My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were all funny, and I felt that energy, that delivery, that timing, that sarcasm. All that stuff seeped into my brain.— Jeff Ross
The most controversy Jeff Ross quotes that will activate your inner potential
Do you want me to apologize after every joke? If it doesn't offend somebody it's probably not a joke. It's probably an observation that's not funny. It's gotta offend somebody somewhere.
I've actually tried to roast somebody that I don't like, and it doesn't go well.
Either they're a bad sport or I'm not as funny as I could be.
How is it possible that Courtney Love looks worse than Kurt Cobain?
Comedy comes from pain, and no one knows that better than this woman Roseanne Barr—who was molested as a child. Uch. That poor molester. Roseanne never got over it. She felt violated. She had trust issues. She never got the candy he promised her.
My life and my career have been a series of happy and not so happy accidents.
I usually have sex to my stand-up comedy album. Power move.
I had a life experience that most of my - that none of my friends had.
I remember I became everybody's rabbi. Everybody who needed advice would talk to me, and it became an obvious thing.
Comics just don't retire. They either die young or they go to 100.
It really bothers me when some people say that all cops are racist.
Of course that's not true. Most of you are just [expletive] to everybody.
As soon as you start analyzing comedy is when the world starts to fall apart, and we're second guessing it. And we are way too sensitive.
My parents passed away when I was a teenager, so I had to learn different survival techniques, I think, in comedy. You know, using comedy as a pressure release, as a release valve in life really kept my sanity.
I've always liked cops, as much as you can like a group of people, you know? Sure, I've been hassled, but I'm a white dude - privileged.
Life is tough, and if we don't laugh, we're going to - our head will explode.
Life has to keep going, so you can either be a victim the rest of your life and let it drag you down into drugs and alcohol and depression or you can turn it into something good, fun even, you know, and I tell young people who are going through depression that this might be the most important time of your life. This might be what makes you a great artist later on.
I don't think it's unfair to have writers.
I think if you're going to do a roast on television, as if you were doing a play or you were reading a script of a movie, you would have the best possible material. And those are the people who score, the people who are willing to listen to the roasting experts and then come out there and own that material.
I like to roast things from the inside out. I like to know what's going on.
You know, sometimes I worry, you know, is comedy and my type of comedy going to get stale? Is it going to be so offensive that it becomes uninteresting or so niche that I don't have an audience anymore? But it keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger, where roasting now is a movement. These roasts are on in India, in Mexico.
Maybe I'm corny, but I'm a big believer in second chances.
Comedians a lot of times we're on the road, we're by our self.
We come home to New York to our empty one-bedroom apartment, you know, and we need a place to go where you see a bunch of other miserable people sit around and eat a corned beef sandwich.
I think Jersey stands alone, and because I'm from Jersey, I never make fun of where people are from. I'll make fun of what they look like, but I'll never make fun of where they are from. Jersey is special.
Before you can be all deprecating it's helpful to be self-deprecating.
People are not afraid to be very direct with police.
And I think that's part of the problem is that people are angry at the cops and then the cops are stressed out and they, you know, pay it backwards, so to speak.
South Park called...they want their everything back.
Charlie Sheen is to stand-up what Larry Flynt is to standing up.
I'm pretty careful about the things I say ahead of time.
I'm thoughtful about not going too far. The only thing you can do occasionally is be too much.
Last time I was in Canada Celine Dion had just given birth to identical twins.
Which is quite an achievement given her age and face.
The good thing about a jail show is nobody gets up and walks out.
In Boston where community policing is so important, they don't necessarily have to like each other, but they know each other. The cops in Boston make it their business to get out of their vehicles, to engage the public, to walk around the neighborhoods. They live in the community that they police. And I think these things help.
Sometimes during my set I invite volunteers up on stage to get speed-roasted and I'm worried that I may have hundreds of people rushing the stage all at once. Luckily I'm a black belt in karate and I can fend them off.
You have such a huge career ... behind you.
Life is short. You have to be able to laugh at our pain or we never move on.
Instead of running for President, why don’t you try walking on a treadmill?
When I see a good singer, I get teary-eyed.
Part of it is jealousy because all comedians are frustrated rock stars. That's a fact.
I would vote for you for President but I'm against big government.
Ninety percent of all prisoners in all jails get out some day.
So why not give them a little levity in what's otherwise a very dark life?
My own personal rule is to tell jokes that I think the person I'm making them about can laugh at, to go home and tell their family, oh, my gosh.
It's very rare that an older comedian sort of slips into an old-school clunker.
You know, you don't hear too much of that anymore.
With everybody having a Facebook and a Twitter, I feel like regular people consider themselves stars. It's a live, real-time upload of every time we buy a pair of socks, the most telling sign that we're losing our politeness. When you know everything about somebody, you can talk to them any way you please.
I can't defend someone else's jokes. I can only defend my jokes, and I have to live with my own jokes.
I want the roast to be like a party where everybody goes and has a good time.
The real question is how do you stay funny in your 70s and 80s? And that's a real accomplishment, you know, the longevity.
My best friend is disabled. There's nothing he hates more than being left out of the jokes, to be treated with kid gloves. That's the insult.