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Final Thoughts

Steve Martin

Lesson time 5:08 min

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

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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.



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

I was able to use a lot of the subjects / discussion in my comedy troupe. I tended to share a lot of what Steve shared to make my troupe, and my own comedy better. Hey I even tried stand-up for the first time....thankfully it was successful.

i learned a lot through this class, Steve was a great teacher and very funny too, if i had to say only one sentence about this class i would say, this is the best non- refundable class you could ever have.

This class has reminded me time and time again that I have not made it yet.

I watched this one just for fun. And boy, mission accomplished.


Comments

Annamaria F.

I took this course because one morning the first thing my non-mobile husband said to me was "my toilet is stopped up." It didn't start my day well. Thank you for starting my days well these past few weeks, Steve. I've enjoyed every minute from beginning to end. Even though I'll never be a comedy performer in this life, it's helped me to see my current life, which seems more like the clown skewered with arrows, to be much more survivable and joyful!

Matthew B.

Thanks Steve Gonna try and get to one of your shows with Martin Short soon

Candace C.

Hey Steve- Well done. I would have paid the entire 180 fee just for this course. Yes I would have. I think I paid more than that to sit in the front row center seat in the show you did in Wichita Kansas a few months ago. You and Martin were amazing. I grew up on your comedy and SNL and it was great to finally see you up close and personal and man you are in good shape for a fella your age! Martin should take a few notes. ( Well I actually did see you at the Dallas airport years ago but I didn't bug you at all when I did, but I told all my friends. (Wasn't that nice of me?) I thought you might find it interesting that I will use your tips in my own completely off-the-wall-woo-woo profession of metaphysical and spiritual healing and past life regression. 1. Because this niche needs some levity and laughs. 2. You'd be fascinated at all the cross over I see between my work and yours. Or maybe you wouldn't. I don't know, but I'd like to think you'd understand. If it helps, I am also an artist- a painter. I see all the connections. Thank you Mr. Martin. Your generocity and kindess shine through all you do. Stick around another 3 decades or so, will ya? Thanks.

Bret

I admire Steve immensely. Listened to his early albums, have seen most of his movies and read most of his books. He's original, clever, intelligent, thoughtful and hilariously funny. Thoroughly enjoyed his class.

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: https://writers.coverfly.com/the-red-list?format=Short&genre=Comedy&range=year&h=61854 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".. :-)