And the biggest laugh is not always the best sign of brilliance, says Dick.
"To me, it's important to pursue topicality and relevance and maybe even controversy, but to do it with an underlying current of ethics and accountability—of responsibility," he says. "You know, there are some brilliant comics out there, but sometimes I am depressed when I leave the show. We cover a lot of sad reality, but you leave the show feeling good. I think that's important. It used to be, anyway."
He ain't heavy, he's my smother, photo by Jonathan Exley