Words matter. These are the best Mae Martin Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
It’s very weird trying to imagine yourself as a ‘comedy character.’
With the 12-step program, if you don’t subscribe to that way of life completely, it can be seen as failing, and I think a lot of people can take the parts of that kind of program that they need and not other parts.
You’re basically getting on stage and asking people, ‘Do you guys like me? Do you like who I am?’ But you grow pretty thick skinned. And the less scared you seem, the more people like you anyway.
It’s exhausting trying to impress someone and be a version of yourself that might be attractive to them.
Don’t edit yourself too much. Don’t be afraid of looking stupid, ‘cool’ is so rarely funny I think. And just do it! Do as many gigs as you possibly can, and watch as many gigs as you possibly can. You’ll get the rhythm of it in your head and make lovely friends.
I’m a real romantic, big time.
I can’t tell you how much money I waste on plaid shirts, whisky that I hate the taste of, and Moleskine notebooks that I never write in.
If you’re unhappy, you can’t make anything.
You don’t need a murder on a Martian colony. What is more dramatic than love? There’s highs and lows, especially in your twenties, when it completely takes you over.
In comedy you are allowed to be weird – and even applauded for it.
I like to do shows that open a dialogue.
I love ‘Titanic’, I love ‘Romeo & Juliet’, those are my favourite films, and so it’s crazy to think that people wouldn’t connect with ‘Feel Good’, it’s just a love story.
I’ve been doing comedy for 20 years now. I started when I was 13 and I think for the first 10 years I was impersonating other people.
Love is universal, luckily, but also in general I’ve found that whenever I’ve been the most specific in my stand-up, revealing some weird neurosis or quirk I’m ashamed of, that’s what people relate to the most. Specificity is key!
I sort of thought acting was just about arranging your face into emotions. I didn’t realise it was about actually allowing yourself to feel the feelings, then letting your face follow. That was a big learning curve.
Being on stage at the Soho Theatre is hard to beat.
I don’t have much time for the ‘sad clown’ thing. It’s only associated with comedians because of the disparity between feeling like that and what we do for a living. I bet there are loads of sad bankers and sad dentists. We just don’t notice because they aren’t bringing that much joy to the world.
I love the comedy world and really grew up in green rooms, so I wanted to show the positives and negatives.
Bette Midler was my first love, and the intensity of those feelings remain.
People have referred to me as ‘innocent’, which makes me feel disingenuous.
If you never, or rarely, see your experience depicted in art or pop culture then you can begin to feel isolated or separate; Othered. So, representation is super important.
I’m attracted to funny people with nice hands who smell good and are kind to people.
I have the armour of self-worth that comes from having open-minded parents who felt there was nothing wrong with me.
What audiences see is a curated version of myself.
I’m so unqualified to be a family therapist.
I formed a sketch troupe with two friends, started doing gigs, and dropped out of school shortly after to pursue it full time! Now it sort of has to work out because I have zero other qualifications.
In my pantheon of comedy idols there’s maybe six people: Lisa Kudrow, Conan O’Brian, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Martin Short. Lisa is at the top.
If I could go back and tell 13-year-old self that I would be on screen with Lisa Kudrow, spending my birthday on a ghost train in Blackpool with her, I would have been beside myself.
If you bite and chew the peel of a banana, then eat the fruit of the banana itself, you will find that it tastes like a tomato. I swear.
It’s a universal experience to be compulsively doing something that’s damaging your life.
Most people have had that feeling of like, being obsessed with someone, and losing self control a bit, and that hopefully humanises addiction a bit.
I’d love to write more observational comedy but the stuff people seem to respond to is the most personal so it’s snowballed from there.
How can I tell if I was born hating coconut or developed a hatred of coconut because my father distrusted it as an ingredient?
We’re all severely addicted to our phones… it’s not glamorous or always harrowing even, it’s just damaging.
Watching comedy for the first time I felt absolutely on fire. I just couldn’t believe there was this environment where people were being applauded for the weirdest things about themselves.