If you've never met a student from the University of Chicago, I'll describe him to you. If you give him a glass of water, he says, This is a glass of water. But is it a glass of water? And if it is a glass of water, why is it a glass of water? And eventually he dies of thirst.
Few, very few, will ever be able to craft a joke as beautifully as Pat. He was able to just make it all happen. I don't think he was great at telling them, but he was sure great at putting them down.
suddenly, we were moving.
We were sitting watching television, had finished a nice dinner, everything was fine. Other people were in serious trouble. Then suddenly, we were moving
It's great conversation. In the industry, it's great talk
one of the greatest humorists of the last half-century.
I was concerned about We'll follow you,' I bit. I insisted on the right to approve the rough cut. So there I was, safe, everything fine
If I asked for a (stage) light, it was not an ask but a demand. If I demanded, I was having a fit
When he was sitting with you, would he be witty? No
How do you tell how a man has been funny? How do you do the sound of his voice? The turn of his face? But I will tell you he was as funny as any man I've ever seen.
So that this thing that aired in 1963 would result a few years later in personal bankruptcy, would result in having people be on edge with me, wondering when I'm going to blow up.
The old problems - love, money, security, status, health, etc. - are still here to plague us or please us.
Unquestionably, standup comedy is and has always been an art form.
As much experience, education and awareness as one can attain is important for a comedian.
While you're improvising, you may come up with something which will break him up. As soon as that smile comes out, you know that, hey, we're having fun.