Todd Barry Quotes

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In a way, I think Roxy Music is high camp, in a brilliant way. open_in_new

I love serial drama. open_in_new

I think camp is a really fascinating thing, and it's hard to define and hard to apply consciously. It's almost something you take from material that's already existed in the world, a reading of the world. But I think it speaks of a long tradition of gay reading of the world, before gays were allowed to be visible. open_in_new

I'm a lover of cinema, and I don't want that to completely expire. open_in_new

I was lucky enough to be exposed to film, art, literature, culture, and then told, 'Yes, you can do that, too.' It's not something that everybody's circumstances allow for. open_in_new

With 'Poison,' I'm sure some people just hated the movie, but it also got caught up into a debate about arts funding because it was a film that received a National Endowment for the Arts Public Grant, and it won the prize at the Sundance Film Festival. open_in_new

I came out of a sort of experimental background, and I didn't ever really expect - or even desire - a career as a feature filmmaker. open_in_new

I got access to a private tour of the zoo. I got to go in a cage with a koala, which I highly recommend. open_in_new

I basically did comedy there for about a year, and then moved to New York. If I had it to do over again, I would have booked myself on the road for at least a year. open_in_new

I mean, I guess I realized subconsciously that this is what I should be doing before I realized it, consciously. Verbally, I don't think I had committed to it, even though I was driving everywhere, every night, just trying to get on stage. open_in_new

I used to write things out beforehand. But sometimes it backfires. open_in_new

I'd rather send out a mass email then hang posters all over the place. open_in_new

I liked the koala, wallaby, and I chilled with a kangaroo a bit. There was a wombat that I quite enjoyed also. open_in_new

I don't feel I'm even worthy of a normal amount of value. open_in_new

I mean, I guess I started during the comedy boom, so it was literally like, on Sunday you could decide you wanted to be a comic, and on Monday, you could be on stage. open_in_new

I want to release another CD this year, finish writing a screenplay, and make another short film. open_in_new

If I'm at a party and someone puts on a Blues Brothers tape, I tend to go nuts. open_in_new

My sister sometimes does a Todd Barry tribute act. open_in_new

People don't understand that that's really what it is. They're looking for a magic phone number or something. And to a certain extent, I understand that, because comedy is treated so much as a stepping stone by a lot of people. open_in_new

I guess there seems to be clubs opening up again, which is strange. open_in_new

I mean, I've always had scattered interests, but I never went on stage to get an agent or anything like that. open_in_new

I was probably just trying to be Dennis Miller, but without the vocabulary to actually be Dennis Miller. I guess I was just less interesting than I am now, if I am interesting at all. open_in_new

If you see me at a restaurant, blow me a kiss, wave, blow me another kiss, then walk five steps backward. open_in_new

I am the the type to have a personal experience with a celebrity, but I'm too classy to bring that up. open_in_new

There's people that are just in awe of what you do, and then there are people who just think it's garbage. And I think there are people who are just uncomfortable seeing someone have fun with their job. open_in_new

I had some friends that tried it down there, and I went to a couple of open mics, and I just kind of got this... this sick urge to try it instead of just watching it. open_in_new

I mean, I've had bartenders and waiters and waitresses make a comment about a joke of mine, like pointing out some sort of logic error or something that I've never even thought about, and they're right. open_in_new

I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be when I started. open_in_new

Only lately, like within the last few years, have I had people actually do an impression of me to me, which weirds me out to think of what they have picked up on, without ever realizing it myself. open_in_new

And the goal really is to make the audience laugh, to bring them some joy. open_in_new

I love chicken. I would eat chicken fingers on Thanksgiving if it were socially acceptable. open_in_new

I thought they may have presumed too much knowledge of certain things for people who are not comedians. Like Montreal. A comic understands what it is and its importance, but someone else may not know about it. open_in_new

I would call it a comedy variety show. We have some people just doing straight standup. We usually try to have one musical act of sort. So its just people being funny in different ways, not just sketch, not just standup, not just characters, all of those things. open_in_new

There seems to be more comedy for comedy's sake. open_in_new

I've never been a TV junkie. I remember watching Letterman way back when he had a morning show. open_in_new

I must have done everything I had. You go through years where you go through everything you've ever written. open_in_new

I don't know any astronauts. There are a lot of people who say they want to be comedians. open_in_new

It was actually 3 years between albums. That seems like a long time to me. open_in_new

Some venues are better run than others. Sometimes it's just maddening to deal with full dinners being served in front of your face. You can have a good or bad show anywhere. open_in_new

I'm particularly proud of my reluctance to share my dreams with anyone. open_in_new

I like pens. My writing is so amazing there's never a need to erase. open_in_new

I did end up doing substitute teaching, but there's not a lot of teaching involved in that. open_in_new

You come there and hang out and have a drink before the show and eat, so it's not that brutal. It's only $6. open_in_new

I'm traveling the world, ripping rooms apart with my stupendous comedy. open_in_new

I loved Australia. I was very successful there. open_in_new

I do not like sports, unless you consider treating all humankind with love and respect a sport. open_in_new

Well, I have since seen you at Tinkle. It's a comedy show started by David Cross, me and Jon Benjamin. It features a wide variety of acts for all tastes and seasons. open_in_new

People in New York love having roof parties. open_in_new

I will not be misquoted! open_in_new

I had temping jobs also. I liked the flexibility. There was no asking for time off; you just didn't work. open_in_new

Buddha, much like everyone else has good and bad days. open_in_new

You always think you're better than you are in the beginning. open_in_new

It's cool to go to a place that has posters up and it's one night only. It feels more special. open_in_new

I once sat next to Jim from Wild Kingdom on a flight from Atlanta. I find mentioning that opens a lot of doors. open_in_new

I don't really know much about pirates, or pirate culture. I'd be a contrarian pirate. open_in_new

Anyone who bombs is my friend. open_in_new

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