John Stewart on It Getting Easier

This is from “What Makes People Laugh,” an interview by Carl Arnheiter with Jon Stewart. It appears in the book Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped and Canceled, by Jon Friedman.

What’s your take on building a joke, how does it start for you?

Jon Stewart: It’s 99% perspiration and 1% love and all that…I think it’s just one of those things you learn from doing it, and you know, the funny thing is even though I know how to do it in that yeoman sort of way, there is no “oh now I got it and so it now pours out.” But it still takes as much effort and all that, I can do it a little quicker than I used to be able to, but the great stuff still comes in the same percentage that it ever came.


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