From a Comic Book Resources Interview. Would you have gravitated towards the internet or podcasts over movies if you were coming up today? Had a podcast existed at that point, I would never have made "Clerks" because me and Johnson were really big [Howard] Stern fans growing up and what not. That would be the dream job, a guy who literally sat around all day talking about his life, cracking on people, the same shit we did. And we were like, "He is paid so much money to do it." And even people on the show like Jackie the Jokeman once said, "I make a thousand dollars a week," and we were like, "Holy shit!" -- granted it was like 1986 -- "Holy shit! A thousand dollars a week?! Could you imagine being paid that much to talk to your friend?"