Back in 1967 change in the air. Though he claims in his memoir that his studies, philosophy & ee cummings, both fascinated, excited, and baffled him, Steve Martin tried to alchemize from them a fresh new comedy. In a letter to his girlfriend he wrote, “I have decided my act is going to go avant-garde. It is the only way to do what I want.”
Commenting on that 40 year old assertion, Martin notes, “I’m not sure what I meant, but I wanted to use the lingo, and it was seductive to make these pronouncements.”
I suspect we pretend we know what we’re talking about at least as often as we really do. Sometimes that’s a problem. But mostly?
“I have learned,” Martin continues, “there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.”
source: Born Standing Up: a comic’s life by Steve Martin