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Fred Allen

Fred Allen circa 1940
Birth name John Florence Sullivan
Born (1894-05-31)May 31, 1894
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died March 17, 1956(1956-03-17) (aged 61)
Manhattan, New York City
Show The Fred Allen Show
Network CBS, NBC
Style Comedian
Country United States
Spouse(s) Portland Hoffa (1927-1956 his death)

The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Fred Allen
What's on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement.
Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.
A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Fred Allen
Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.
Fred Allen
The last time I saw him he was walking down lover's lane holding his own hand.
Fred Allen
The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi.
If I could get my membership fee back, I'd resign from the human race.
Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs.
Fred Allen
All I know about humor is that I don't know anything about it.
I play a musical instrument a little, but only for my own amazement.
Radio is a bag of mediocrity where little men with carbon minds wallow in sluice of their own making.
Fred Allen
Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for stars.
Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.
An income tax form is like a laundry list – either way you lose your shirt.
Fred Allen
Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
Television is a device that permits people who haven't anything to do to watch people who can't do anything.
Fred Allen
During the Samuel Johnson days they had big men enjoying small talk; today we have small men enjoying big talk.
Fred Allen
The vice-president of an advertising agency is a bit of executive fungus that forms on a desk that has been exposed to conference.
Fred Allen
Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you.
Fred Allen
A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
Fred Allen
California is a great place to live if you're an orange.
I can't understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.
Fred Allen
I learned law so well, the day I graduated I sued the college, won the case, and got my tuition back.
Fred Allen
Television is the triumph of machine over people.
Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners.
It is probably not love that makes the world go around, but rather those mutually supportive alliances through which partners recognize their dependence on each other for the achievement of shared and private goals.
Fred Allen
My uncle is a Southern planter. He's an undertaker in Alabama.
A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.
Fred Allen
A gentleman is any man who wouldn't hit a woman with his hat on.
I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and – I can't remember what the third thing is.
Fred Allen
We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.
Fred Allen
An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.
Fred Allen
I don't want to own anything that won't fit into my coffin.
California is a fine place to live - if you happen to be an orange.
Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year.
Fred Allen
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
An actor's popularity is fleeting. His success has the life expectancy of a small boy who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match.
Fred Allen
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
Fred Allen
You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
Fred Allen
Committee – a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.
Fred Allen
The advertising world had space men in it before spacemen existed.
Washington is no place for a good actor. The competition from bad actors is too great.
Fred Allen
I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.
Fred Allen
I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me than a full frontal lobotomy.
Fred Allen
An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.
A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but who, as a group, can meet and decide that nothing can be done.
Fred Allen
Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
Fred Allen
My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.
Fred Allen
I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.
Fred Allen
A telescope will magnify a star a thousand times, but a good press agent can do even better.
Fred Allen