Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.
We want to get people laughing; we don't want to offend anybody.
I know how to make it a great musical. I've got to. It's like I've got to see it on stage.
I'm rather secular. I'm basically Jewish. But I think I'm Jewish not because of the Jewish religion at all.
If you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.
Dom DeLuise was a big man in every way. He was big in size and created big laughter and joy.
All short women have a delayed fuse. Marry a taller woman: My wife was an inch or two taller than me; it's a sign of security.
Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.
Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.
I was a soldier in WWII. The last couple of months of the war I was actually in combat.
If presidents can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.
Judd Apatow is pretty good, both as a producer and as a director.
When you come to Germany as a Jew you have an uneasy feeling, but I've always felt okay in Berlin.
I'll accept bad taste in a minute, as long as there's some great comedy minds and performances.
Well, you know, 'Spaceballs' is a weird combination, because it's a simple, sweet little fairytale, and it's crazy and out-there and making fun of and taking apart sci-fi, 'Star Wars', and 'Star Trek'.
If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win.
A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.
You're always a little disappointing in person because you can't be the edited essence of yourself.
Oh, I'm not a true genius. I'm a near genius. I would say I'm a short genius. I'd rather be tall and normal than a short genius.
Everything starts with writing. And then to support your vision, your ideas, your philosophy, your jokes, whatever, you've gotta perform them and/or direct them, or sometimes just produce them.
If Shaw and Einstein couldn't beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none.
I don't believe in this business of being behind, better to be in front.
Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
I'm still a horse that can run. I may not be able to win the Derby, but what do you do when you retire? People retire and they vegetate. They go away and they dry up.
Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive.
These men both publicly and privately have done so much for me. Without Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick I would be living in a little motel just around the corner here, trying to make ends meet.
Well, just being stupid and politically incorrect doesn't work. You can be politically incorrect if you're smart.
As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.
The brilliance of Max Brooks is that he always quotes authorities at the back of his books that never existed. Like a Russian professor he made up that validates a story or character.
There's an army story in me, and I think there's a WWII Brooks film somewhere.