I'm not really a self-promoter-type person.
Remember, MTV would only show white videos for a long time. Can you imagine that? That was the '80s when that happened. It's hard to even think of that now, you know?
Sometimes I'm successful, and sometimes I'm not, but I don't mind going down trying.
I love the word 'dearth,' by the way. It's one of my favorite words.
I didn't get into comedy to talk about violent death all the time.
My parents are from the Midwest. They're from Evanston, Illinois. They moved out to Los Angeles right before I was born.
All writers have a love-hate relationship with writing. Performing is fun, too, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite. But the most fulfilling is producing.
I'm not the type of person to have a schadenfreude.
If you look at somebody like Sam Bee, she got to create her own thing without any expectations that there was a show there. That was probably liberating for them.
As a culture, we've all agreed with the opinion that the world should be seen in a certain way, so at 'The Nightly Show,' our chief mission was to disagree with that premise. And to see the world in a way that may not make everybody comfortable. And to present it with a cast of people who don't always get to have a voice on that.
When you have somebody like a Donald Trump - he made no bones about trying to disprove Barack Obama's Americanism in trying to make him out to be some foreigner that was born in Kenya. I thought that to be very racist.
Some things are so tragic that you don't know what's funny in it, and some things are so ridiculous you don't know if it's worth talking about it.
I have a lot of passion for a lot of different things.
I really love having conversations and deconstructing things. I don't mind not having a laugh every second. Sometimes things deserve a little more discussion, and then you can have some fun after that.
I'm too tired most of the time. Why do I have to take a stand on everything? Sometimes, I'm just not mad at it.
The first show I worked on was 'In Living Color.' I think 'The Daily Show' was the culmination of having that point of view - being able to look at this third rail in our society.
I always said I'm not disappointed with Obama because I voted for him because he was black, and as long as he kept being black, I was a happy man.
I was an athlete, so I hung out with the jocks. I was smart, so I hung out with the nerdy kids. I was also into theater, so I hung out with the misfits... So I was always in different groups, and those groups never quite overlapped. The racial part of it was just another one of those groups, in one sense.
Any voting group has an interest that they want from politicians. That's why politicians have to talk to different people. But to reduce the black interest to free stuff is so insulting. It just makes me apoplectic.
Many times, when you do what I do or work in journalism in general, people try to not explicitly present their opinions on topics.
When you're taking chances, you know it's not going to please everybody.