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As a culture I see us as presently deprived of subtleties. The music is loud, the anger is elevated, sex seems lacking in sweetness and privacy.
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As much experience, education and awareness as one can attain is important for a comedian.
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But, let's face it, I'm a Chicago boy.
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Haven't I told you that it is the dream of every Jewish father that his daughter will someday marry a Southern Baptist?
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However, if I do not free associate, how on earth do I come up with material? Much of my performance is improvised.
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I am a member of the Friar's Club.
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I am careful with my material and presentation.
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I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing, Literary and Dramatic.
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I am presently in my thirteenth year of teaching a graduate course at the University of Southern California.
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I believe it is important for comedians to know who came before them.
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I developed several comedy phone calls.
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I quit smoking well over twenty years ago.
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I was an actor before becoming a comedian.
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I was very aware of my predecessors in the comedy field. There were many, many I respected and admired; too many to name here.
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I will always love to perform standup comedy.
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If I give an audience something to think about, swell, but my primary task is give people laughter in the best possible way.
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In fact I believe comedians should know just about everything that came before them.
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Incidentally, I'm still looking for acting work, my first love.
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Inside was the second LP album of a comedian's performance before an audience.
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My first job was at a Chicago night club called Mr. Kelly's.
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My whole act is confession.
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Outside came in '60. The Edge in '61. All three made Gold, but the biggest seller was Inside.
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Since all my material was (and mostly still is) originally improvised, I had no written copies of my routines.
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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.
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Some comedians, somewhere along the line start being called actors because they're acting more than working in one.
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The most memorable performance was my appearance in concert in Carnegie Hall. The first standup to do so.
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The old problems - love, money, security, status, health, etc. - are still here to plague us or please us.
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The Steve Allen Sunday night show had the right to two options after my first performance.
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The writing of material and the execution of it - exactly as playwright and actor - is obviously a creative endeavor.
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Though it sold very well, I hated The Edge.
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Today's audiences are different only insomuch as today's people are different, and I do not think today's people are substantially different.
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Unquestionably, standup comedy is and has always been an art form.
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While in New York, struggling for a theatrical career, I started writing sketches, free-lance, for the Steve Allen Tonight Show.
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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.
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