If you're a psychologist, you can instrumentally change peoples lives for the better. But you can only do that for about 300 people to maybe a thousand people - if you're really prolific and you're working really hard.
There is no place for a person like me in a world that only takes itself seriously. Satire is so necessary but fairly ineffective.
I think the physical comedy in action sequences is fantastic. Like, '21 Jump Street' did a great job with that.
I'll invent a lie. Ricky Gervais has done anything interesting since 'The Office'. There's a lie right there.
I feel a strong affinity to Ke$ha and Katy Perry and a lot of these women who are really pushing the girl power femme fatale thing. It's fun, and it's unapologetic, and they tell women they can do whatever they want, and that's true, and that's a message that I want to carry, to tell girls they can do whatever they want.
The moment in which you make somebody laugh, you're only doing it to make them laugh and be happy. Then afterward you can be like, 'Oh, I just want the attention. I feel so good that everybody's listening to me and I got the approval that I need.'
I'm a stand-up. I'm never worried about getting my next role. That's never distressing to me.
I actually prefer Twitter as a medium, and I also got into Periscope for a second, but I'm still trying to figure out what to do with it. I can't figure out if the only important thing about it is the live broadcast, or if it's an interesting kind of way to log what you do.
I love mispronunciations. I love when people mispronounce things.
It's much better to wreak havoc on a show and be a maniac than promote myself. Plugs and anecdotes aren't really in line with my beliefs. Besides, if someone sees me on a morning show and thinks, 'That's not funny; this guy is crazy,' then I don't want them to come to the show anyway.
I have a tough time with stand-up because I am an improviser. I can riff; I can do crowd work, so I don't prepare.
I would say that awards are for children. Because children need a tangible representation of their achievement. And as adults, you have to settle for the respect and admiration of your peers.
My father is very dry and very quick-witted, and my mother is very silly. It was the perfect combination because I got an education in physical and verbal comedy.
I acted in high school and studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford for one summer. I minored in theater, and I was always acting growing up, but really, I was just more interested in the comedy of it all.
Unfortunately, in the race to the most douchebaggery, Silicon Valley is fast in gaining on Hollywood. That race is neck and neck.
I wouldn't want to be Superman. Batman would be cool. But the one I've always wanted to play is the Joker. There is a maniacal and dangerous side to me.
By the very nature of satire or parody, you have to love and respect your target and respect it enough to understand every aspect of it, so you can more effectively make fun of it.
I'm interested in morality and mortality, and 'Deadpool' kind of has all of these themes.
Slowly but surely, I went through different phases of fame, and each rises you further into isolation and alienation.
We're not a nation divided: we're a nation broken, and anything broken can be fixed.
I told the Mucinex people, 'You picked me because I always sound sick'. They were like, 'Well, it doesn't hurt'.
I was in 'Goodwin Games,' which was canceled, and a few other things, so I kind of swore off television unless I was writing or producing it.
'Yogi Bear' changed my life in ways that I can't explain because it's not a full feature on me. 'Yogi Bear' - there's everything before 'Yogi Bear,' and there's everything after 'Yogi Bear.' Like a major car accident, or the birth of Christ.
Always remember: My general theme is 'There is no message.' There never has been. Stop trying to find the message or the meaning in everything. That's. My. Theme.
I'm so absolutely pro-Denver. I wrote a fake hip-hop song about Denver. I've been claiming Denver. Part of the joke of the song is nobody was really claiming Denver - no rappers, no comedians.
'Silicon Valley' is a great show. It might be the best comedy on television. And if the Academy feels I have stood out to the point of deserving an award, I won't pawn it.
Sometimes, things need to be so understated on film that I don't even see them as funny, which isn't my favorite style, comedically. When I watch film comedy, I like people that are a little bit more alive on the screen and wound up. I like volatility and unpredictability and other long words like those.
I don't sit and write stand-up material; I come up with an idea onstage.
Effective satire has to be almost identical to the subject that it is skewering.
I care less about selling tickets and getting Twitter followers than I do about making as many people laugh as I can. I'd rather make people laugh than make them know who T.J. Miller is.
There's sketch, improv, writing, acting, music, and badminton. Those are the seven forms of comedy.
'Extract' was kind of a grown up 'Office Space' in the sense of talking about the ennui of being a successful person in America if you don't have some real passion in your life for something to care about.
If there is one thing that makes me unique, it's that I riff a lot.
Listen to my voice - I sound like I'm permanently congested.
I don't really know how to act that much. I'm quite good at comedy, but it's mostly acting naturally.
I sound like a chain-smoking drag queen after a hard night of singing 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon'.
I can't stand Snapchat, but that will be extinct before it is relevant.
I do like the idea of being an auteur in the sense of writing and being in your own stuff.
I've stated that it's possible the only reason I'm in show business is that I have such a strange, particular head of hair. That, and I can grow a red beard.
My father always said I have a face for radio, and 'Cloverfield' was one of my finest pieces of work.
I consider everybody who takes themselves seriously to be a little bit off. And Silicon Valley seems to be the most effusive about how important their contributions are to society.