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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.

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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.



Reviews

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

Love Steve Martin. Class was fun, inspiring and worth the time. He made us laugh. He made us think. Fun times. Good luck with your personal comedy.

From this class I learned how humble you have to be to do comedy well.

Helped a lot on story line thoughts and logic for newbie. Great job!

Good content I can put to use right away in my standup comedy. Steve is a very engaging and thoughtful instructor. I'll refer to the workbook (and my own notes) often.


Comments

Colin C.

I got the Steve Martin Teaches Comedy Masterclass as a Christmas gift. I watched the introduction and it has instantly changed my life. Since I started this class the sun has been shining brighter. When I went to my in-laws for family festivities I stopped at the Wawa on the way and women who usually wouldn't give me a second look started hitting on me. Honestly, it was a little uncomfortable since my wife was right there. Then, when I got to my in-laws, my mother-in-law gave me a pair of size 10 slippers. I immediately discovered I now need size twelve. And, we all know what they say about big feet, right? I checked. YES! Thanks to the Steve Martin Teaches Comedy MasterClass, that too! All that said, when I started watching the intro, I wasn't really engaged, then I quickly realized, hey, Mr. Walk Like An Egyption is breaking off golden nuggets left and right in the INTRO! I literally stopped it and got myself setup to take notes from the jump. Very excited about this class. My intention is to use this to help me ramp up the comedy in my comedy stage hypnosis show, "The Hypnosis is Amazing Show". My quest is to be half as good at comedy as I am at hypnosis. My show is a constant journey to deliver entertainment that is original, fresh and inspiring.

Michelle W.

Cheese Whiz! I tried to fill this in three times and the next lesson keeps popping up and wiping out everything I write! Lol. I'll get the hang of it. What I've been trying to say is that I'm not funny, but want to be, especially for an online project I have in mind. I'm excited to hear that Mr. Martin underlines what I've suspected; being funny is a skill that is learnable. Hallelujah!

JM

Hub link in the lesson didn't work. I found this tho: https://community.masterclass.com/c/Music-and-entertainment/sm-workbook

Thomas S.

My nonrefundable masterclass and claw hammer banjo was worth every penny! Love to laugh! I'm actually going through this lesson from a business and leadership perspective. There is tons of material in Steve's class that crosses multiple disciplines. Highly recommended!

A fellow student

The lesson PDF has a link to The Hub (https://community.masterclass.com/c/steve-martin-teaches-comedy?_branch_match_id=567144863940303223) 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!

Jishan B.

I want to be on stage...want to feel nervous when I am not on stage.... first masterclass....so 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!