I think that if people are instructed about anything it should be about the nature of cruelty. And about why people behave so cruelly to each other. And what kind of satisfactions they derive from it. And why there is always a cost and a price to be paid.
I have to have a character worth caring about. I tend not to start writing books about people I don’t have a lot of sympathy for because I’m just going to be with them too long.
I don’t think there’s a shortage of material in the world. Or in my head. I just pray for continued good health because I’ve got other stories to tell.
HBO is really famous for hiring good people and staying out of their way until they ask for help or need it. And that reputation is earned.
About 15 years ago I went though a period of a year or so when I just couldn’t find anything good. My wife noticed I was having trouble reading menus. I bought some cheap reading glasses in a drug store. I got home and suddenly all these books that weren’t good were good.
If you work at comedy too laboriously you can kill what’s funny in the joke.
People often ask me how I make things funny. I don’t make things funny.
At the risk of appearing disingenuous I don’t really think of myself as ‘writing humor.’ I’m simply reporting on the world I observe which is frequently hilarious.
I never worry about people not taking my work seriously as a result of the humor. In the end the comic’s best trick is the illusion that comedy is effortless. That people imagine what he’s doing is easy is an occupational hazard.