Best Quotes from Chris Lilley

I’m interested in youth culture – when your parents are running your life, but you think you’re the big man – but I’m not trying to make a statement.

Chris Lilley

I’m pretty lucky. I don’t get too many haters.

Chris Lilley

I’m not interested in being one of those comedians who wants to look good and be this ‘cool’ funny person. I don’t care how weird or ugly I look.

Chris Lilley

Australia has a thing where apparently it’s fine for me to dress up as an Asian woman. No one has questioned that.

Chris Lilley

It’s barely OK for me to be dressed up as a black guy. But part of me kind of enjoys provoking people.

Chris Lilley

I don’t just want to upset people and shock people by saying something really outrageous.

Chris Lilley

I get asked to do stupid things like panel shows and talk shows and things.

Chris Lilley

British comedy fans go crazy.

Chris Lilley

I’m so independent in writing stuff and controlling what I do. Sometimes I get calls from people asking to be in their movie, but I’m always writing or editing, and I can never get around to doing it. I’m so much more interested in my own stuff. I think I drive my agent crazy.

Chris Lilley

I feel really qualified to write about Australia.

Chris Lilley

I think surprises make TV entertaining.

Chris Lilley

It takes me ages to write stuff.

Chris Lilley

I find teenage girls endlessly funny.

Chris Lilley

Films do seem prestigious and glamorous, but when you create something, you want people to see it. TV still reaches so many more people; it still really appeals to me.

Chris Lilley

It’s pretty awful being told you’re a racist.

Chris Lilley

I like playing all sorts of ages and genders.

Chris Lilley

Mostly, what I watch are reality shows and documentaries.

Chris Lilley

I’m not a big comedy show-watcher, but I love Ricky Gervais’ stuff and Sacha Baron Cohen’s things. But I’m not an expert on them. I’ve seen them once.

Chris Lilley

When I wrote ‘We Can Be Heroes,’ I was just so excited about the concept of playing loads of characters, and a television series allows you to do that.

Chris Lilley

I’m totally not media shy and do interviews all the time and go to events and totally play along and actually enjoy talking to journalists most of the time.

Chris Lilley

You can’t get any better than TV on HBO, ABC and BBC3.

Chris Lilley

Playing girls is cool, but its a lot more fun playing boys.

Chris Lilley

I met Kim Kardashian in a nightclub once, and she was really nice. Kanye was with her, but he didn’t speak. He just looked at me.

Chris Lilley

I’ve done signings where elderly people will line up to get photos with me and ask me to sign things. They don’t even pretend it’s for their grandkids. They’re like, ‘No, it’s for me.’

Chris Lilley

People were making fun of redheads before I came along.

Chris Lilley

I would love to play a British character one day. My accent wavers between Scottish and Irish very easily, though.

Chris Lilley

I just do what I think is funny and what’s exciting to me.

Chris Lilley

I like the boundaries, the kinds of conventions of a documentary and having to work within that.

Chris Lilley

I’ll probably be still playing a school girl when I’m 60.

Chris Lilley

I’ve met big-name actors doing Hollywood films, and they’ve said that all they want is an in at HBO and their own show.

Chris Lilley

I never like to think of any character as being over. I’m always thinking of different ways of bringing them back.

Chris Lilley

In Australia, I’m built up as this comedy hero, which was never my intention.

Chris Lilley

I find myself believing everything that journalists tell me.

Chris Lilley

When I was in school, I was always writing scripts and dressing up as characters. I’d constantly be that guy who’d get up on stage. I used to write imaginary TV shows, like soap operas, for fun.

Chris Lilley

You feel the pressure of going to university because you need a back-up plan, which is why I enrolled.

Chris Lilley

I don’t like to analyze what I do too much, but I certainly never meet a single person and say, ‘You’re the next character.’ People think that’s what I do. They also think that I sit down and observe and try to imitate random people. I’ve never done that at all.

Chris Lilley

I went to a private boys’ school, and we had girls in the last two years.

Chris Lilley

I really like Jeff Lewis and ‘Flipping Out’ and ‘Interior Therapy.’ I don’t know why I’m obsessed with American real estate and renovation.

Chris Lilley

I think after doing a few shows now, people are ready to put me down.

Chris Lilley

If you over-think, it affects things too much; I work instinctively, like painting in a way. Think too much, and you ruin everything.

Chris Lilley

I find actors a little bit too self-conscious.

Chris Lilley

I’ve never been a 16-year-old girl.

Chris Lilley

To be honest, after all the crap that happened with ‘Summer Heights High,’ I was like, ‘I’m not going to write anything controversial or edgy ever again; I just can’t handle the blame.’

Chris Lilley

People are always nice; I never get anything mean said to me on the street.

Chris Lilley

I feel like I’m so normal. So normal it’s boring.

Chris Lilley

I have a massive guilt thing about money.

Chris Lilley

I think my parents had a hard time dealing with me.

Chris Lilley

I didn’t do very well academically; I was always in the bottom class.

Chris Lilley

I’m not really a management-type person. It doesn’t suit my personality to be bossing people around.

Chris Lilley

I was sure ‘Summer Heights High’ would be a cult ABC thing; I had no idea it would be such a big hit.

Chris Lilley

I get bored with the constant probing for the cliched tears of the clown, the dark side of the comic.

Chris Lilley

Fans feel they know me, so they want me to be on-the-spot funny, and it’s hard to fulfil their expectations.

Chris Lilley