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Dave Barry says he chose writing humor for a living when he discovered it was a lot easier than working. It's a style of humor that surfaces quickly with just about any topic. Here are some excerpts from a half-hour interview I did with the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and author prior to his appearance at the Hospice of Central Pa Gala in early October.

1. Government shutdown:

"Yeah, things are ridiculous right now, but I think most people, the attitude is 'That's our government. They're always screwing up. I personally believe the main function of the Federal Government is to provide entertainment and material for people like me."

2. Political correctness:

"You always offend somebody. That's one rule of humor writing. If you're not offending somebody, you're probably not doing it well."

3. His blossoming teenage daughter:

"She went into the bathroom one day and, like, there was this hormonal explosion, and out came this woman! Tall, graceful, much more mature than I'm ever going to be. And, suddenly, as a dad, you feel much more protective. Way more protective. At least I did. There are boys around now. They're like squirrels. They just suddenly appear on your lawn."

4. Pulitzer prize pride?:

"The kind of writing I do, I still don't think of it as Pulitzer. You know, the people who win Pulitzers usually are doing something important.

5. Inherited humor:

"In our house, it wasn't about sports. It wasn't about a hobby. It was about humor. It was about making each other laugh. That was the highest points you got in our house, was to make somebody else laugh."

6. Loving his gig:

"I can write pretty much what I want to, and that's a wonderful thing. And, it's never really gone away, that feeling that, 'Boy it's great! I work at home. In my underwear. Or anybody's underwear, really."

7. Why his columns succeeded:

"Well, they're short and stupid. And that's what people liked."

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