Charlie Chaplin was born to a very poor family in London in 1889. While Charlie was still a child his father left his mother, which only exaggerated their poverty. But from that misery was born one of the most talented comedians.
Charlie developed his humor and comedy to rise above the depressing circumstances of his childhood. He put together all types of acts to make him mother and brother laugh. He later recalled wanting to make them laugh so much they would forget how desperately hungry they were.
Source: The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly