22 Surprisingly Motivational Nick Swardson Quotes

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Nick Swardson is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He has won the Acme Comedy Co.’s award for ‘Funniest Person in the Twin Cities’.

At the beginning of his career, Swardson starts acting and doing improv comedy when he was 16. He had his own show ‘Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time on Comedy Central’, The show lasted for two seasons. When he is not on set, he is performing stand-up comedy.

We’ve put together this collection of the best Nick Swardson quotes:


22 Surprisingly Motivational Nick Swardson Quotes

1. “I always thought that the fastest way for me to get ahead and get noticed and to do well was to make my act very accessible. When I first started, I talked about family stuff, my dog, my cat. It was all I knew back then; I wasn’t forcing anything, but I wasn’t like, Hey, don’t you hate doing homework?” – Nick Swardson

2. “I was always pretty good at adapting to my situations. My act was never that inside, where it was like, “Okay, they’re either going to get this or they’re not.” – Nick Swardson

3. “Improv plays such a huge role in finding great lines – you’ll be surprised at what comes out of your mind inadvertently. A lot of times it’s better than a script you’ve worked out ahead of time.” – Nick Swardson

4. “No one will ever be as good as Phil Hartman. He was such an amazing genius, and maybe the best sketch performer of all time.” – Nick Swardson

5. “For me, honestly, one of the first movies I did I was always pounding coffee, and I crashed so horribly. So I’ve kind of weaned myself off. You keep getting second and third winds. But for me, I’ve stopped doing energy drinks or any kind of stimulant. I just kind of go natural.” – Nick Swardson

6. “I was always pretty broad. I’ve had a couple bad experiences. One time, I showed up late for a gig in Brooklyn at an Italian restaurant. I ran on stage, did my show, and then some guy in the audience threatened to kill me because he didn’t like my joke. Instead of talking to him, I just ran off stage. And then, because I was late, the owner of the restaurant threatened to kill me. And I was 19 years old and so scared that I almost started crying. But, I’ve done every gig you can imagine, in every state.” – Nick Swardson

7. “Improv kind of goes hand in hand with what I do. I was on ‘Reno 911!’ for six years, and that was a completely improvised show.” – Nick Swardson

8. “Comedy is so subjective, you know what I mean? To sit there and technically pick it apart is so stupid.” – Nick Swardson

9. “I started in the club route. I did the alternative scene later on. When I lived in New York, I did the Luna Lounge and stuff, where Janeane Garofalo and David Cross and all those guys worked out of, but I came from a comedy club background. I’m proud of that background. I’m one of the people that really crossed over and did both.” – Nick Swardson


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10. “If you want to be a comedian, go out. Do a week in Des Moines, Iowa. Try to make those people laugh.” – Nick Swardson


11. “Most sketch aficionados have an enormous amount of respect for ‘Mr. Show.’ I didn’t have HBO back then, so I was always trying to find episodes. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross became celebrities, and Jay Johnston – who’s lesser-known, but brilliant – deserves a lot of credit, too.” – Nick Swardson

12. “When you live the life of a comedian, it’s such a state of arrested development. I can’t deal with anything very maturely. I’m still really bad at paying bills or doing anything that would be considered semi-adult. I’m really bad at it. It’s weird I can create and run a TV show, but I can’t pay my phone bill.” – Nick Swardson

13. “Babies are like the smallest, drunkest people you know.” – Nick Swardson

14. “I have no problem doing gay stuff, I really don’t care.” – Nick Swardson

15. “I’m developing more stuff in my voice, more Nick Swardson. It’s me as myself in a sense and kind of in my voice, no accent no affectation. I’m growing into my own persona.” – Nick Swardson

16. “It’s rare that I’ve read a script where I’m like, “Oh, my god, it’s hilarious!” All you want is a good skeleton and good characters. Then, you can go, “Okay, I can bring a lot to this. I can improvise and I can create something out of this.” – Nick Swardson

17. “The key to comedy is commitment – if you’re afraid, you shouldn’t be a comedian.” – Nick Swardson

18. “[Being a good comedian] is a skill, but it’s also a weird thing that only certain people can do. I always equate it to surgeons and how they can just cut people open and operate. Certain people are just wired differently, and I feel like comics are the same way.” – Nick Swardson

19. “I always write and create. I’m never not creating. I’m always creating a show, every year, whether it gets picked up or not. I always sell a pilot or an idea. I like to be in control.” – Nick Swardson


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20. “I would eventually like to write and star in my own stuff. I think I have a good comedic sense, so I’d like to follow that road. I don’t know what the future holds, but whatever I do, I’ll commit.” – Nick Swardson


21. “It’s hard to give someone advice when you’re an institution. I don’t really put a lot of pressure on it – I’m just open to doing stuff that’s challenging.” – Nick Swardson

22. “Once you realize you can make people laugh, it’s a superpower. When you’re really young, you don’t know how to use that power, so I would just say the meanest things I could to get a laugh. I was so awful. I would make fun of kids who didn’t deserve to get made fun of. I was just mean when I was really young. You don’t realize that you don’t have to be mean to be funny. But, it was something that I was just able to grow into.” – Nick Swardson



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