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Born: 1965-09-13
Profession: Comedian
Nation: American
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My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were all funny, and I felt that energy, that delivery, that timing, that sarcasm. All that stuff seeped into my brain.

Tags: Brain, Funny, Parents

People are roasting each other at parties, at work events, around the fire. It's so fun. People are busting each other's chops, and it's a sign of affection, truly. It's a true test of love and friendship: can you make a man laugh at himself? So what makes a good burn? Go after targets you love and respect. And hit 'em hard.

Tags: Friendship, Love, Work

People love to see public figures get taken down a notch, and by the same token, everyone loves to be the center of attention, even when there's a target on their forehead.

Tags: Attention, Everyone, Love

There are no subtleties in a war zone. I think that's why comedy does so well there. It goes right for the gut. So those punch lines start penetrating the bullet-proof vests.

Tags: Start, War, Why

When I first started doing these roasts in the mid '90s, they were a lost art, like jousting or calligraphy. But I feel like roasts help tame the room and let off steam... It's like it's all being handled by professionals.

Tags: Art, Help, Lost

With roasting, you've really got to bring your A-game. I hate to admit it, but I probably think and obsess more about the roasts than my own series. Because there's so much attention focused on the roasts. It's like the 'Super Bowl' of comedy. Everybody is going to talk about it. Forever.

Tags: Attention, Hate, Talk

Life is short. You have to be able to laugh at our pain or we never move on.

Tags: Laugh, Life, Pain

Do you want me to apologize after every joke? If it doesn't offend somebody it's probably not a joke. It's probably an observation that's not funny. It's gotta offend somebody somewhere.

Tags: After, Funny, Joke

With everybody having a Facebook and a Twitter, I feel like regular people consider themselves stars. It's a live, real-time upload of every time we buy a pair of socks, the most telling sign that we're losing our politeness. When you know everything about somebody, you can talk to them any way you please.

Tags: Losing, Talk, Time

I've actually tried to roast somebody that I don't like, and it doesn't go well. Either they're a bad sport or I'm not as funny as I could be.

Tags: Actually, Bad, Funny

When I see something that's sensitive, I go, 'You've got to put that out there.' You need to keep the dialogue going and shine a light on the bad guys. If you sweep it under the carpet, people forget about it. People stop talking about it.

Tags: Bad, Forget, Put

Athletes tend to have less of a sense of humor than most people. They are heroes to so many. That might be part of it.

Tags: Humor, Less, Sense

Comedians second-guessing themselves is scary. Poor taste is not a crime and we can't forget that.

Tags: Forget, Poor, Themselves

Humor that is edgy is never squeaky clean.

Tags: Clean, Edgy, Humor

I don't think you cross the line - I think you move the line.

Tags: Cross, Line, Move

I'm a big fan of Courtney Love. I love Hole and I love her acting and I love her attitude. I just hope I never meet her in a dark alley.

Tags: Attitude, Hope, Love

I'm not hurting anybody. Comedy's all about innuendo. I'm putting it out there just like anybody else.

Tags: Comedy, Else, Hurting

If you keep looking backwards, you don't go anywhere.

Tags: Anywhere, Keep, Looking

It's up to comedians to shine the light on what's wrong in the world, and we don't want things swept under the rug.

Tags: Light, Shine, Wrong

Nobody likes a bad sport, no matter what the circumstances are.

Tags: Bad, Matter, Nobody

Occasionally a roast master needs to get out of Dodge.

Tags: Dodge, Master, Needs

When I see a good singer, I get teary-eyed. Part of it is jealousy because all comedians are frustrated rock stars. That's a fact.

Tags: Good, Jealousy, Rock

You don't mess with Oprah. She has enough money in her left pocket to have me killed.

Tags: Enough, Her, Money
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As soon as a roast is announced, I get everybody - family, friends, waitresses, cab drivers - giving me jokes about the person getting roasted. I'm the mouthpiece for the masses.

Tags: Family, Friends, Giving

Bad taste is not illegal. I always got my first laughs as a kid by saying inappropriate things. That's always how we're going to get our laughs as comics.

Tags: Bad, Kid, Saying

Could you imagine me and the roasters taking on the GOP field? It would be the greatest show ever. Prove that you can take a joke. Prove that you're a man or woman of the people. Prove that you're not above criticism even in the form of a backhanded compliment.

Tags: Greatest, Show, Woman

I think comics should test people, I think it's our job to go too far. That way we know as a society what too far is. Where else are you going to hear it?

Tags: Else, Job, Society

I think it's important for comedians to do our little part. I don't do it carelessly. I do it thoughtfully. I don't try to just shock. I try to make a statement.

Tags: Shock, Statement, Try

I think Jersey stands alone, and because I'm from Jersey, I never make fun of where people are from. I'll make fun of what they look like, but I'll never make fun of where they are from. Jersey is special.

Tags: Alone, Fun, Special

I was the kid who always hung back and then dropped the jokes when you least expected it. Timing was everything. My mouth sort of developed over time.

Tags: Jokes, Kid, Time

Most people, when they think of an insult, they keep it to themselves. But you wouldn't believe the things people say on my Twitter feed, and I'm a nice guy. Imagine if I was a jerk.

Tags: Insult, Keep, Nice

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how many people remember you when you die.

Tags: Die, Remember, Win

Fortunately, this is not something that we see a lot of. Very rarely do you see a dog in this terrible shape from starvation. People just aren't that cruel.

Tags: Cruel, Dog, Terrible
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