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" In Portland, it rains all the time - but who cares? That's not funny. That's not universal. "
" Different actors have different rhythms. My goal as a director is to let these guys get their best work out. "
" There's a thing in comedy where you take one step into a bad idea, but if you take 10, then it becomes a good idea again. "
" I love working with nonactors. "
" I want to work with extremely, genuinely charismatic people. "
" It's exciting being in the present. You're always reading emails, talking about the future, looking at pictures on Facebook of the past. But living in the present? It's almost a dead medium. I almost want to do a sketch about being in the present. "
" I know, especially in my family, people's feelings get hurt over the tiniest things. I'm sure that's true in every family. But, for instance, one year, I came a little bit late to Thanksgiving, and I was supposed to bring a salad. And I just brought a bag of lettuce, and put it in a bowl. Five years later, I heard that my mom was incensed. "
" Certain shows, when it's all comedy, it's like when you eat something that's too sweet and it just tastes gross. You need that salted caramel. "
" I like dry-to-the-bone stuff. I don't know what it is. I was raised on PBS showing weird British comedies. "
I Was Raised
" If you have, especially with siblings, something like the competition for mom's affection, it just never goes away. "
" A huge part of making something work is getting along with people you work with. You want them to succeed; you want them to bring their ideas to life as much as possible. "
" I'm a huge 'Twin Peaks' fan. "
" You can tell a lot about a person by what comedians they like. "
" When you make a pilot, you've never seen the show before; you don't know what it is. "
" There is no 'recycle too much.' That's an oxymoron. "
" In your twenties, you might want to be radical and change the world, but in your thirties, you might just want to be happy and ground yourself. "
Change The World
" I'm never trying to make something esoteric; it just happens. "
" The end goal is to make a piece that everybody has ownership over and everybody's proud of because everybody contributed to it. I think there's a communist, socialist vibe to 'Portlandia' to make it work. "
" I definitely feel the pressure to keep things fresh and original. "
" I love awesome mixed drinks. "
" I look at a show like 'Roseanne.' That's super influential on me. It's very funny, very real, with real problems. That was a big influence, and I don't know if you see that all the time in the network world. "
" One second here and there will make all the difference between something being funny and not being funny. That's why I like going, 'Well, we wrote that six months ago, and it was funny one time we read it, but it's not funny anymore. So what? Just dump it.' "
" I saw Sleater Kinney perform back when I was in college. "
" I always want to push myself. "
" 'Portlandia' is 100 percent improvised, and I came into this business not knowing anything. "
" Things that people are doing constantly but aren't thinking about. That's the ultimate 'Portlandia' concept. "
" With comedy, I've always had a pretty good sense of what I like and how to execute it well, but drama has its own rules. "
" A lot of the 'Portlandia' characters and a lot of the moments aren't really TV-worthy, but that's what is so refreshing about seeing them. "
" You see a lot of comedic content that's not funny, and you can tell that it's supposed to be funny, but it's actually not funny. "
" There's some moments in your life where you're just like, 'I need something just funny.' That's the noble thing you can do. Make someone forget about their life for 22 minutes. "
" Portland is a place where everyone closes their eyes and crosses their fingers and hopes for a better community. They keep it small and local, and usually they think if they just make great coffee, it's the best thing for the neighborhood. "