Getting older is a fact of life, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. Fortunately, there are countless comedians who've given the world classic one-liners about aging, thereby helping take the sting out of all the challenges growing old entails. If one laughs about old age, haven't they already won half the battle?
From stand-up comedy legends to up-and-coming jokesters, old age has long been a source of humor. The best jokes about aging skewer the aspects of growing older that are tough for everyone to accept; the slowing down of the body, the rapid advancement of a world that feels like it's moving forward without you, and of course, looking older.
When a person can find the comedy in a difficult reality, it's safe to say they've reached a mature age.
George Burns, as quoted in JBrish
Carrie Fisher, in a 2014 Twitter post
Phyllis Diller, as quoted in The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America's Future
Joan Rivers, as quoted in Snippets of Joan Rivers
Rodney Dangerfield, as quoted in Return to the '80s
George Burns, as quoted in Prepare to Defend Yourself: How to Age Gracefully and Escape with Your Dignity
Joan Rivers, as quoted in The Telegraph
Bob Hope, as quoted in the Chicago Tribune
Robin Williams, as quoted in SFGate
Emo Philips, as quoted in WTF? College: How to Survive 101 of Campus's Worst F*#!-ing Situations
Sue Kolinsky, as quoted in That's Funny: Getting Older!
Phyllis Diller, as quoted in Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women
Larry Miller, as quoted in Dick Enberg's Humorous Quotes For All Occasions
Gary Gulman, as quoted in AZ Quotes
Sarah Millican, as quoted in The Telegraph