“To me, it’s a victory over my whole life that I can do stand-up. The way that I got abused as a child was psychological, and when I’m onstage I’ve taken my life and I’ve turned it around. I’ve gone, You’ve made me this way and now you can’t get me. I even like hecklers because it’s like, Just try to be funnier than me, motherfucker. I like it when they’re mean to me, too, because then it’s my mother and my father sitting out there trying to get me one more time. And they won’t. They will never get me. Never.”

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