Sunday, November 12, 2006

where do ideas come from?

An excerpt from Chris Rock's interview to The New York Times Magazine:

How would you describe your creative process?
I try to come up with a crazy hypothesis and prove it right comedically. You say something that makes no sense — women are physically stronger than men — and prove it right. That’s kind of what you do.

Are you constantly jotting down ideas for potential jokes?
I’ve got a list on my BlackBerry.

So what have you got there, for instance?
Women who let their husband look better than them. If nothing else in the marriage, don’t let your husband look better than you. It’s a disaster for everybody. One thing about families, if it’s bad for one of you, it’s bad for the family.


Solomon, Deborah. The Funny Formula. The New York Times Magazine. November 12, 2006 (here, with restrictions)


Steve Portigal said...


Link without restrictions should be at

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Nelson said...

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