Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality.
I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.
Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.
Remember one thing about democracy. We can have anything we want and at the same time, we always end up with exactly what we deserve.
If Attila the Hun were alive today, he'd be a drama critic.