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The more you do stuff, the better you get at dealing with how you still fail at it a lot of the time.
Ill book a ticket on some garbage airline. I dont wanna name an actual airline so lets make one up, lets just call it like Delta Airlines
I was always the squarest person in the cool room, and alternatively, sometimes the weirder person at the mainstream table.
Why do people shush animals? Theyve never spoken
I have a lot of stories about being a kid because it was the last time I was interesting.
I'm a very lucky person. I'm an idiot, and I've shoveled through life rather nicely so far, so I don't feel like I deserve good treatment.
If you’re comparing the badness of two words and you won’t even say one of them [the n-word], that’s the worse word.
All my money is in a savings account. My dad has explained the stock market to me maybe 75 times. I still don't understand it.
I plan to join the 'SNL' band as a maraca player and stand behind saxophonist Lenny Pickett. That way they will at least cut to me before commercial breaks. I'll be sure to look right into camera.
I like when things are crazy. Something good comes out of exhaustion.
Comfort is everything. You start doing something and you want it to be perfect right away, but most babies are born ugly and then they shake it out and you get beautiful toddlers.
I like making fun of myself a lot. I like being made fun of, too. I've always enjoyed it. There's just something really, really funny about someone tearing into me.
I kind of thought, wouldn't it be funny to take a swing at being on the weird side of mainstream?
Stand-up for me is just my opinions on things, so it wouldnt be as fun translated into a sketch. Nor would a sketch be as fun if it were me standing there saying it.
Being president looks like the worst job in the world.
You can't always see both sides of the story. Eventually, you have to pick a side and stick with it. No more equivocating. You have to commit.
Things have to be funny first, and if they want to have a point, that's awesome.
I'm a very straightforward person. But that's fine for a comedian. Because a lot of times you're talking about everyone else.
I definitely look like a toddler. I feel comfortable and I have a lot of fun out there [John Mulaney Show]. And if I were to be extremely egotistical, I'd say I got a tiny bit better.
Things don't exist until they exist.
I remember writing standup jokes without having done sets. But as soon as I did my first set, it didn't matter. Everything I thought would work didn't work. And everything I was iffy on was funny.
People having expectations maybe means they've enjoyed what I've done.
In every case, I find pre-planning noble, but not always that useful in comedy. You know comedy once you're doing it.
It was funny to be an emcee, because you're so at the mercy of the club. You can show up for the weekend hoping to get the $400 - and get fired. I had to prank whoever they told me to prank.
I've done festivals in the past where I'd be a guest, it was like, Wow, maybe someday I could play Town Hall - but that'll be a long way off. So it's very exciting.
I like that idea that what I do might be mainstream. Might be.
There are a lot of great jokes you can sit down and write, but that's just a written joke, versus the comedy of the situation. Ideally, you're pulling as much comedy out of the situation as you can.
Understudies don't normally get invited to openings.
I do longer runs on things, a lot stories. I really like one-liners, I like a lot of different kinds of standup but I've always been long-winded.
You all have a relative who is an expert even though they really don't know what they're talking about.
I had a lot of fun writing things that died during dress rehearsal. Sometimes I remember the crazy ones that died even more fondly than the ones that did really well.
Having done stand-up on television and in stand-up specials for like Comedy Central, you learn quickly that for that type of performance you're playing to the camera.
Everyone's very relaxed about brand names in television.
I always wanted it to be multi-cam from the beginning. In the first seeds of the idea, I wanted a live audience, multi-cam show. That was very important for me.
I wish I could go tell 12-year-old me like I don't worry that you just fainted in front of all the girls, one day you'll be able to make this into an episode of TV.
Maybe I just have high self-esteem, but I have a lot that I really enjoy.
As I got into high school and after puberty, I was a little more inward. I was a real extrovert when I was little, but I don't know, I just got quieter With my friends, I was still an extrovert.
Part of standup is being loose and having a good time yourself and that translates to the audience.
With the first episode [of John Mulaney Show] I tell a story that happened to me accidentally chasing a woman down the subway.
I have tons of jokes with moments in them over the years in stand-up that don't get a laugh but I love them so they stay.
On Friday night, it was fun [to know] that if you bombed, or whatever was going on, that you'd be on TV at 11. It was a cool feeling, and you'd get a couple hundred dollars.
If something is very, very funny but possibly controversial, if it's truly funny, then it's worth doing. Things aren't worth doing for the sake of being controversial.
An episode that is near and dear to my heart is the entire cast in one room for the night because we get bed bugs in our apartment building so we have to stay with Martin Short.
It's really fun to be writing and producing your own sketches. You almost have more control.
My standup persona is like I'll heighten things, but I'm observing the world as it is in sort of a heightened emotional state.
You can do good work simply staying up all night and eating nothing but junk food, but probably not in the long term.
Traveling can get kind of lonely sometimes, er… no, not traveling. What is the word? Life. Life can get kind of lonely.