Chapter 1 of 25 from Steve Martin



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.

Topics include: Introduction to the class.

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.

Topics include: Introduction to the class.

Steve Martin

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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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 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 to the next level.

Watch, listen, and learn as Steve Martin shares wisdom from his five decades in comedy.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Steve will also critique select student work.


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

I horoughly enjoyed Steve's class. The format and content was very easy to watch, understand, and grasp major concepts. Comedy has been a passion of mine since I was a kid and this has given me so much more confidence to actually make it a reality.

I learned a lot of things that i can apply not only as a comedian but also in writting for comedy movies that was my first objective. Its really inspirational and it goes to the point, to what is important.THANK YOU!!

Steve Martin's Masterclass on comedy has inspired me to perform my first Open Mike Night at the local comedy club in Houston this month. This is something I've wanted to try for years, and I'm so excited to finally do it! Big thanks to Steve for all of the helpful tips and inspiration.

Great class to attend online. I enjoyed Steve Martins information on writing scripts and listening in on the groups comedy routines they created. Overall the class has awesome info on stand up comedy, writing, and testing out your act with people. The examples of showing Steve in his comedy routine helped to see what he is referring to in his teachings. Thank you.


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:)

David J.

When he said, "there's room for you," that really meant a lot to me. Thank you, Steve!

A fellow student

Loved the banjo bit! I wondered for a split second if I'd signed up for the wrong class. Brilliant. Then: "There's room for you out there." Wow. That's what I needed to hear. That's why I wanted to take this class from one of my favorite comedians ever. There's room for me out there, too. How cool is that?


First Impression, could you imagine Steve Martin ( or shall I say Mr.Martin ) as a Substitute Teacher? In one hand, we know he can do it, but in the other hand, what is the reality? Right, he would have to pull a Ms. Doughtfire ! The minute he steps foot on school grounds, BOOM! The Cell Phone Towers catch-fire! The local PD will mistake the surge in calls and or weirdness of an active comedian on school grounds for an active shooter. The scary thought, how will Mr.Martin respond with the SWAT officer tells him to freeze? Secondly, assuming he has an Arts degree, the OFFICIALS will be saying, "Oh, God, not another one of them!" Well , it has happened to me. A real, Dyslexic, Barrel full of Monkeys I am! ( < multiple meanings and wonderments )

Veronica J.

How cool is this?! I have been watching, Steve Martin, well, since Saturday night live... wearing "tuna fish sandwich, "Cruel Shoes," and on and on. I love that you maximize on your musicianship as well. I remembered being impressed waaaay back when I saw you play banjo in your comedic performances, and I thought "this is someone I really appreciate." I greatly look forward to learning from you. You are definitely "not like any other guy." So thank you for what you are offering us in your master class!

Jolene N.

Hola, from San Antonio I'm an author and love mixing humor with emotional reads. Looking forward to this Master class. Already off to a good start. There is room for everyone. I will be quoting Steve at the next small workshop I give to aspiring authors.

Jhershierra J.

I am only half way through the introduction and already I am smiling and chuckling to myself. I may just soak in all the lighthearted fun stuff Steve does along with learning his deep insights. I am not a comedian nor want to be. I am here to ' lighten up', be inspired, laugh and enjoy this wonderful man I have followed since the SNL days of my college years. My inspiration time is art, painting, drawing, writing and singing, music, of course mostly to myself...but thats okay.

A fellow student

I'm laughing already. Theres so much genius in the master class i hope i can be funny too.

Dianne B.

Wow, thank you Steve for taking time out to create this Master Class. I watch your class because of my admiration I have for you and all you have done and still continue to do. I appreciate even more now because I never realized what seemed effortless is really a lot of work in progress. The passion you have for your craft inspires even us non comedians. I’m a beginner children’s picture writer, you have inspired me. Your fan for many decades, Dianne


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.