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Comedy, at least the way I write comedy, is just drama with jokes.
I started writing this feature comedy in New York - a Chris Farley vehicle. The script was decent. When I got to LA, I met some new friends in film school and had them read my script and give me notes.
I think a lot of the instincts you have doing comedy are really the same for doing drama, in that it's essentially about listening. The way I approach comedy, is you have to commit to everything as if it's a dramatic role, meaning you play it straight.
I want to do drama, light comedy, the whole range.
One always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria.
When I left school I was full of angst, like any teenager, and I channeled it all into comedy.
Well, I have since seen you at Tinkle. It's a comedy show started by David Cross, me and Jon Benjamin. It features a wide variety of acts for all tastes and seasons.
Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.
It's good Xerox is known for its copying machines, and it's good Jim Carrey is known for comedy.
You're entering dangerous land when you start theorising about comedy.
The publisher is a middleman, he calls the tune to which the whole rest of the trade dances; and he does so because he pays the piper.
All I mean is, I'm not the kind of audience comedy directors want at a test screening because I seldom laugh, and if I do, it's not very loud. That doesn't mean I don't like the movie.
You know what I would really like to do? I'd like to do a half hour drama with comedy in it.
In comedy, something may be more absurd, but you have to believe just as much as you do when you're doing drama.
What you aspire to on a sitcom is the feeling of live comedy.
A straight factor is important in any comedy, because you need something to tee it up and also to ground it.
The one that was most fun was That's My Bush; the part that I did for Comedy Central. That was a hoot. That was more fun that one should be allowed to have.
I don't really like comedy.
After the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution, songs became part of the story, as opposed to just entertainments in between comedy scenes.
The person I have admired the most in comedy terms would be Eric Morecambe, who is my total hero.
I think that comedy really tells you how it is. The other thing about comedy is that - you don't even know if you're failing in drama, but you do know when you're failing in comedy. When you go to a comedy and you don't hear anybody laughing, you know that you've failed.
I like that kind of 'straight-faced' comedy. I like to be straight-faced and outrageous.
To listen to your own silence is the key to comedy.
It proved to me, though, that comedy is so much harder.
Comedy is just to me, maybe it's a natural knack, if I can see where the joke is in the writing and I can see where the setup is and I can tell this is the way to make it.
I own four copies of Robin WIlliams's Live on Broadway comedy special for HBO. One in Wilmington, one in L.A., one in my trailer, and one at my parents' house. I can watch it over and over again and it never gets old. He is the funniest, wittiest man on the planet!
Yes, I would say my comedy is grunge, evidenced by the fact my jokes have put an end to big-hair glam comedy.
I was in the Air Force and was a boom operator (in-flight refueling). I got my comedy start in the Air Force.
Comedy is difficult, especially slapstick. The trick is to have fun while you are performing it.
I wear so many disguises on the show that only a real comedy fan might spot me.