“Here’s what it is: When I listened to his music, I didn’t feel like a loser. I felt like a character in an epic poem about losers. You felt like there was possibility. That here is a guy who grew up like you grew up and had that same feeling of, “I bet if I just fucking get in the car and drive, there will be an opportunity for something different and better-an opportunity to be something that I want to be.”
“Now you may say to yourself, ‘Oh but Jon, anything they say that isn’t directly transcribed from the tattooed taints of Che Guevara and Marx wouldn’t satisfy you, you leftist, secular, east coast, jewish-ish, avowed reader of people’s taints!’ And that’s fair.”—Jon Stewart
“My friend Anderson Cooper’s still over at CNN and I especially love watching him report from the field. You can always tell how much danger Anderson Cooper’s in by how tight his clothing is. If he’s in the bulky yellow slicker then it’s a hurricane that’s still offshore. If he’s in the kaki vest he’s maybe in the green zone in Baghdad, but when he’s in the child size white t-shirt, bullets are flying, he’s getting punched, he’s pulling kids out of the rubble. So what I’m saying is, if you ever see Anderson Cooper with his shirt off, turn off your television and run.”—Seth Meyers
Interviewer: Sometimes it’s hard to watch other people do something related to what you’ve done.
Chevy Chase: Oh, you mean stealing it? That’s exactly right. It’s not hard. I lose interest. By the way, I like to laugh, and I like to make people laugh, and I think I’m very good at it. I don’t tend to laugh at Jon Stewart or Colbert. I feel much more as if there’s a desperation to their performances, that they are not just naturally funny physical people. Frankly, I tend to see humor as physical. I mean, that could be confusing, but I’m not talking about a pratfall. I’m talking about the much more difficult and smaller fine point of physicality that involves the way the eyes are looking or the raising of the brow, those things to me are the things that resonate with people. I’m not so sure the commentary on those shows hasn’t already been covered by the Onion or by “SNL.” Generally speaking, what’s being said or done seems to have, to me, more of a desperate quality.