Steve Martin On How To Be A Comedian

“The goal is not to be good — it’s to be great. The idea is to have the audience leave, and say, ‘You’ve got to see this.’ You have to work backwards from that result.”

When a comedy legend opens up and shares his perspective about how to be funny and how to build a creative career, it’s worth paying attention to.

In this New York Times interview with Steve Martin, he discusses everything from his obscure early influences, to how to construct a stage persona, to why people want their own generation of comedy.