways to be funny without relying on a “funny door.” Of course, you don’t want to be all jokes all the time, but a sense of humor can get you a lot farther than you think.

A Creative Way to Begin Father’s Day

The engaging and lively radio personality and journalist, Cynthia Fox (KLOS 95.5 FM), interviewed Craig Kausen, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and teaching artist (and all around bon vivant) Christopher Scardino for the KLOS "Spotlight on the Community" program which airs this Sunday, June 19th at 6 AM on 95.5 FM — KLOS radio.  (Yes, it's early, but it's a fun and entertaining interview with a short bit of Einstein quote one-upmanship between Craig and Chris, not to be missed.) 

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Christopher Scardino (left), Craig Kausen, Cynthia Fox and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity volunteer community ambassador Linda Krall pause for a photo-op before the taping.

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No visit to KLOS is complete without a tour of the pinatas in the marketing and promo department.

DJ Chris
True or False: In another life (like Walter Mitty) Chris dreamed of being a DJ.

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As a token of his appreciation, Craig gave the Chuck Jones limited edition print, "Pepe Bouquet" to Cynthia.  Word is she loved it!

Photos courtesy Linda Krall

The Chuck Jones Gallery Opens in Tustin!

The Chuck Jones Gallery has opened its doors at 3065 Edinger Avenue, Tustin, California (at the Jamboree Plaza & Tustin Metrolink Station.)  Sharing the loft-like space (skylights! 18' ceilings! exposed duct-work!, festively-colored piping!) with Linda Jones Enterprises (parent company) and the non-profit Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the gallery is poised to become a destination for local art lovers as well as visitors from around the globe. 

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Welcome!  Open the door and come in to view the finest in film art from Chuck Jones and all major animation studios as well as the SPORT Magazine Collection of fine art sports photographs.

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If what you're looking for isn't on the wall, our expert art consultants will be happy to look high & low for the perfect work of art for your collection, at home or for your office.

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Of course, we have the largest selection of art created by the legendary Chuck Jones.  From original production art used in many of his most famous cartoons to his elegant fine art & everything in-between, you'll be delighted by the selection and his unique view of life!

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When you visit, you'll want to take a moment to flip through the amazing "Stroke of Genius: A Collection of Paintings & Musings on Life, Love & Art by Chuck Jones" — a thoroughly enjoyable coffee-table art book that pictures many of Jones' finest animation character oil paintings alongside his timeless quotes.

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The Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin has a fantastic collection of original art from Disney Studios as well as 20th Century Fox (The Simpsons!) for your viewing pleasure. 

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The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 6 PM.  Call for more information, 714-516-9300 or 800-959-7175.  Or visit us online at www.ChuckJonesGallery.com, read our blog at Chuck Redux and the Center's blog at Now Hare This!  We look forward to your visit!