I think we’re the only jokeless show on television. I mean really we have no setups and no punch lines. It’s not a joke show. There are funny lines and funny moments but again the comedy is born of the human experience and awkward pauses are a great part of what it is to be human.
I really wanted to do something positive on the Internet. I wanted to try to get young people talking about thinking about life’s big questions-make it cool and OK to wonder about the heart the soul and free will and God and death and big topics like that big human topics.
And I do believe that the way to change a society to uplift people – not just their spirit but to uplift their society and economic base – is through education.
I like being a Baha’i who has an out-there sense of humor. God gives us talents and faculties and making people laugh is one of mine.
I think God has a tremendous sense of humor.
I had bohemian parents in Seattle in the last ’60s living in a houseboat. My dad wrote science fiction novels and painted big murals and oil paintings.
My dad wanted to name me after Rainier Maria Rilke the poet.
My dad was always such a frustrated artist. He always worked very hard to support his family doing a bunch of ridiculous jobs. He wanted to be a painter but then he also wrote science-fiction novels in his spare time.
The founder of the Mona Foundation actually knew my dad for years and the more I learned about it the more I realized I really found the perfect charity. It sponsors schools and educational initiatives all over the planet.
Dwight is a sad clown. You’ve seen those paintings of sad clown.
I know what I look like – a weird sad clown puppet. I’m fine with that.