Words matter. These are the best Wyatt Cenac Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Kanye is a student of art. He’s an art-school-dropout type of kid that will talk about art till the cows come home.
Getting a Grammy nomination for ‘Brooklyn’ meant a lot, especially because, as an album, it was one that was very personal to me but also one that I self-produced and had gone outside the label.
When we simply write a place off as, like, ‘Well, it’s just Trump country,’ for the people who are there, we do them a disservice on some level. It’s their country, too.
After I left the ‘Daily Show,’ I was kind of sitting out for five years. I know what it’s like to not be able to have that platform for my voice the way I want it.
I think there’s a lesson in everything.
I enjoy doing standup, but when I’m 50, I don’t know if I’ll still enjoy doing standup. It might be one of those things where I find other palettes that I want to paint on and make comedic.
I think, with these shows, with ‘Last Week Tonight,’ with ‘Full Frontal,’ I think, as these shows have evolved, we all have research departments now.
There’s always a certain concern whenever you go and shoot a field piece: that maybe all the elements won’t come together, knowing that you have limited time to tell a story, hoping that you get all the elements you need, hoping the subjects are comfortable.
Every impression that I do is just a terrible variation on an awful Bill Cosby impression. You’re doing an Australian accent, but it’s just Australian Bill Cosby; or that’s just British Bill Cosby; that’s Pirate Bill Cosby.
The majority of the DC and Marvel comic lines are white male characters, and the minute you make Thor a woman or Captain America a black guy, the Internet is filled with hateful comments and people saying, ‘That’s not what Captain America is supposed to look like.’
I remember Tim Meadows gave me a radio. It was a radio he didn’t want anymore. I gave it to my grandmother, and she had it ’til the day she died. To me, it was, ‘I got a thing from Tim Meadows!’ I think my grandmother was like, ‘I got a thing from my grandson!’
I do love TV as a medium.
I feel like you could watch ‘Grand Budapest’ without sound, and it would still be funny.
I probably learned more about Marion Barry listening to Chris Rock than I did reading a headline.
I spent a lot of time in Brooklyn as a kid. I was born in New York, and my grandmother lived in Crown Heights, so there’s a part of it that I feel this connection to.
We all live with contradictions.
I kinda feel like if I can do what I like in New York – and I like New York, I was born in New York, I have a lot more of a connection to New York – the hope is to stay in New York.
There’s more we can do as a community to try to change what policing looks like in our cities.
Chris Nolan can put Batman in full body armor, have him drive a car that looks likes a tank, and make him political, and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s OK.’ But try making him Filipino, and everyone gets mad.
There aren’t a lot of roles for sleepy-eyed black dudes.
So much about getting onstage is creating a connection with an audience that allows you to go different places and try different things.
I wrote this 12-page ‘Luke Cage’ comic book for Marvel once, and I got to create a villain. His name was Lone Shark, so there was this running thing of whether it was spelled L-O-A-N or L-O-N-E. I like the idea of ‘I’m a lone shark,’ and then people are like, ‘You are here to collect a debt?’
Everyone gets very excited about the idea of space travel, but… it’s not going to be everybody that gets to go.
I think hard work is definitely a huge thing, but there is something, if you want to call it luck or whatever – a window of opportunity – that is totally outside of your control, and it’s that thing that will sometimes separate a good career from a great career.
I wouldn’t consider myself a traditional sitcom actor or someone you’d even think would be in a sitcom.
I am not looking at my TV show to change the world.
I can’t be manic without it feeling false to me.
I do love Instagram, but even if I spend 15 minutes looking at stuff, I feel guilty.
When you put comedy in the room it’s supposed to be in, you start learning it’s a process. Not everything is a home run. You have singles, and you ground a few out. But ultimately, it’s the journey you have with that comedian, whether it’s ten minutes or an hour.
For me, funny is funny, and what’s unfortunate is these comedians aren’t being allowed to operate in rooms for everybody and that everybody can laugh and say, ‘Okay, I find that person funny, and I don’t just have to find them funny because they look like me.’
I did a movie a few years back, ‘Medicine for Melancholy.’ People will come up to me after a set and say, ‘I really love that movie. When are you going to do another one?’ Or ‘I loved you on ‘The Daily Show.’ Why did you leave?’ It’s kind of the same as saying, ‘I loved you in high school. You should have never left.’
I wrote for ‘King of the Hill’ for three seasons.
I think when you write something as standup material, it forces you to think about how you’re gonna tell that story in one way, and then, when you get the opportunity to shoot it, you almost have to reframe how you go about it and rethink the entire process.
The thing that I’m known for – at least, depending on what Subreddit you go to – is being a comedian. And so, even when talking about heavy things, I still want to try to use humor to walk us in the door.
The role of a comedian is to go in and make something funny. That might be a situation where I’m writing, a situation where I’m in control, like standup or something of my own that I’m making, or it might be something like being an actor in someone else’s project.
There are 18,000 police agencies in this country. There’s no network requiring them to operate according to the same guidelines.
I feel like you can’t trust a cat. I feel like a cat’s got an ulterior motive. The moment you show any weakness to a cat, the cat is gonna take over.
When I used to put videos on MySpace, there’d always be someone posting something nasty. To those people, I’d send friend requests, and invariably, they accepted them.
I went to an all-boys Catholic school in Dallas.
At ‘The Daily Show,’ we were satirizing a news program. You put somebody in a suit, you put ’em behind a desk, and they become an authority figure.
Steven Wright can do Steven Wright very well. Not everyone can do Steven Wright’s jokes with the same results.
Sometimes I feel I’m being animated, but it comes off differently. Unfortunately, I was cursed with these sleepy eyes.
I have worked in animation on ‘King of the Hill.’ I’ve worked in late-night with ‘The Daily Show.’ I’ve worked on single-camera stuff, whether it was a movie or television. I have performed onstage.
As long as you walk away from any experience, good or bad, with lessons and things you can take into the next experience, I don’t think you can do anything but look back on it with an appreciation.
For me, when I think of curiosity on television, a lot of times my childhood was shaped by shows on PBS that encouraged and embraced curiosity.