Whitney Cummings: (on holding back material) About a year ago, I was all about what people would say to me after a show. It used to be that people would come up to me and say, 'Oh my god, those are such good jokes, you're so funny.' And that used to be what was validating to me. But now, I've changed what I'm doing a little bit. So now the goal is to have people come up to me after a show and say, 'Oh my god, that's so true.' Because now I'm trying to write stuff that's more personal and stuff that's less elitist. I'm trying to connect more with people. I don't judge my audiences. I don't believe in audiences showing up and you telling them how stupid they are. I don't believe in someone paying $20 to get in, $40 for food, a two-drink drink minimum, not to mention parking. They could be paying $100 to come see you. I don't believe in, 'You guys are idiots.'
A non-comedian said this to me the other day: 'So doing stand-up is basically asking someone to pay you $20 to listen to you talk for an hour.' And I was like,' Yeah, I guess that sounds pretty fucking arrogant.' To go watch Meryl Streep or the biggest blockbuster movie that costs $200 million to make, they're only asking to pay $12. We're asking $20, plus everything else you have to pay for. Meryl Streep is only asking $12 at the theater. It's a big responsibility and I take it seriously. I never want anyone at any show I'm performing at to not get it, to not relate to it, or to feel stupid. It's really important to me that people don't come out of shows thinking, 'She thinks she's better than me.' I want to connect and respect that people made an effort to come out.