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Steve Martin

Lesson time 03:04 min

Meet Steve. He's one of the most accomplished comedians of all time, an acclaimed writer, actor, and musician. And now, he's your instructor.

Steve Martin
Teaches Comedy
Steve Martin teaches you everything from finding your comedic voice to nailing your act.


OK, MasterClass. MasterClass, yeah. Here we go. That's what I love to do. Yeah. OK. Here we go. Are we rolling? Hey. Welcome to Steve Martin's MasterClass. Let's try another one, right? I'm Steve Martin. Thank you for signing up for MasterClass. I'm Steve Martin. Oh, I said that. Well, let's get started. Honey, I won't be home early. I'll be doing the MasterClass. OK, here we go. Very essential to learn comedy. Of course, this, because, you know. Yeah. Learning a lot? Good. Hey, I have an idea too. Yeah, hold on. The old banjo. [BANJO MUSIC PLAYING] OK, I got it. [BANJO MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I'm Steve Martin, and welcome to your nonrefundable MasterClass in clawhammer banjo. Good choice. We're going to talk about a lot of things. We're going to talk about creativity in general. We're going to talk about the specifics of stand-up comedy and comedy in general. We're going to talk about performing, performing comedy. We're going to talk about editing. We're going to talk a little bit about writing. And what I'm hoping with this MasterClass is that you the student or observer can maybe pick up a little practical knowledge, but more so, be inspired. Know that there's room for you out there in the world. And know that, at least from my point of view, you don't have to have a special gift. I had no special gift, except I loved being on stage, and I loved comedy. And that's all I had. Hi, I'm Steve Martin, and this is my MasterClass.

A comedian walks into a classroom...

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.

I just wanted to know how someone in the business perceives being in the business. I think there were a lot of encouraging words of wisdom.

That was great -- a LOT more than I expected.

Loved it! Steve Martin is so engaging and a great teacher, not just for comedy but actors too

I absolutely loved this class. Such a pleasure to watch and learn. So grateful to Steve Martin and the production team for making such an incredibly high-quality product so accessible. Thank you!


Brian H.

Steve's book, "Born Standing Up," is one of the better celebrity autobiographies I've read. It really focuses on the showbiz aspect of his life (not just a lot of gossipy kiss & tell) and how his act evolved. Highly recommended!

Frank D.

I'm really excited to get started. I know I'll learn a lot from such a legend in the business. Here goes!

Kimberly M.

Hi, I'm Kimberly. I'm just starting your class. I'm a huge fan of your work. You should feel special because I'm taking your class first out of all of the celebrities and experts here. :) ha ha I love your acting and especially your writing. I have a ton of your movies and a couple of your books. Your book and movie Shop Girl helped me when I battled depression, so thank you so much for that. And all of your other movies make me laugh, of course. :) My main dream is to be a writer of books and movies. I love everything creative, so there might be a performer in me too. I saw your stand-up show with Martin Short at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, with my mom last year. I loved it. I think you're brilliant, and I'm so excited to learn anything from one of the great comedic giants! Wait. You're not that tall! And you don't have a beanstalk! (I know my giant joke was lame). Thank you so much for inspiring me with your work and for creating this class! Let the shenanigans begin. :)

Eric B.

Outstanding! I've been yearning to learn the claw hammer banjo for oh so long, and who better to teach it than Theodoric of York? By the way, I want to thank you for your advice on how to break up with women. It has served me well. So, so well. Hey, with the lock-down in full swing (though, you know, there's some dispute about that), we've decided to take up gardening. I attached a picture one of my spouses took to illustrate the point and so you can picture me while you're thinking about me, extensively. Cuz, you know, I'm sure you will. Like, yo.

Audrey R.

Love it. But why are there so many more classes and resources on the app than online?

A fellow student

I really enjoyed this course. I especially liked the constant discussion of editing, giving things time to develop, not rushing the process of writing, creating a character over time. This is a nice course!


Great class! I was compelled to watch "Father of the Bride" again, and forgot how great that movie is. Steve played that character brilliantly and was so funny. Thanks for sharing so much!


I will say that at least half of the content is applicable not only in comedy, but in the accomplishment of life goals. Steve Martin is a champion and he's giving a lot of gems in this class. Awesome!

Megan C.

I love Steve Martin and this was great. Performing standup for less than a year interested in what he thinks about "Virtual" comedy shows!

Sunil B.

I am already loving the opening. Will I be able to last without doubling over in laughter every minute? Someone help me.