I look at every book as a self-help book.
As a performer you are being used to keep people watching so the commercial endorsements that support the network can be seen by as many people as possible.
Comedy is obviously a matter of personal taste and the world always needs a clown and some people have no taste at all and any clown will do.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you look up and realize that you're one of those people you see on the train talking to themselves?
I didn't know that people compared Bill Hicks and I but certainly I'm flattered if they do. I knew Bill a bit. We had dinner a couple of times and played guitar together once. I really tried to keep my distance from him professionally.
It seems people are more willing to let other people control their minds now and recreational drug use doesn't seem to have that same renegade sense of adventure that it once did.
I think seeing Pryor's first movie, Live In Concert, when I was in high school changed my life. Pryor really put the heart in darkness for me.
Is it hard to make a living in show business? Yeah.
Show business is one of the few businesses that the devil will actually agree to own just a portion of your soul because he knows if you have a performer's ego you were probably working for him all along.
It may have lost its special-ness forever and the clubs might not being doing well but I think standup is in the best shape it has been in a long time.
The bile makes it better. I am an information wasting machine - 100s of words a day.
We need the children of Indonesia and the Philippines to manufacture our freedom of choice.
The development of the comedy club industry destroyed the uniqueness and intimacy of the profession but it also created jobs for comics and bred some great performers.
Left wing, right wing, I am wingless and tired of trying to fly. Here comes the ground.
On some level any appearance on Television can be seen as a product endorsement.