I am somehow allowed by the universe to do exactly what I want to do to make a living.
I don’t want to make it a hard, fast rule, but it’s surprising how many ‘fun for the whole family’ acts are real scumbags. The people that confess they’re scumbags on stage are generally really great people. They’re more honest with the audience with who they are.
I know what I like, and I’m not trying to adapt to new things.
I like to challenge myself not to be negative, because it’s easy to take comedy to a negative place and criticize the outside world. Trying to praise something through comedy or be appreciative and making jokes about it is more challenging than cutting things down.
I now get to have the life I wanted when I was 18 years old. Now, I’m like, ‘I can buy any skateboard I want.’
I still love a well-crafted joke. Twitter’s been great for that.
I think I told my parents I wanted to be a writer, just so they’d kind of think I had some direction in life. It made it easier to pick out classes at college, like, ‘Oh, this is writing classes, that’s what I’m doing.’
I think the problems with comedians that are political, and there are some brilliant ones, are the ones that offer no solutions. Not that there’s a moral obligation for a comic to fix things, but I like to see a comic that’s upset about something and offer a solution. It can be a funny solution. I like to see the thought process.
I try to stay away from calling people nerds or whatever, because I’ve got my own fetishes and interests.
I was raised Catholic in the Midwest, so I can’t enjoy anything.
I’m glad I’m a comedian. Otherwise, my life would just be a series of undocumented low points.
I’m hardly a known name, but I don’t want to go, like, ‘Oh, people call me a storyteller comedian, let me just go up and just talk about my day.’ I don’t want that to happen.
In 2007, I had on-paper success. I got to go to that Aspen comedy festival, which was pretty exclusive, I guess. Then I did Carson Daly. That was enough validation.
My theory on politics is no one really knows how it works, so I choose not to comment on stuff too outside of my league.
Nobody mountain bikes anymore – or ever did – in comedy, so I have to go by myself.
Sometimes I realize halfway through a story, I’m like, ‘Why would anyone care about this? It’s uninteresting.’
Sometimes your dreams come true, and it’s a real drag.
The category I come closest to is ‘lumberjack hipster.’
The exciting part about life is finding out what you can’t do, because you don’t find out until you try to do something and you’re stopped.
The time that I have on this earth should just be filled with good times.
When I lived in Chicago, I didn’t like it. It’s nice to visit.
Young writers take themselves very seriously in college.