The face and the actor is great, but if you were to start out and you said, My name is Humphrey, somebody would punch you out, because that's a stupid name to have.
You know what's nice about Montreal? Not only is it a beautiful city, but you have Cuban cigars.
I am not the captain of my ship. My ship is out there, but I don't have my course. You never know in this business.
The entire behind the scenes of Saturday Night Live are all Canadian.
I think Canadian talent is exceptional. You continually show us up here in the States with your brilliancy.
Vancouver is a beautiful area, I don't care what time of the year you're there. Vancouver and Calgary. Great places in Canada.
You realize, this is not just a little studio we go to make these television episodes. This thing is reaching everybody in the world! Suddenly you realize the power of television.
They sometimes beat things into the ground. They don't know when to get out of a situation. They think the more you pound the nail into the ground, the funnier it gets. That's not necessarily true.
Jewish people have given me all the breaks you can possibly have. But of course, it's wonderful when you feel that your own nationality has made it. It gives you hopes.
It makes you famous, you get money from it, you go on and do the best you can, but it really is dreadful that people don't know your name.
It makes you a better person to know where you came from, because whereever you go, there is somebody in some town, city, hamlet, whatever, that has the same dreams you have.
If you get a show named after you, and then play another character, that's fine. But if you do a show that's an ensemble show like MASH, then you're in trouble.
If you do eight shows a week it's just too difficult to try to put everything that you can together.
One of the terrible things about doing movies is that the writers never consider the temperature outside.
Sometimes I want to go into Saturday Night Live and rewrite some of the sketches because they're really not that good.
Sometimes you get a call and an uncle passed away that you really liked, or a cousin or somebody else. So each day becomes a little more precious then the day that preceded it.
The phone rings and there's another Broadway show or another TV series or a movie. That's the gamble you take.
There were some times when we did the winter scenes in the summer, and I had to wear that silly fur coat. Oh, my Lord! I was perspiring!
There's this Lebanese lady I dearly loved who raised 13 children in Toledo, and she retired in Phoenix. She said, I get up every morning and say, Thank you, God. I do the same thing now.
Canada has given us John Candy and Martin Short and Bill Shatner and Lord knows how many other wonderful performers.
You accumulate a great deal of acquaintances and friendships over the years, and you can't always spend as much time as you would like.
I've been out on the book tour going through Pittsburgh, St Louis and Cleveland, Dayton and Orlando, Raleigh-Durham. I sign many books for people.
I'd like to create a role on Broadway. That would really heighten my senses.
I was born in 1934 and I didn't make my first movie until 1954.
I certainly dont have any airs about myself.
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