"It’s the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something."
"I think the hardest thing, frankly, as an improviser, is to get to that point where you can live life onstage. Where you can just have a funny, interesting conversation with someone and be able to get up onstage and have that same conversation without it being this weird, hyper comic version of it."
— Amy Poehler
"Stay with it, because all I did was love Gilda Radner so much that I just went and did whatever she did, so go to Improv Olympic, come take UCB classes in New York or Los Angeles or Chicago. Do it all. Just hang in there, and stay in school. And grow your bush out wide, tall, and proud."
— Amy Poehler
"If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery—isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is."
— Bukowski (via msfackitall)
"I had real potential. But my goal was to be… adequate. I didn’t want to be an extraordinary receptionist, because I didn’t ever want to be promoted, or be given more work. My time was really valuable to me. For example, I could type 80 words per minute, but I wouldn’t tell people that, so when my boss would give me work, he would think it’d take two hours, but it would really only take about thirty minutes. So I’d have, like, ninety minutes of fun time. I got it all done, I just did it… real slow."
— Jenna Fischer
"I pride myself on not letting stress get to me that much. Or I’m just not that smart. I certainly don’t overthink things."
— Zach Galifianakis