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    The Internet seems like a safe house for the opposite mentality, for cynics and for jerks and for people who want to lash out. And it's a valid thing. It's a valid forum and I'm not going say that they aren't valid feelings. But it's sad. Considering the potential that something like the Internet, that connects so many people, has for good. I think it's sad that it's used so often for nothing but unfounded, overzealous negativity...
    — Chris Gethard
    The best advice I've gotten in terms of that was someone who said, "People will surprise you if you let them."
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: advice 
     
    Growing up and being a kid, I knew that creativity was at the heart of what I wanted to do. I always had this feeling of wanting to be a comedian and wanting to be an actor.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: heart  creativity  kids 
     
    I think there is a weird loneliness that comes with being a comedian. There is something definitely inside the personality of a person who wants to be a comedian, and (he or she) is looking to connect (to the audience) at all times.
    — Chris Gethard
    I think for a lot of people, the financial barrier is the biggest leap (that) you have to take. A lot of people don't want to stick their necks out and take that risk which is totally understandable. Until you are ready to totally bet on yourself and put all of your chips on the table, it doesn't happen.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people  risk  financial 
     
    When young comedians ask me for advice that's the one thing I always say is if they're improvisers I'm like do improv, don't make that your sole thing. And at the end of the day when you do your best work you also just kinda, by definition flush it down the toilet and never do it again.
    — Chris Gethard
    It's very interesting being an artist and a comedian, (because) you aim for jobs that will feed your ego, but when you get up to the precipice of them, you actually have to deliver. You actually have to understand that you're reaching a new level where there are way more eyes on you, way more expectations and way more pressure.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: ego  eyes  expectation  job  artist 
     
    People ask, why hasn't that person busted out? Almost always, at the end of it, consciously or subconsciously, it hasn't happened because that person has chosen for it to not happen. Either walking away, because it wasn't the life they wanted, or through self-sabotaging.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people 
     
    You need an immense amount of luck and perseverance to even be on the playing field for success on a grand scale.
    — Chris Gethard
    If there's one regret I have of my time in comedy it's that I really I was so obsessed with improv for so many years and I exclusively did improv for the first 6 years or 7 years. I was doing comedy and then I started doing solo work and stand up, a bit of writing, making videos, and really going into it on that end.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: time  work  regret  comedy  writing  year 
     
    You see people - maybe in a frustrating fashion - that don't get embraced, when they should. You get some people who get embraced too early, and they tend to flame out, but it's really rare that someone gets lucky. It's usually a combination of a lot of talent and a lot of hard work.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: fashion  people  work  talent 
     
    People who get lucky, also tend to be really great looking, which is luck on some level, but it is also just the fact of the matter.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people  luck  facts 
     
    When you try to go back and watch improv on tape, it almost never feels as good as it did when a crowd was laughing at it.
    — Chris Gethard
    There was a lot of soul searching and at the end of the day I looked back and realized it was all worth it and successful in its own way and it's led to me having this career that's much more in my hands and in my control than it would have been otherwise.
    — Chris Gethard
    There are many hundreds of millions of people who have jobs harder than (mine), and I also remind myself of that every day. No matter how frustrating this can be, I am very lucky that I have been able to cobble together a little life, in which (comedy) is what I do. I am certainly not in danger of getting stuck in a mine anytime soon.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people  job  danger 
     
    Many comedians - both male and female - do have an "I will never date another comedian" rule.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: rules 
     
    If you are a New York comedian who knows how to improvise and has glasses, you're going to start getting commercials.
    — Chris Gethard
    Life gave me a weird path to walk and it wasn't a very traditional path and that's good, I enjoyed it greatly. But I don't think that it was anybody's traditional definition of success but I really am thankful for it.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: success  path  definition 
     
    If people tell me something is impossible, I just want to prove that. I want to know that that's for certain. I don't want to not do something because someone says I can't.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people  impossible 
     
    Mania is fun. I won't lie, it's fun. But it's usually followed by a soul-crushing depression.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: depression  lies  fun 
     
    Outside of performing, (a comedian) is someone who is analyzing life, thinking about it and trying to be observing so much. In my opinion, it can make you feel on the outside looking in.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: opinion  thinking 
     
    There's a lot of exhibitionists who want to tell their stories anonymously and there's a whole lot of voyeurs who want to feel like a fly on the wall and hear about people's lives.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: live  stories 
     
    If I could have enough money that I know I could buy a house someday, and if I want to have kids, I could raise them - I don't need the money grab. I don't need to have a mansion. I just need to be creative and happy.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: creative  money  kids 
     
    I think you can make good things happen if you look for them. Life is a very positive thing.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: positive 
     
    I get very jealous of my friends who have traditional families and 9-to-5 jobs, because I feel like just by the nature of being a comedian...
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: nature  friends  job 
     
    I would say that in the past year I have had to begrudgingly admit that I am finally a success of some level, sure.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: past  success  year 
     
    For sure I think that at the end of the day if I got started a little sooner on stuff that was more written more permanent I would have just made a lot of mistakes earlier. I don't know if it would have led to earlier success but I think it would have led to thicker skin and it would have gotten the ball rolling.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: mistakes  success 
     
    Everyone needs some trial and error figuring out how it's gonna work for them. I could have gotten that out of the way a little sooner but I think you're totally right, the way I kind of think about things and the way I wanted to put myself out there doesn't fit the traditional side of things. I needed things like podcasts and YouTube and things that allow you to get it out there yourself and stand in the flames.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: work  right 
     
    I think public access television has more to do with my career than anything else in the world. And that's a system that's been around of many decades and is something that people think is so outdated that they don't even think it still exists.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people  world  career 
     
    I just like testing myself. I just have that thing in me. Whatever it is that people tell me I can't do, I've gotta try it.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people 
     
    I was that kid who did every activity when I was in high school. There wasn't a day that I didn't stay after school to do something. I just had my hands in everything. And I was similarly very, very angry. I was an angry little guy.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: school  kids 
     
    I'm not good at math. Numbers are a terrifying thing to me. My father is a whiz with money and the stock market, and he tries to explain it to me, and I find it terrifying.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: money  father  stock 
     
    We've switched to text messages, we do anything we can to avoid being on the phone.
    — Chris Gethard
    The thing that I like about public-access is that I am often in the middle of chaos
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: chaos 
     
    The world of entertainment is built for big money. It's not built for small-scale projects that sustain themselves.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: world  money 
     
    I bet I'm the only person in history who went from being the star of a sitcom to the host of a public-access show in less than a year.
    — Chris Gethard
    tags: people  star  year 
     
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