Paul Rudnick

American playwright and screenwriter

Paul Rudnick (born December 29, 1957) is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist.


  • 1. If I should remain in a persistent vegetative state for more than fifteen years, I would like someone to turn off the TV.

Addams Family Values (1993)Edit

Main article: Addams Family Values
  • Wednesday (as Pocahontas): You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now, my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations; your people will wear cardigans and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the roadside; you will play golf and enjoy hot hors d'oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation; your people will have stick-shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They have said, "Do not trust the Pilgrims, especially Sarah Miller."
    Becky (as Sarah Miller): Gary, she's changing the words!
    Wednesday (as Pocahontas): And for all these reasons, I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground.
    • See also Rudnick (1993). Addams Family Values. Pocket Books. p. 75. 

I Shudder (2009)Edit

  • I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.
    • p. 51
  • There was a cable-TV program that documented how Peeps are made, and it showed unlimited hordes of Peeps bouncing merrily down a conveyor belt, right toward the camera. I came.
    • p. 106
  • And so I continue in borderline poverty, save for my one indulgence, no, my single absolute necessity: I take cabs. Yes, on occasion, when I wish to see what people with unpleasant skin conditions are wearing, I do take the subway. I have never, I am proud to say, taken the bus, because people who take the bus have given up.
    • p. 188
  • Whenever I stumble over my own feet, or blurt out a thought that makes no sense at all, or leave the house wearing one pattern too many, I always think, It's okay, I'm from New Jersey. I love New Jersey, because it's not just an all-purpose punch line, but probably a handy legal defense, as in, “Yes, I shot my wife because I thought she was Bigfoot, but I'm from New Jersey.”
    • p. 211

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