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Carl Reiner

Reiner in 1960
Birth name Carlton[citation needed] Reiner
Born (1922-03-20) March 20, 1922 (age 94)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Influences Mel Brooks
Neil Simon
Larry Gelbart
Mel Tolkin
Aaron Ruben
Dick Van Dyke
Don Rickles
Spouse Estelle Reiner (1943–2008; her death)
Children Rob Reiner
Lucas Reiner (sons)
Annie Reiner (daughter)

A fellow who has a funny bone can learn to hone his skills, but I don't think you can develop a funny bone – you either have it or you don't. And by the way – when you get it, we don't know it.
Carl Reiner
Everybody wants to laugh – you know that. They need to laugh… people need to laugh.
Carl Reiner
The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh.
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Carl Reiner
I think that comedy really tells you how it is. The other thing about comedy is that – you don't even know if you're failing in drama, but you do know when you're failing in comedy. When you go to a comedy and you don't hear anybody laughing, you know that you've failed.
Carl Reiner
It's like a bird. If he knew what he was doing, he would fall.
If you can get a laugh out of a name, you're ahead of the game.
Comedians are really writers who don't have pens and pencils about them, but they riff.
Carl Reiner
I'm a charming coward; I fight with words.