Great Quotes From Former Bosses

  • “Not everyone gets promoted to busboy. You gotta prove yourself on the dish line first. Only the best make busboy.”
  • “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”
  • “You get an hour for lunch, but try to be back in 45 minutes so the person covering your register can take their hour.”
  • “Write whatever you want. Nobody listens to that crap anyway.” (Referring to “coming up next” narration over the end credits of a TV show or movie)
  • “We want spots with a real cum-in-your-face feel to them.”
  • “The good news is, I can hire you. The bad news is, I can’t pay you.” (And I said yes. It was my first TV job and I wanted to break in. A month later they started paying me.)
  • “I don’t want to hear the phones ringing three or four times! You guys should answer them before they even ring.”
  • “I like the spot. I don’t really like the script or the music, and the VO is awful, but otherwise it’s fine.”
  • “You didn’t show enough enthusiasm at the staff meeting. Everyone else seemed really into it.”
  • “Where do you see yourself in five years?” (“Porkin’ your widow,” I wanted to say.)
  • Not long after I started working at TBS back in ’93, the president of the network called all the on-air employees into a meeting for a big announcement. This was a rare event. TBS was already a big network, and we almost never saw the Big Man himself. So off we all trotted up to the plush third-floor executive conference room, about 20 of us. “I wanted you all to hear the news before the official announcement went out. I’m very excited.” His tone was serious; this was obviously something huge.”We’ve just acquired a fantastic sitcom. We expect big things from it, and it will be the cornerstone of our new afternoon comedy block. The show is… Charles In Charge.”
  • “Efforts depend on individuals, but results rely on mere conditions.” ~ Anuj Somany