Steve Martin

Steve Martin

Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and musician. Since the 1980s, having branched away from comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, as well as an author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player, eventually earning him an Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards, among other honors.

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Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.

Love is a promise delivered already broken.

I feel good about being able to take bluegrass on to television like 'Letterman' and 'The View ' and I've heard nice things about being able to do that. I really haven't felt any negativity toward me or my music.

What I mean is that none of my talents had a - what's that great word - rubric. A singer an actor a dancer - there was nothing I could really say I was. The writing came much later. And actually thank God because if I had said I'm a singer I would really have just had one thing to do.

You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do.

No matter how many times people say it - 'Oh I'm just writing this for myself' 'Oh I'm just doing this for myself' - nobody's doing it for themselves! You're doing it for an audience. So whether I'm performing or writing a book or playing music it's definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way definitely.

With comedy you have no place to go but more comedy so you're never off the hook.

I loved to make people laugh in high school and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I'm sure that's some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved so there's a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out.

I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning four years were spent refining and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic.

Well today the Grammys is much much better than the Oscars. I think the differences in the shows are that the Grammys are much wilder. The Oscars is much more people in the industry. And people dress wilder I think at the Grammys.

I think I did pretty well considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.

When I first started doing my comedy act I just desperately needed material. So I took literally everything I knew how to do on stage with me which was juggling magic and banjo and my little comedy routines. I always felt the audience sorta tolerated the serious musical parts while I was doing my comedy.

You know what your problem is it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.

I just believe that the interesting time in a career is pre-success what shaped things how did you get to this point.

I got a flue shot and now my chimney works perfectly.

The bluegrass community... can be very strict. I didn't know if I'd be welcomed into the bluegrass community or not but I think they judge you very fairly... I felt really welcome.

Nothing I do is done by popular demand.

Hosting the Oscars is much like making love to a woman. It's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal is out of town.

I think there are people out there writing original bluegrass songs, but it's hard to get them out on the air.

I thought 'Borat' was a breakthrough comedy because it was really funny. It wasn't some studio-produced script with 14 writers.

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