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Q: Are you leaving stand-up?

A: If this works, I will not leave stand-up until I do one more HBO special bigger than the last one—and the last one was 14,000 live. My goal is to do the next one at the United Center in Chicago in front of 18,000 people. That would be my exit plan. And that might be three years.

But stand-up is a great thing to always have because you can generate so much. Not only new material, but it's comfortable to you. I've been doing it since I was 18. I've never done anything since I was 18 that I was really good at. So I'd hate to leave it, because it feels like somebody that's always been with me, that was always looking out for me.

And I've made quite a life for myself just with the ability to write on a blank piece of paper. So I'd hate to just abandon it because I think it deserves more respect than that.

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