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.

I would consider myself more a passionate centrist.

We had a segment called Tampon Tuesdays that I was very proud of; that was hilarious because there are a lot of women's issues out there that a lot of people don't know about because they're not women, and they don't have to go through them.

Even though you're in charge, you're not completely in ownership. You know, the audience takes a huge ownership of your show. Look at comments about shows and tell me if I'm wrong. Look at shows like 'The Walking Dead' and the ownership that the audience has of that show.

My father was in law enforcement growing up. He was a probation officer. And I've always understood the point of view of the peace officer, you know, because of my dad.

I have a free voice. I have a free mind. I have freedom of expression.

Whenever I did sitcoms, that always happened on your show. Once the show was on the air, it takes on a life of its own. It develops, and it becomes something else.

'The Daily Show,' at its core, is the answer to the nightly news.

In my time, I experienced a black man not being able to be the quarterback of a football team.

It's a challenge to do satire when the thing you're satirizing is almost beyond satire, but I think that's a challenge for everybody.

Police have to have one of the most difficult jobs in society today. But at the same time, I think, a person in that position - their responsibility has to be high as well.

I really love storytelling.

The business part of it can be very vexing. You always have to keep certain metrics and everything. Because all I can do is make a good show.

You never want to defend a joke. People get to choose whether or not to laugh and whether or not they think something is funny.

The last thing I would ever do is try to become a network programmer.

I don't think I ever intend to provoke outrage, but I don't mind being provocative in content.

My white counterparts are always pushing the line, and they are fearless, so why can't I do that, too?

A lot of my family on both sides have worked in education and nursing, and my grandmother was a nurse; my sister is a nurse, and her - my other sister's daughter is going into nursing. There's a lot of that in the family.

It used to be that the black comic figure had to have this bravado and always showed strength.

Writing is the most frustrating, but it's something that I've always done.

I didn't even know how much of a feminist I was, and I realized, 'Oh my God, I was raised by a single mom who had to raise six kids. I have three sisters. Larry, you've been a feminist your whole life, and you really didn't know it until you've been presented with these issues.'

I really don't have a need to be on TV all that much, to be honest with you.

I'd rather go after the people who are the guardians or what we're doing - the news people and the politicians and that sort of thing. I always feel like those should be my targets, not really entertainers. That's just my personal opinion.

You are always, always overwhelmed by positive response because you know it can go either way.

One of the missions of 'The Nightly Show' was to have a conversation with America in a sense, and talk about the things that people didn't want to talk about it.

I do not look to Hollywood to give me character clues.

'Westworld' is bizarre. I don't know what to think of 'Westworld.'

People aren't autonomous creatures. They're under a lot of pressure themselves.

I've pitched many things that have not gone, but every year, I'm in that pilot game like a lot of other writers in Hollywood.