updated 07/20/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/20/2010 AT 10:20 AM ET
Unprompted, Steve Carell’s children, Elisabeth Anne and John, are following in their father’s famous comic footsteps.
“Kids are funny in general because they’re unfiltered and they’re wise, but they’re not jaded by anything,” the actor and comedian, 47, told PEOPLE on Monday at the premiere of his latest film, Dinner for Schmucks, at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre.
“Their sense of humor is very pure, and they don’t even a lot of times know when they’re being funny, because it’s just so honest. And I think that’s what makes them so funny.”