Andy Kindler Quotes

 

I think that most people will spend their whole life not figuring out what they’re meant to do, or figuring out what they’re meant to do on their way to do something else. So I just feel lucky that I know what I love to do. Everything else figures itself out.

 

You can’t go wrong with pizza, unless it’s terrible pizza.

— Andy Kindler

I have a true love for the old style of Catskill comic. There’s a joy in discovering a bad joke… and then there’s the joy of delivering it like, ‘Isn’t this a hacky joke?’

— Andy Kindler

I’m interested in Jeff Bridges. I love that guy. And I did like Carey Mulligan in ‘An Education.’ And I love Meryl Streep, but if they could ban ‘Julie & Julia,’ I’d be in favor of that.

— Andy Kindler

I wanted to like ‘Up in the Air’ – I like Jason Reitman – but Vera Farmiga left me cold.

— Andy Kindler

‘The Graduate’ should have won best picture over ‘In the Heat of the Night.’

— Andy Kindler

I would like Albert Brooks to have received the Oscars for best actor, best director and best screenplay for ‘Modern Romance.’ I love that movie.

— Andy Kindler

My goal is to be exactly how I am offstage – although I realize I’m supposed to punctuate it with jokes.

— Andy Kindler

My favorite comedians are basically themselves onstage.

— Andy Kindler

I sold door to door for a couple years. As the years recede from the event, I remember less about it, which is probably good for my mind. It was home improvement in Cerritos California, Buena Park, that area.

— Andy Kindler

I’ve sold a lot of different product. Very briefly, I sold Time Life Books on the phone.

— Andy Kindler

I did not sell Amway, but I sold Shaklee, which was an Amway-type product sold through multi-level marketing.

— Andy Kindler

I will say that I wasn’t susceptible to Tony Robbins-like pitches, even as a younger man.

— Andy Kindler

If I love a comic but they have an off night, who am I to say they should have taken out this or added that? It doesn’t work that way… I have no interest in hurting people’s feelings.

— Andy Kindler

I don’t hate Dane Cook, but I am trying to go after people I think are capable of more.

— Andy Kindler

I’m not trying to do anything except entertain America.

— Andy Kindler

The cliche that comics always use is that whatever is happening in the news is ‘the gift that keeps on giving.’ I always thought that was a bunch of nonsense.

— Andy Kindler

I came out to L.A. in ’78 to be a musician. I didn’t get into comedy until the mid-Eighties.

— Andy Kindler

Very unique: I was a singer-songwriter-guitarist. Very unusual in the late Seventies to find a singer-songwriter, and on top of that, a guitarist.

— Andy Kindler

My manager came up with the name ‘State of the Industry,’ and it was just one of those things. It just took off. Well, I don’t know about ‘took off.’ I’m not in the stratosphere.

— Andy Kindler

My goal isn’t to wake up in the morning and hurt people’s feelings.

— Andy Kindler

I do notice a lot of people who want to shock to get laughs. It’s such a tricky thing; you don’t want to make rules about it. There’s nobody more hilarious than Dave Attell, and he’d break every rule you set up. But he’s funny.

— Andy Kindler

I think that most people will spend their whole life not figuring out what they’re meant to do, or figuring out what they’re meant to do on their way to do something else. So I just feel lucky that I know what I love to do. Everything else figures itself out.

— Andy Kindler

I’m on a mission. If I can make even one person not enjoy something they’re currently enjoying, it’s all worth it!

— Andy Kindler

I’m not really in Louis CK’s circle. It’d probably be harder if we were really close and I went off on him.

— Andy Kindler

I’ve never been paid as a prognosticator. I don’t get a lot of work as a mentalist.

— Andy Kindler

I have so many strong opinions on the entertainment industry, but if I’m in a deli somewhere, and someone says they love that Adam Sandler movie where he dresses up as his twin sister – well, I don’t want to make people feel bad for how they feel about things. I’m always courteous, not mean.

— Andy Kindler

Nobody gets excited when they see me. If I put on my wizard outfit and walk around the airport for a couple of hours, I get a couple of puzzled glances.

— Andy Kindler

I am the smartest comedian in the history of the world.

— Andy Kindler

‘Ambulatory’ is my favorite word to use because it never gets a laugh.

— Andy Kindler

The right wing is appealing to a shrinking, shrinking demographic of angry white people who blame their predicament in life on the fact that there are immigrants coming into the country; it’s pretty ludicrous.

— Andy Kindler

If everything was good, maybe I wouldn’t have a career. I wouldn’t have anything to make fun of.

— Andy Kindler

I always had a tremendous amount of rage about the business, and I thought turning that into comedy was healthy.

— Andy Kindler

I’m not a confrontational person in real life, so I really don’t wanna get into arguments or fistfights with people I’m making fun of.

— Andy Kindler

Louie is hugely talented. But I get very annoyed at the way the media… say, ‘Louis C.K. is the greatest stand-up in the world.’ He’s not the greatest stand-up in the world. He’s not funnier than Dave Attell.

— Andy Kindler

Sometimes things can be a guilty pleasure, but with ‘Idol,’ everyone talks about it like it’s a real thing; they argue over who’s gonna win… There’s no laughing at it.

— Andy Kindler

I have to say, after hanging out with Republicans for four days, I want to take a look at my own birth certificate. I don’t think I was born in this country.

— Andy Kindler

I don’t consider myself a political comedian because it’s so hard. It takes time away from me saying terrible things about TV.

— Andy Kindler

When did I start comedy? I came out of the womb and did 10 minutes.

— Andy Kindler

George Lopez is always on the verge of hilarity. If he could ever think of something funny to say, if he had a funny thought in his mind, he’s ready to go.

— Andy Kindler

Can we all admit that ‘Parks and Recreation’ is horrible? Is this something we would all know, but don’t say? Maybe everything should not be improv’d.

— Andy Kindler

Why did God have to make Mo’Nique a good actress? What was God thinking when he decided to give Mo’Nique acting chops. Now we have to endure Mo’Nique comedy specials.

— Andy Kindler

You tell me that ‘Date Night’ was good? I’m not going to see it. I will debate you on it, having no knowledge of the footage in the film. I was next to someone on the plane watching it, and they were dozing off.

— Andy Kindler

I don’t enjoy writing newspaper articles any more than people like reading them. I’m a standup comic, not a journalist, although sometimes onstage I will say: ‘What else is in the news?’ Writing is work, which I’m not comfortable with.

— Andy Kindler

I even get tired performing standup, which is normally a low-impact exercise in futility but looks hard the way I do it. That’s why I take a lot of breaks, often stopping in the middle of a joke to catch my breath, or blame the crowd for not laughing before the punchline.

— Andy Kindler

The Comedy Bar is an intimate club, which I prefer. I refuse to play theatres, because large empty spaces make me nervous, and I don’t enjoy the echo. I’m no sell out. Literally.

— Andy Kindler

When I played a club in Salt Lake City, I complained to the crowd about the low turnout. It’s always good to berate the people who paid to see you because you’re upset about the people who didn’t show up. It’s called misplaced anger, and without it, I wouldn’t have an act.

— Andy Kindler

I feel completely fearless when I’m on stage. And also totally fearful. There’s the fear that I’m not making a very smart career move sometimes, but there’s the stronger belief that these things need to be said.

— Andy Kindler

I’m tired of demographic appeal being more important than talent. I want to fight against that.

— Andy Kindler

I’ve given myself permission to say whatever’s on my mind when I’m on stage.

— Andy Kindler

My big fear is that I’ll put down so many people, I’ll have to leave show biz.

— Andy Kindler

When I started out in the late ’80s, my act was pretty terrible, and for years, I kind of toiled in obscurity. I don’t believe in a hierarchy in comedy; I feel that a person deserves respect the first time they get onstage, and after that, they just have to be funny and get more consistent.

— Andy Kindler

I’ve always felt that there’s a Catskills comic who lives in my head and is constantly trying to get out. There’s all these jokes that have been passed down from Jewish generation to Jewish generation, which I love but which I’ve always made fun of.

— Andy Kindler

In the ’90s, comedy was at a very low point, but these days, you’ve got people like Hannibal Burress, Ron Funches, Maria Bamford – people who can play any club, anywhere.

— Andy Kindler

There are so many people who just want a flashy object in front of their eyes and don’t want to think at all; I find that disturbing.

— Andy Kindler

Jimmy Fallon is handsome. This is an indisputable fact.

— Andy Kindler

I can open up any can of worms and get people upset.

— Andy Kindler

I’m still doing what I’ve always wanted to do, and how big it gets or how much money I make for it or how popular I am in the public’s eye is really not that important, even though it’s hard to let that go.

— Andy Kindler

I don’t know what Tracy Morgan does onstage, but I can assure you, it’s no act.

— Andy Kindler

Most of the people in my family were pretty funny. Everyone had a good sense of humor. I came to California right after college, wanting to be a musician.

— Andy Kindler

From 1987 to 1992, I was on the road for 40 weeks a year playing comedy clubs, and that was during the ‘comedy boom.’

— Andy Kindler

I try to go out for everything. I go out for any acting stuff that comes up, and voice-over stuff.

— Andy Kindler

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