Zach Woods Quotes

I would love to do a drama. I did a couple of episodes of The Good Wife, which is more of a drama. I really liked that; I thought it was interesting. A lot of my favorite comedies play out as dramas.

We went to Comic-Con and there were people dressed up as the characters. There’s a whole canon of Ninjago history that I didn’t even know about until the process of making the movie had started. Especially at Comic-Con, I realized that people really, really care about this, and I hope they like it because it’s meaningful to them. It did actually change my feelings about it.

I’d like to be able to do complex math in my head. Any kind of adversity and I become very anxious, but if you’re a robot, you have good equilibrium. I wish I was cooler under pressure, like a robot.

A lot of times the movies I think are the funniest are dramas. I feel like dramas are so much funnier because they’re actually capturing human beings. Humans are so weird and clumsy, and that, to me, often makes me laugh more.

Steven Spielberg name is synonymous with Hollywood. You sometimes meet people who revel in their own mythology, and he doesn’t feel like that, at all. He’s very approachable, accessible and sweet. Even if he wasn’t, I’d have to say that because the man runs everything.

I think I gravitate towards characters who are slight outsiders. It’s fun to play a character that wants so badly to be included in the normal activities of teenage life, but lacks the literal hardware to do it.

It’s always fun to improvise. What’s weird is that when you’re recording, you’re by yourself, for the most part.

The days that you record by yourself, you feel like a crazy person because you’re saying the same line, 10 different ways, or they ask you for 10 different grunting sounds and you just feel like such a schmuck. It’s crazy! When there’s other people there, it tethers you to something, in a nice way.

I would rather a sex tape make its way out than a video of me doing all of the different grunt sounds. I’m not eager for a sex tape to leak, but in terms of personal humiliation, I’d feel less vulnerable to be in a Kim Kardashian situation than seeing myself grunting in a booth.

If I was a part of secret ninja group my power would be the power of apology. I would just apologize emphatically and freely. And my mech might just be a phone to send apologetic emails from.

I don’t go to see many comedies anymore, because I guess it feels like another day at the office.

I feel all of the archetypes in Silicon Valley probably exist in some other form in other subcultures.

I really knew almost nothing about Silicon Valley. I read that Steve Jobs book and watched a bunch of documentaries, and read the book about Mark Zuckerberg. I tried to learn some stuff, but there are consultants on the Silicon Valley show that know so much about it where you can get answers. To me, it’s more important to get the particulars about that type of person as opposed to the specifics of the technology world.

When I was a kid my father would read Neil Simon plays with me when I was going to bed, as bedtime stories. All of these old plays like The Odd Couple and Lost in Yonkers – funny but corny plays about Jewish New Yorkers in the mid-20th century.

I remember as a child listening to comedic musicals and thinking they were a real riot. I had pretty questionable taste in comedy.

For the first actual comedy-comedy I did, I took a comedy class in New York, which was full of slightly unhinged people. It was a pretty depressing crowd, very angry and strange people. But then I took a class at the Upright Citizens Brigade and I loved those people.

When I was a kid I wanted to be a musician. I used to play the trumpet. I practiced all the time, but I got braces and I couldn’t play it anymore, so I had all of this free time.

My brother, who’s a few years older then me, went to college in New York. He said all of these people from Saturday Night Live do improv together in Upright Citizens Brigade, and I thought, “Oh, that sounds really cool.” So when I got braces and couldn’t play music anymore, I said to my parents that I wanted to go to New York and take a class at that place. They were remarkably on board with it. I got on the train, went up, took a class and I loved it.

I actually really liked teaching. I started teaching at UCB when I was in college. I would get someone to fill out an internship form or something so I would get the credit. But why did I start teaching? I loved it. I loved doing improv and loved UCB and wanted to be a part of that world and that community.

There’s some boring advice for improvisers beginning their careers like “see as much of it as you can and do as much of it as you can.” Volume, in a way, is the most important thing. Not, like, decibel volume – just immerse yourself in it as much as possible. I’d also suggest that you put a high value on your personal interests and tastes.

I think sometimes when people start doing improv there’s some regression towards trying to replicate the “good” improvisers that they’ve read about in their improv books or heard about from their teachers. That’s understandable, because they’re trying to learn technique and stuff, but I actually think that my favorite performers are ones who have unique improv technique but also have a unique point of view that you can feel with them and their performances.

As I get older, I think I’m more interested in comedy that doesn’t take cheap shots. But I watched some of that Justin Bieber “roast” and I thought it was hilarious.

This is going to sound pretentious, but I like comedy that addresses something I find either worrisome or interesting in my life. I like Louis C.K.’s stuff or Bill Burr’s stuff. I feel like there’s comedy where someone will think of something that they think will work comedically, and then they reverse engineer that point of view so they can say that funny thing. The comedians I like, it could be an allusion, but it feels like their point of view comes first and then the jokes are a reflection of what they actually believe, or are frightened of, or are curious about, or are interested in.

I remember the first joke that I made, which went over terribly. I was at my cousin’s birthday party in Brooklyn. I was a little kid and she was a little older. They were going around introducing themselves; I was probably four, and I was very eager to impress all of these older New York kids. They went down the line and were like, “I’m Jake,” “I’m Jane,” “I’m Silvia,” and I said, “I’m hungry,” because I thought that was really going to bring the house down.