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

I am not a comedian, nor am I a writer. I try to be exactly what Steve Martin suggested early in the class, a polymath. There is so much to learn and everything has it's own complexities. This was a wonderful class and it gave me great insight into comedy.

Really interesting. Very engaging delivery and cool insights. Thanks!

I've learned how to be more precise with writing. Steve Martin is the master of the twist of the unexpected. Importance of relaxation

Mr. Martin was incredible in this class. He has even inspired me to do stand-up again - something I thought I'd never want to do. I loved the breadth of information he offered, and the way he presented it. Thank you to all who were involved in making this class happen. I will truly use what I've learned, and I look forward to revisiting these classes again when I need inspiration.


Comments

Laura

I didn't take this course to be a comedian but to understand human fallibility and find my way through it. I sense the vulnerability of comedy and the people who have the guts to put themselves out there. Bravo, Mr. Martin! You made (make) me laugh and see the world in a different way.

Yunus

I did exactly what Steve said, phoned my friend or lets say whatsapp'ed her, to talk about every useful thing I could get out of this brilliant man's lovingly prepared lessons. The biggest lightning level information was, hearing first-hand from Steve that it takes 8-9 years of low level work in a subject before one is cooked well enough to attract the big public channels of fame. In our case it was about being an enterpreneur. The take is, an enterpreneur needs 8-9 years of struggle and running about before he or she becomes clean enough, experienced enough, focused enough, etc etc. And this duration of caprice vomiting, of self torturing, of head banging on walls, it is needed, at least for the average Joe. It should not be stopped by the loved ones. If he wants to sell pet food for ants to get rich, if this is his idea, you have to let him do it. It has to come out and be experienced. Thank you Steve, you changed 2 lives here. I hope for the better :) :) :)

GIRARDEAU

Oh, and I forgot to say: "You're beautiful", like Marianne faithful sings it in her ballad of Lucy Jordan, and I thank you.

GIRARDEAU

I haven't heard English for a long time and it is why I chose this site of master class., and also many more reasons, but I realized I was understanding nearly nothing. Above all men , my dear Steve Martin, I thought he was fluent, I mean, he was speaking too quickly, not opening his mouth so that I could catch something. So I was really depressed, and wandered if I could learn anything at all from those speeches...But as I am nearly on holidays for all my life now, not really rich I have to work, but work at 63 here is just a joke( not like in the US where age doesn't count so much), here passed 60 ,you are dead, or perhaps in a coma. So I decided to listen to Jane Goodall who remembered me my grand-mother.And slowly I began, to understand better, and better.And now after one week( it's because you name it that I know it is one week,( otherwise I could have listened to her for all my life); Now, I understand better, and I really like the stories, the specific teaching of Steve Martin, I listened to it twice, and I am going to listen him a third time, (now that I watched so many particular words he said like quirks, bombing, etc..in the dictionnary). I progressively, feel this energy emerging from you American people, this energy I missed so much in all my life. I thank me for having me given this present for Christmas.I'll send the classes to my child who doesn't want to learn English, and I am sure God will make him listen to these Wonderfull master classes.Please god , help him, as you helped me!

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Steve Martin was breathtaking. I loved each one of his videos. he gave real life experience, no cliches. Steve you are amazing, thank you eternally.

Jenny F.

Simply amazing. I'm grateful to Steve Martin for doing this, for sharing the way he did, for teaching the way he did. Brilliant.

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.