32 Total Quotes

Harry Shearer Quotes

I realize I'm going against the grain, doing a fully produced CD of comedy sketches and music at a time when the only comedy recordings are basically standup. But it's the kind of comedy records I grew up on and ... (have) always been kind of my favorite.
Harry Shearer
#Comedy

It grew out of the fact that so many record executives had seen Judith, and had said, 'She's great, we know she's great, we love her, we don't know what to do with her,'
Harry Shearer
#Executive

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
Harry Shearer
#American Actor #Power

If you can sit through The Aristocrats and laugh at it, you come out the other end realizing that to be made to laugh at it robs the telling of it of the power to shock and sting. It's why (word-abusing comic George) Carlin is in the movie. It's basically a lesson about words, how we can give power to words and take it back. Comedy lubricates that transaction sometimes.
Harry Shearer
#Laughter

There are a couple of fairly interesting soundtrack situations that we can't yet announce, because we're still in negotiation. And beyond that, we'll start looking at other artists.
Harry Shearer
#Negotiation

You can never expect a movie to have a life that lasts this long, really.
Harry Shearer
#Life

We have been on the air long enough we've gone completely around from being denounced by conservative Christians ... to myself being the subject of cover stories in two Christian magazines hailing the show as the most moral show on TV, ... Inside the Actors Studio.
Harry Shearer
#Conservative

This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is. 'Oh My God!'-- that's all you can say.
Harry Shearer
#Comedy

[O'Donoghue] died telling the joke.
Harry Shearer
#Died

...I was one of the first Cinemascope children...
Harry Shearer
#Children

I guess the equivalence there is that 10 sessions of ministrations to a troubled young person equals the value of the Los Angeles Dodgers, ... It's the Stupidity, Stupid.
Harry Shearer
#Value

A bunch of different kid roles on the Benny show. I worked for him for eight years, so I played Jack as a kid and other kinds of parts as well.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

Bush is a frat boy in the White House but we've had that before. But I wasn't one of those people that was threatening to leave the country. By the way none of those people have left the country. Alec Baldwin is still here.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

Democrats always like to brag that their guys are smarter than the opponents and Republicans always like to brag that their guys are more moral than the opponents. But if you're looking for morals in politics you're looking for bananas in the cheese department.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines, nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

I didn't have a lot of independent film connections. It really took until the digital film revolution came along that I realized that I could do it myself.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

I was a Political Science major.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

I went to graduate school at Harvard for one year I worked in the state legislature in Sacramento for one year. I taught school in Compton for two years.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

I'd been freelance writing all this time, and I then got involved in a radio broadcast which was a series of satirical newscasts every day.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

I'm at a little loss in terms of my Leave It To Beaver expertise, since I never watched an episode of the show - so the cast in the pilot could have been Martians or they could have been the regular cast for all I know.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

In the year and a half I was on SNL, I never saw anybody ad lib anything. For a very good reason - the director cut according to the script. So, if you ad libbed, you'd be off mike and off camera.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

My parents didn't want me to be a regular in a series. I was a working actor from time to time but they thought was a little too much being a star of a series. They wanted me to have a slightly more normal childhood.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

That was Embassy Pictures, they went bankrupt shortly after This is Spinal Tap came out.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

The last president we had was the smartest guy anyone could remember and he did the dumbest thing anyone has ever seen in the White House so go figure.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

We were never on strike. The day that story appeared in Variety newspaper, I was at Fox doing vocal services for that week's show.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

Well I directed a few feature length things for HBO in the late eighties.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

Well Washington DC what are you going to do. They think the capitol steps are the state of the art in comedy. You try to drag them into the 20th century let alone the 21st and they refuse to come with you.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

When I did that first movie, it was the introduction to all the set-up time and the waiting time that's endemic in motion pictures, and the repetition.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor

When it moved to Friday night it disappeared, when they find another show that can do what The Simpsons does, they will be delighted to do cancel The Simpsons.
Harry Shearer
#American Actor