From Steve Martin's MasterClass

Final Thoughts

Steve concludes his class by offering some parting advice and words of inspiration.

Topics include: Steve's parting thoughts and conclusion to the class.


Steve concludes his class by offering some parting advice and words of inspiration.

Topics include: Steve's parting thoughts and conclusion to the class.

Steve Martin

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I think when this class is done, depending on your personal interest-- let's say you're interested in comedy or performing stand-up comedy, and maybe you've made a couple of notes, and maybe you've been inspired, I'd say phone a friend. Someone with the same interest, and go over what you're talking about, what may be you picked up. I don't call it learning because the learning is going to take place on stage and in practice. But pitch those ideas around. I love the idea of collaborative schmoozing with people, with similar interests, and similar willingness to explore things at a little bit of a deeper level, because that inspires you. When you get a manifesto and you get a premise to work on and to apply to yourself, it's fun. Find the smallest place where you can go. Maybe it's a cub scout meeting, maybe it's something where there's a festival going on, find a little place to get up, talk to people. Always make it very small, at first. Very small, where the loss won't be taken so hard, because it is going to be tough. I always picture someone in a club at the lowest ebb of their career, kind of fighting against depression, and the response that isn't there, and the people talking, and the crash glasses, and I always have such a deep respect for comedians. I feel like I have an empathy with them. And I feel I could walk up, and go, I know, and they go, yeah. There's many people who have gone before, and gone are going through exactly what you did, so you have allies. You have allies while you're on stage, who have experienced the very thing you're doing, and have survived. I close the first chapter of my autobiography and just about this thought-- how difficult it is doing stand-up comedy because being alone onstage is the ego's last stand, and that's what you're taking on. No one is more vulnerable than a stand-up comedian standing alone. The one thing I'd like you to walk away with, as a student, is that it can be done. Whatever your level of talent is, it can be overcome, and overcoming a lack of talent often makes you unique, you're filling in. Instead of conventional singing, you're going to sing in a different way. Instead of conventional dancing, you're going to dance your own way. In fact, conventional is not so good, and that there will be room for you. The stage is always changing. It's always in flux. People come in, people go out, they're famous, or not famous, they move on, and you can be waiting in the wings there if you prepare yourself artistically, talent-wise, and be in the right place at the right time, which you can manipulate. I've really enjoyed doing this Masterclass with you. I hope you've gotten something out of it, whether it's something you can use, or something that will inspire you, and I hope that one day, if you have great success, you'll pass it along to someone else. Bye. OK, buddy here we go. [MUS...

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One of Steve’s first gigs was at the drive-in movies. When the audience liked a joke, they honked. In this comedy class, Steve shares insights from performing for cars and humans over a 50-year career spanning sold-out arenas and blockbuster films. Learn how to find your voice, gather material, develop an act, and take your comedy writing to the next level.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Loved him in his time. The class exercises failed in my opinion

So great to get a glimpse of Steve's creative process, and great to see how genuinely enthusiastic his is about comedy. Most impressed by eggplant colored suit.

i learned to trust myself more that there is funny in there.

Compile your thoughts, get them down, edit, edit, edit, test, edit some more. Keep notes on things that are funny and work them into bits.


Tracy S.

A word of encouragement, after I completed this class, and the class with Judd Apatow, I sat down and wrote my first comedy screenplay, entered it in competition via Coverfly, and "Girl, You Better Chill," made the top 20 for Comedy Short Screenplay on the Coverfly RED LIST: So for all of you wannabes like me—keep at it! Keep plugging away, and KEEP WRITING!!!! To Steve Martin and Judd Apatow, a HUGE thank you, I couldn't have done this without your classes—THANK YOU!

Anwar A.

I am feeling like a friend has stopped talking to me on this last session. Thanks Steve, your thoughts and advice, were delivered so nicely and with a real human understanding. Very, very much appreciated. x

korinne N.

Well done, Steve. I have an added admiration for you, your work and your art. I will never be a comedian, however it was still a good use of my time to listen and learn from you. (I have played a little banjo though!) :-)

A fellow student

Grateful for these videos with Steve! I can't stop gushing about it to all my creative friends.

Kristen R.

I've watched about 6 complete Master Classes, this was by far my favorite....with Malcolm Gladwell a second. Steve is so insightful, down-to-earth, and realistic. Fantastic.

Andrea S.

I really enjoyed this class! Thank you so much! I am a comedian and writer in Austria - but I've stopped after the death of my partner... because as you said: You are very vulnerable on stage alone - and grieving I felt too vulnerable to do it... But this class was so inspiring ... I think... "I'll be back".. :-)

Lily O.

I have loved Steve Martin since childhood. Just listening to his class (i am a filmmaker, not a comedian) fills my heart, as if he were in my living room talking to me directly. I wholeheartedly loved this. It is so pleasant to experience an instructor who is so real, so honest, so thorough, and so completely freaking funny. This was worth the cost of the year membership. I loved it!

Gregory D.

I loved this class. It was wonderful to see Steve Martin perform at Foxwoods last weekend.

Gene G.

I’m writing plays - not really comedy. I’m also a banjo picker so it was just fun and inspiring hanging out with Steve for a few days. Thanks ! Great!


Thanks so much for your generous and thoughtful lessons. It’s remarkable how much of what you have said also applies to my field - visual arts. And thanks for the banjo tune at the end.....