I think that everything I do tends to root for the underdog. I always felt as a kid that I was under appreciated, invisible or weird, but I've always secretly thought people would one day appreciate what is different about me. I'm always putting that message out there. Eventually, the nerds and the geeks will have their day.
College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school.
Extras (2005). I really have no interest in directing anything I haven't written, but if Ricky Gervais called tomorrow, well, I could be seduced. I always watch that show and think it's not going to get me. And then I find myself laughing hard out loud. I'm a burnt-out bitter comic. I don't laugh out loud. I don't make noise. I don't know how he does it but Extras gets me every time. - on the only other comedy creation that makes him laugh every time
My way of dealing with the world has always been to make fun of it and observe it but not take part in it. That's how I became a writer. But when you have kids, suddenly you have to be part of things. It leads almost to a breakdown because your whole defense mechanism is now really destructive.
When R-rated comedies don't work, the studios are really embarrassed by them. But a PG-13 comedy is actually less offensive than an episode of "Friends" (1994). I think people want something a little more adult.