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    • Stephen: It's easier to play a dim character, for me, because I have a natural bent for comedy. It's not intrinsic for me to be crafty, so I would have to go outside for a source of origin. I think of myself as pretty dim.

    • Stephen: It's fun to do voiceover work, although you still have to act. But it doesn't involve memorizing lines, and you don't have to dress up.

    • Stephen: I'm from New York, so I'm a big Howard Stern fan.

    • Stephen: I would have to say News Radio is the highlight of my career. I love the character so much.

    • Stephen: I don't aspire to direct like many actors. I would aspire most likely to do some writing, but I haven't had a chance to do that.

    • Stephen: I've always been a Sci-Fi guy you know... from the early '60s. I've always liked science fiction stuff, and I saw this little five-minute presentation of this great animation project and, you know, it went from there.

    • Stephen: I offer the fact that I am not astonishingly handsome, but I'm ok in my niche.

    • Stephen: On particularly long days, you go, ah, it would be nice if you could go flip burgers for a half a day, but I always know how lucky I am to be in the business. 95 percent of the industry doesn't work. That's the facts jack. So, I am very pleased with how my career has gone.

    • Stephen: In order for comedy to be funny you have to play the truth of the moment. But if you're not being completely truthful to the basis of the character, its not going to be funny.

    • Stephen: I'm not as interested in a big role as I am an interesting role. I would rather take a three minute bit in a great movie than do an entire terrible movie. I'm more interested in material than the size of the role.

    • Stephen: (About working with the Coen Brothers) It was thrilling. It was not a huge part but I don't care. Just working for the boys is an honor I think and I'd run over hot coals to work with them any time.

    • Stephen: I was a big comic book fan from 13 on. I always loved animation.

    • Stephen: (About working on NewsRadio) It's one of those few things in a lifetime things because none of us really were stars. Phil [Hartman] was, but most of us were just good character actors. It was one of those things where everything was going for the good of the show, the writers had the same sense of humor, the actors had the same sense of humor, we would write for each other on the floor. Even the interns could throw in a funny line because it was that free of an atmosphere. That just doesn't happen on 99.9 percent of sitcoms because they're so structured. Also what was unusual was that everybody could deliver. Everybody was fast.

    • Stephen: (On recording his role on Tripping the Rift) I actually record it at the same place where they do postproduction on King of the Hill. So I'm actually seeing King of the Hill stuff all around while I'm doing Tripping the Rift, it's funny.

    • Stephen: (About his role in the movie Crocodile Dundee 2) That was actually fun to do. He was great. He's a fun guy. That was a big break for me back then. I'd only been in a couple of movies at that point.