The most influential thing was the two Chris Rock specials that came out when I was in high school. I was obsessed with that stuff.
You're doing it to make the character as specific as possible, so that it's a specific individual that you're talking about, not that whole class of people.
What I miss today more than anything else - I don't go to church as much anymore - but that old-time religion, that old singing, that old praying which I love so much. That is the great strength of my being, of my writing.
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