The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence. Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don’t know why every person out there isn’t dating a writer.
When you wrap up your self-worth with your talent, and suddenly you might not be the most talented, that’s really scary. And I think that fear is in part why I turned to comedy because I had no expectations of being a comedian. It was exciting to get good at something where I wasn’t afraid of not being the best.
If I could create my own utopia, it would be this genderless world where we didn’t have to talk about it.
That quality is what makes women great collaborators; we understand it’s a team effort. Even if it comes from society telling us to be polite.
If you let love solve everything for you, you have a lot of problems.
There is so much more to me than my parts and what I wear, what my clothes are.
It feels like being a woman now gives you a slight advantage.
Men aren’t actively writing women to oppress them, men are writing what they know. I say you can be much better as a woman for women’s rights if you just go up there and write your own material.
Sometimes I write music, sometimes I don’t. I think I’m just writing more what’s close to my heart, and musical stuff is close to my heart, and it’s fun to write, and when something’s fun to write you don’t think about what statement you’re trying to make or what genre you’re trying to hone in on.
I was bullied a lot in middle school, and my bullies have since all apologized.
‘YOU AREN’T TALENTED’ – it cuts right to the fear of every artist.
You see so many of these empowering songs where a woman saying, you know, I’m going to go out, I’m going to wear high heels, you know, short skirt or whatever. But the high heels are quite uncomfortable, and so how good about yourself are you really feeling walking out in high heels?
I didn’t have a sense of how to dress. I still don’t really, but, like, back then, I truly had no sense of how to dress because I wanted to be a tomboy – I thought I was a tomboy, but secretly wanted to be girly, but didn’t know the first thing about making myself girly. So I ended up like wearing just like sweatpants to school with, like, long T-shirts that I got on family vacations. And it was just weird.
When you’re an only child, you get very used to pleasing the adults around you.
I think I have learned to really get out of the mathematical side of myself that looks at story and story structure and go with, “Okay, well, what would people do in real life?”
I love acting. I’m actually a very emotional actor.
I’ll tell you anything about myself. I will show you my bare butthole.
Now women in comedy is a trendy topic, and people are hungering for women’s voices in a way that they haven’t before.
I loved musicals, love them still. But also, I’m really inspired by comedy music.
My grandpa was an amateur stand-up comic when I was growing up. … He’d have me come up onstage with him to deliver a punch line: ‘Why is your nose in the middle of your face?’ ‘Because it’s the scenter.’
One of the ways that my show has been most successful is when it’s dealing with women’s issues, like Spanx and plucking and having heavy tits. That’s why it feels like, creatively, an advantage.
Being good at fashion and beauty and girly stuff has been such a point of insecurity for me; I’m not good at coming up with jokes that make fun of other people for that, because I don’t feel like I have a mastery of it myself.
Women are very funny. Some of the funniest people I can think of are women.
As a young girl, if you do something funny – especially if you’re Jewish – someone says, ‘Oh, have you seen Gilda Radner?’