Show Business Quotes

I never thought of the Monkees negatively. The public rejection of the show and the band was hard to take but understandable. People were confused in those early days of TV, especially about what constituted authenticity, and there was a fear that corporate interests were at work and somehow manufacturing a hit.

You know, if you’re going to be honest with yourself, you have to admit that you go into show business wanting people to talk about you and wanting everyone to know who you are. But that also means there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don’t like you. No matter who […]

People have often asked me, ‘If you weren’t in show business, what would you be doing?’ The truth is I don’t think there’s anything else I could be doing, so the answer would have to be, nothing . . . I guess you could say I’m in the only business I could be in.

When I saw “Hamilton” I wrote, “It’s the best musical ever on Broadway (except for ‘The Producers’).” That’s how it is in show-business. It’s always, “You’re good – but you’re not me!”

I’ve wondered all my working life why people don’t retire in showbusiness, and it’s fairly simple. There’s nobody applauding at home, so we keep going.

Los Angeles is such a town of show business, and I’m a terrible celebrity. I find it difficult—it’s the beast that must be fed. There’s this big wheel of pictures and articles that goes around, and you get pinned on it.