"Throughout my whole life as a performer Ive never played with a band. Ive always played alone so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn."
"I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning four years were spent refining and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic."
"No matter how many times people say it - Oh Im just writing this for myself Oh Im just doing this for myself - nobodys doing it for themselves! Youre doing it for an audience. So whether Im performing or writing a book or playing music its definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way definitely."
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a good one because it not only turned out I think to be a really funny movie but it was also a delight to shoot. We were in the South of France working with Glenne Headly and Michael Caine and Frank Oz the director - who were just fun."
"When I was in college I was debating to try my hand at show business or to become a professor. I just thought of the risk of not going into show business and always wondering if I wouldve had a chance. Because thats where my real heart was."
"Movies always are open to being remade because times change so much and the tempo of movies changes. I think of it like a James Bond. They can have different actors play the same role... Ive had people come up to me and say We want to remake The Jerk with so and so. And I say Fine. It just doesnt bother me. Its an honor actually."
"I think I meant that given the circumstances of my childhood I had the illusion that its easier to be alone. To have your relationships be casual and also to pose as a solitary person because it was more romantic. You know I was raised on the idea of the ramblin man and the loner."
"Bad psychoanalysis would say I enjoyed pleasing people working really hard and pleasing people which is probably related to my father in some way. But I really liked working hard. When I worked at Disneyland Id do 12 hours straight and go home thrilled."
"Theres a lot of thought in art. People get to talk about important things. Theres a lot of sex you know in art. Theres a lot of naked women and men and theres intrigue theres fakery. Its a real microcosm of the larger world."
"Everything is fraught with danger. I love technology and I love science. Its just always all in the way you use it. So theres no - you cant really blame anything on the technology. Its just the way people use it and it always has been."
"I feel good about being able to take bluegrass on to television like Letterman and The View and Ive heard nice things about being able to do that. I really havent felt any negativity toward me or my music."