Comedy

Bill Burr Uses Flaws, Screw-ups, and Bowfishing to Fuel His Comedy

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Will you ever reach a point where you feel you can relax? Where you feel like you've made it? No, I feel like I've made it. I feel like if you're a comedian and you have a following and people pay to see you and you can pay your bills and that type of stuff, you've made it. I mean that whole thing where you've got to feel like there's always something else... I'm not saying you don't keep challenging yourself, but to not enjoy it at some point that wouldn't work for me.

So I have a lot of free time despite how much I work. I guess the travel is probably the most time consuming part of the job, but other than that my job itself is a tremendous amount of fun. I never feel like I'm working. I feel like I'm just having a good time. And whenever I want to take a day off, a week off, a month off, I can do it.

I should take advantage of that. I've never taken a month off. How great would that be?

You're praised for bringing so much new material to the stage. What is your method for constantly finding that material? You live a full life.

So you put yourself in interesting situations? No, I don't like jump into shark infested waters. But look, I have a lot of flaws so I'm constantly screwing up in one way or another, be it literally, morally, or something. I'm always making mistakes. So there's that and then I'm also always trying new things. New things interest me. So when you try something new, you're not good at it, or you feel stupid, or something happens, and there's usually something that comes about, a story you can tell.

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