Speaking of wanting laughs, I love this story about the legendary acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne…
Lunt and Fontanne did many plays together. One night, while performing in a comedy, Lunt got a huge laugh when his character asked for a cup of tea. The next night, he said the line more pointedly, and the laugh got even bigger.
The following week, he came offstage feeling thrown because the laugh didn’t happen where he expected. He asked Fontanne what happened, and she said “The scene is you asking for tea.” He said, “I know, but the laugh was there yesterday.”
She responded, “Darling, don’t ask for the laugh. Just ask for the tea.”
P.S. – “Tea For Two”