Let Steve Martin Teach You How to Be Funny

Michele Debczak
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When he isn’t sporting a plastic arrow on his head, Steve Martin wears many hats. He’s been an author, actor, musician, and, most famously, a stand-up comedian. Now the 71-year-old can add virtual professor to his resume. Beginning today, April 18, students can enroll in a comedy class taught by one of the biggest names in the business.

The course, available through the digital education platform MasterClass, covers the fundamentals of comedy. For $90 students will receive lifetime access to 25 video lessons, all led by Martin. Some of the topics he delves into include jokes and bits, nerves and hecklers, and finding your comedic voice. Students will have the opportunity to upload their own videos for classmates to review, with a lucky few receiving feedback from Martin himself.

“One of Steve’s first gigs was at the drive-in movies. When the audience liked a joke, they honked,” the class description reads. “In this class, Steve shares insights from performing for cars and humans over a 50-year career spanning sold-out arenas and blockbuster films.”

Martin is just the latest instructor to join MasterClass’s star-studded staff. Hans Zimmer, Aaron Sorkin, and Werner Herzog are a few of the other professors teaching classes in their fields.