JOHN LEE QUOTES

American television writer & producer (1972- )

Elmo doesn't grow. People show him something and he laughs. He doesn't learn a lesson. It's the exact opposite of what old "Sesame Street" used to do. Elmo has been learning the same lesson his whole life, which is that Elmo likes Elmo.

JOHN LEE, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 15, 2006

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Tags: Elmo


You can only suck up to a very finite number of people. A couple of slurps, and you're done.

JOHN LEE, interview, IndieWire, September 9, 2013

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We have too many answers. That's the problem with actors, they ask too many questions, and that's never been our problem because they just wanna get away from our answers. They're just like, "Can we just roll? Can you two just shut up and can we shoot it?"

JOHN LEE, interview, IndieWire, September 9, 2013

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Tags: actors


There's nothing to recognize about us. We're not on the screen or anything. That's the benefit of hiding behind children or CG actors or other actors--making them do your bidding. You hide in your cave like a creep and pull the puppet strings.

JOHN LEE, interview, A. V. Club, September 10, 2013

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Music is just a younger game. You have to go on tour and live in a van where you don't wash. If you're above 30 you can't. If you're over 30 and you're trying to still be in a rock band, you're just pathetic.

JOHN LEE, interview, IndieWire, September 9, 2013

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Tags: rock 'n' roll


People always think that we're the dregs and we're the trash and we're the bottoms of the pickle barrel, but we do all right!

JOHN LEE, interview, A. V. Club, September 10, 2013

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There's nothing that funny about failure.

JOHN LEE, interview, A. V. Club, September 10, 2013

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Tags: failure