"Being gloomy is easier than being cheerful. Anybody can say "I've got cancer" and get a rise out of a crowd. But how many of us can do five minutes of good stand-up comedy?"
— P.J. O'Rouke, All The Trouble In The World.
'"It’s so weird. One of the things that Rick [Berman] and I agreed on all the time was Rick would read these comedic episodes and he’d say, 'This is great. This is so funny. It’s so funny on the page, but they’re not going to play it, are they?'"
"Comedy is pure: If the audience laughs, it works; if it doesn't laugh, it doesn't work. End of discussion. That's why critics hate comedy; there's nothing to say."
And if you're in comedy filmmaking to begin with, artistic integrity is a relative value easy to disregard.
"I know this is going to sound very self-serving, and I apologize for it, but if you can write comedy, you can write anything, because it's the hardest. It's the most technically demanding, the most precisely evaluated form of writing. People know if it works or not. There's a big button marked 'FAIL', and that's when nobody laughs."
"I've never been tempted to do the part where I cry or get AIDS or save some people from a concentration camp just to get good reviews. I genuinely believe that comedy acting, light comedy acting, is as hard as, if not harder than serious acting, and it genuinely doesn’t bother me that all the prizes and the good reviews automatically by knee-jerk reaction go to the deepest, darkest, most serious performances and parts. It makes me laugh.