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Steve Martin

Lesson time 2:55 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
In 25 video lessons, Steve Martin teaches you everything from finding your comedic voice to nailing your act.
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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.

Inspiring. Gave me a lot to think about in how I might start to formulate my first efforts at stand up and how I might edit my screenplays

Writing needs continuous editing and audience feedback!

It has helped me look at everything from new point of views. I think a lot of what he says about comedy is right on , but it's also a good class for writers and directors. His style is wonderful. I enjoyed it and got a great deal from it. I will watch it again.

Not just a course--Mr. Martin revealed the inner life of an artist. He spoke the unspoken. I am inspired and grateful.


A fellow student

The lesson PDF has a link to The Hub ( but that just leads to "Oops! That page doesn’t exist or is private." Is there an updated link?

Ian C.

I absolutely loved Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) when it came out 37 years ago and watched it again recently with my partner - she absolutely adored it too - it's timeless and brilliant. I'm so excited to start these lessons. Thanks Steve.

Joel Kirk R.

If I could be 1/2 as funny as you are all the time... I'd be extremely elated and grateful!

David G.

I’ve gone through all of Steve’s ( Mr. Martin , I should say, we’re not that tight yet) video lessons, student critiques, and his thoughts on comedy , and his insightful ideas on all kinds of comedic development. I kind of got caught up in his presentation and the intelligent , yet joyful , funny and accessible way he guides us through the various stages of the course. Now I am going to go back and work through the assignments. I have thoroughly enjoyed just listening to his take on humour and the world of comedy in general. For everyone just starting out, you’ll really enjoy yourselves!


I want to be on stage...want to feel nervous when I am not on stage.... first excited..

Rusty N.

So he started out with just 2 things? Well, I like comedy, but being on a stage terrifies me. Does that mean I'm already half the comedian Steve Martin is? ...WooHoo!

Cliff G.

Based on the intro, it seemed he was not prepared. None of the intro was funny and was simply smug. Hey, I'm teaching! Look at me. Hope it gets better.

Nate F.

I see what he did there. He set's up your expectations (oh boy this is pretty rough) and then delivers the punchline (Welcome to your non-refundable masterclass). Very well played sir!

Hannah M.

Brilliant intro - my favourite so far. I can't wait to dive in and learn the banjo!

Violet W.

I have loved watching anything Steve Martin since I was a kid so taking this class is a awesome experience for me. I love that he's eclectic and I love that after being a clown he summed up the most important thing in one sentence, the thing many on here, myself included, needed to hear right now. Thank you SM! Looking forward to the rest:)