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'And Here's the Kicker' highlights

”And Here’s the Kicker” highlights — Mike Sacks interviews comedy writers in his new book

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”I worked in a mental institution in St. Louis, which prepared me well for when I went out to Hollywood to work with actors.” — Harold Ramis, Animal House, Ghostbusters, Caddyshack

”Dave usually took the good stuff, and if he believed in a joke, and it didn’t get much of a laugh, he would repeat it for his own amusement — almost like an incantation. I found that endearing.” — George Meyer, Late Night, The Simpsons

”At The Golden Girls, I was writing for these characters who were fifty years older than me. What did I know about being in my seventies? [But] all you have to do [is] show compassion.” — Mitch Hurwitz, Arrested Development

”The name David Brent came to Ricky [Gervais] in an epiphany. What we loved about that name was that it was so utterly bland.” — Stephen Merchant, co-creator of The Office on the BBC

”Sacha [Baron Cohen] goes to extremes with each character. If he’s playing Borat, he won’t shower the night or two before an interview. Even Borat’s underwear is authentic.” — Dan Mazer, Borat, Brüno