You refine language. You’ve got to put things in a perfect way. You have to be economical, and yet you have to let shit string out. You have to know how to load a spring of tension and release it.
Me and Chris try to study a lot of different kinds of people, not just comedians. We both love Bill Clinton — Clinton is America’s headliner. One of the greatest things I ever saw was him at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Jimmy Carter, George Bush Senior, Hillary — all these people making speeches, and then Bill Clinton goes on and he says, “Let’s all remember that that is a woman lying right there.” And he points at her.
It was audacious. “That is a woman who had her dreams and her pain and her passions,” and I think he said “lust.” He said really personal shit about her and you immediately heard the black people go, “Yes!”
He says, “There’s her family — think about what they’re going through today, and everything that’s happened to them since their daddy got shot. The burden that must have been hers.”
Holy shit. I hope to have any of that skill as a comic. He just found this short circuit. You try to have this nature the way water does — finds the lowest place and spreads the fuck out. That’s what he did.
This is a really great quote. I think there’s quite a bit in it I don’t totally understand, but in a good way.