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“I’m not afraid of language. A lot of times with the strong silent type, they don’t want to say anything and start to cut the dialog out. I think the things you remember most in life are things that you said. So I move back and forth from the strong silent type to the rascal to the unreadable, and I try to build a career just out of the individual movie.”

“You have to navigate fame, and I don’t have a perfect record. I’ve had the press go after me, I had a divorce in my life and that became a real subject of discussion at the time. My life is bigger than the movies. That’s what I’m known for, but it’s the tip of the iceberg, and I understand that. I’m not overly impressed with what I do, I just take what I do seriously but when I’m done I’m also done with it. I enjoy the work of movies much more than I do the red carpet moments.

I have an ego, I want films to do well, it’s nice that people treat me well and I put my hands in cement – but that stuff, I never thought that was on the board for me. So I try to make a movie that will last forever. I don’t always achieve that but it’s what I try to do.”

Kevin Costner

From Kozversations, Episode 46

On his legendary "Chappelle's Show" skit: That film came out of a conversation with Dave after Paul Mooney said about me, ‘You make Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X...’

"In one fell swoop one black man says about another black man, that Bryant Gumbel can’t be black because he’s so well spoken, and then says I’m even less black. Who’s the arbiter of what’s black?... I try to proceed as though the world is color blind, but sometimes you’ve got to pop your head up and say something.”

Wayne Brady

From Kozversations, Episode 26

At a restaurant called Wingfield’s in Chesterton, Indiana, Craig learned to master dinner crowds on a weekly basis:
“I just was happy to get the gig. It was an hour outside Chicago and I remember driving there with the ‘70s station on. Donna Summer had the longest song in the ‘70s history (Craig starts singing Summer’s classic “Macarthur Park”) that would take up 20 minutes of the ride,” recalls Robinson. “But I was teaching in Indiana and there was this librarian, a very older white dude who rarely spoke and was a little scary. “I was hanging out with the secretary of the library and we’d be laughing and he’d always look at us and I said ‘I should go now.’ One day he heard me say I was trying out comedy and this old man said ‘My wife works at a comedy show Friday nights in Chesterton,’ and I got the gig and I met my comedy mentor James Wesley Jackson there. It was $45 a week, worked up to $60 a week. I cherished that check, an investment in me. But it’s also so much fun, learning to work a crowd.”

Craig Robinson

From Kozversations, Episode 61

I always believed, you question authority. Whether it’s Asian-American, a woman president, or Native American, you have to hit. What’s happening during this time is that everyone’s afraid of making fun of certain areas because you’ll be given a name, and that’s very twisted stuff. If you’re in a liberal crowd in New York and do liberal material, the response is almost like a rally, but it’s not edgy. True edge is what Dennis Miller did in switching sides, and he got brutalized for it. You will get the PC snake from the left and Republicans are a little lighter about it. I come from the old school that says you go where the power is and make fun of it. When it becomes off-limits to say or do certain things without being brutalized or uncensored, that’s a shame but it’s where the country’s going right now.”

Dana Carvey

From Kozversations, Episode 37

My husband and I were driving back from Calabasas and were hit by a drunk driver in Tarzana, by a guy doing 90. Seven cars were totaled, one woman died and she was in the car to my right. If she hadn’t been there, he would have hit us. My husband watched her die. It was a big wake up call. I sat at the bus stop waiting for chaos to subside. I knew then, my gift was to make people laugh and I had to go full throttle.”

Wendy Liebman

From Kozversations, Episode 34