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Being famous is great, it’s not like bad or horrible or anything.
– Dave Chappelle
I’ve been a comedian since I was fourteen. But I’ve never really been a CEO.
I love my jokes.
Stand-up is the kind of gig that’ll show you where you’re at.
The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive.
I don’t want the money. I don’t want the drama. I just want to do my show. I want to have fun again.
The world can’t tell you who you are. You’ve just got to figure out who you are and be there, for better or worse.
After a while, a joke, if you say it too much, just becomes contrived, or fake-sounding.
If you don’t have the right people around you and you’re moving at a million miles an hour you can lose yourself.
The only thing harder than leaving show business is coming back.
The hardest thing to do is to be true to yourself, especially when everybody is watching.
You know you must be doing something right if old people like you.
I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds.
I’m cool with failing so long as I know that there are people around me that love me unconditionally.
I just always loved stand-up. It’s like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that… I don’t know, it’s just like magic.
I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.
I’m famous today. People like me today. Might not like me tomorrow. You can’t count on it.
If I put forth a legitimate effort, then I feel like, if that doesn’t work out, that’s all I can do.
There’s something about doing stand-up that’s cathartic.
You can’t get unfamous. You can get infamous but you can’t get unfamous.
When I’m on stage, I get real happy there. Maybe that’s the only time in my adult life I feel like myself.
I think extreme sports are really good for relieving stress.
I was doing sketches that were funny but socially irresponsible. I felt I was deliberately being encouraged and I was overwhelmed.
People don’t know what it’s like standing up there onstage, when you have a wall of people smiling at you.
I’m an introspective dude.
I got real important relationships in my life that are very empowering relationships.
I enjoy my own thoughts sometimes.
Every black American is bilingual. All of them. We speak street vernacular and we speak ‘job interview.’
Comedy is a very approval-oriented field.
I want to tell my jokes. I want to have time with my children. I want to entertain people. And at one point, I’ll walk away from show business. But I don’t want to walk away empty-handed.