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A lot of stand-up comedy is embarrassing: too many idiots doing it in orange neckties against brick walls. I find most sitcoms embarrassing, too, because they seem so forced.

Tracey Ullman

An M.P. once suggested I be put in the Tower of London for saying derogatory things about the royals. There’s no First Amendment in my country.

Tracey Ullman

As I get older, I just prefer to knit.

Tracey Ullman

As you get older, you realize it’s work. It’s that fine line between love and companionship. But passionate love? I’d love to know how to make that last.

Tracey Ullman

Every character I do is based on someone I know.

Tracey Ullman

Great pressure is put on kids who don’t have dads to get out and make money, and make life easier for everybody. It was always, ‘Hurry up, grow up, make money, there’s no man to do it for us.’

Tracey Ullman

I became an American in 2006. It got me thinking about what is my America and what’s my perception of America.

Tracey Ullman

I don’t get very involved in the L.A. scene. When you do get invited out, you are expected to be on all the time. It’s just wearying.

Tracey Ullman

I don’t see myself as a stand-up comic doing cynical, mean-spirited or disrespectful stuff. I’m very aware that I don’t like to disrespect people too much.

Tracey Ullman

I grew up with Jilly and Tamsin driving Volvos. But I wasn’t one of them… I always felt more comfortable with Cockney and working-class people. My heroes were the Beatles and people like Michael Caine.

Tracey Ullman

I hate clowns.

Tracey Ullman

I hope I never get so hard up I have to do advertisements. I’ve gotten ridiculous offers.

Tracey Ullman

I just love to impersonate people, and I impersonate people because I find them fascinating.

Tracey Ullman

I just want to do good work.

Tracey Ullman

I like being the odd one out in L.A. Because if you conform, you become something you hate. I love being the odd one out. It’s not about ‘Look at me! Look at me!’ It’s about really becoming someone else.

Tracey Ullman

I like going to France, because no one knows who I am.

Tracey Ullman

I like infomercials.

Tracey Ullman

I love documentaries, I like observing real people.

Tracey Ullman

I love John Waters. There’s stuff in it that’s beyond the boundaries of my taste, but his movies have always been like that.

Tracey Ullman

I loved the late Gilda Radner. I love Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin.

Tracey Ullman

I never wanted to do political satire because it seems too surface to me.

Tracey Ullman

I never worked with a dialogue coach before, but I’d hate it if an American did a British accent and didn’t do it well. It would be insulting.

Tracey Ullman

I think serial monogamy says it all.

Tracey Ullman

I used to dress up and impersonate our next-door neighbor, Miss Cox. She wore rubber boots, a wool hat, and her nose always dripped.

Tracey Ullman

I wish I could believe that one person could make a difference.

Tracey Ullman

I worked with Paul McCartney for a while and saw what it does to you to be treated like a god for twenty years.

Tracey Ullman

I’m as famous as I want to be.

Tracey Ullman

I’m fascinated by Bollywood.

Tracey Ullman

I’m not a crazy, party-going sort of person.

Tracey Ullman

I’m not a film snob.

Tracey Ullman

I’m sick of environmentalism.

Tracey Ullman

I’m still that little girl who lisped and sat in the back of the car and threw vegetables at the back of her head when we drove home from the market. That never goes.

Tracey Ullman

I’m usually put off by performers when they get political.

Tracey Ullman

I’ve always been a misfit.

Tracey Ullman

I’ve always gotten a positive reaction to doing African-American characters.

Tracey Ullman

I’ve always had to create my own markets and I’ve always been at a juncture in my career.

Tracey Ullman

I’ve never looked ahead very much in my life. I’ve never had any grand plan from the outset. I had no burning ambition to do what I do.

Tracey Ullman

It makes you more open, it gives you perspective, having a child.

Tracey Ullman

It’s funny – if you impersonate somebody, they have no idea it’s them.

Tracey Ullman

It’s like a woman’s birthright to knit. It’s primal. It’s timeless. You don’t need electricity to knit. You can do it with a candle, girls!

Tracey Ullman

It’s sometimes shocking to find out what people really believe in.

Tracey Ullman

It’s the poignancy and sadness in things that gets to me.

Tracey Ullman

Maybe when I’m 75 and living in the south of France, after everyone I want to bitch about is already dead, then I may want to talk about my life in Hollywood.

Tracey Ullman

My influences were Peter Sellers and the great British character actors.

Tracey Ullman

My mum would like to see me on the cover of ‘Good Housekeeping’ demonstrating children’s toys with some nice lipstick on.

Tracey Ullman

The show I did in England catered to a broad range of people. I like that. I don’t want nouveau cult status, though I know we’ve got that sort of audience in the states.

Tracey Ullman

The working classes in England were always sentimental, and the Irish and Scots and Welsh. The upper-class English are the stiff-upper-lipped ones. And the middle class. They’re the ones who are crippled emotionally because they can’t move up, and they’re desperate not to move down.

Tracey Ullman

There are different types of love, and my love for my child is like me and my mum. We’ve gone through a lot of rocky patches, but we never stop loving.

Tracey Ullman

There were no examples of girls like myself becoming successful actresses. To be an actress in England was a serious, upper-middle class girl’s profession. I just thought I would never be accepted unless I pretended to become somebody I wasn’t.

Tracey Ullman

There’s nothing I won’t attempt.

Tracey Ullman

Why does everyone think the future is space helmets, silver foil, and talking like computers, like a bad episode of Star Trek?

Tracey Ullman

Work is important to me. I want to do things for principle, not just for the sake of doing them.

Tracey Ullman

You become so encapsulated in this world of being a star. People listen to what you say, you have this voice, it becomes unreal and you become far removed from the people you came from.

Tracey Ullman

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