I have always felt that humor was a wonderful vehicle to let us become connected with each other and ourselves… I try to portray the similarities and polarities in men and women, so that we can acknowledge and embrace our collective consciousness.

Variety magazine (2003)

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I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.


I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.

Truth is, I’ve always been selling out. The difference is that in the past, I looked like I had integrity because there were no buyers.

When you talk about yourself for 35 years, first of all, it gets repetitious. And then it seems a little bit excessive, at the least.

The Advocate interview, 2005

It’s not whether God is on our side or whether we’re doing God’s will, it’s being so narcissistic as to think that God is telling you what to do.