For other lessons and stories from the comic/actor/musician/writer, listen to today’s Fresh Air interview with Steve Martin.
(Steve Martin’s Twitter profile photo.)
On tap for today: Steve Martin. While we won’t hear about it on the show, the actor, comic, writer, and banjo-player joined Twitter in 2010 and now has over 3 million followers. He’s collected his funniest Tweets and some of the best responses from followers in a book, which you can learn more about in this NPR interview.
Below is a sampling of recent Martin tweets:
Can you believe I was arrested for wanting to watch Oprah? And I found out later she wasn’t even home.
Drank 32 oz. soda and now moving on to heroin
It was night. Not the kind of night where the sun has set, but a night like a chicken hunkering down on a clutch of fresh quail eggs.
In legitimate armed robbery, females have a way of not losing their stuff.
Sometimes it is correct to use three semicolons: Jamie, my brother, and I got in the canoe ;;;.
Steve Martin on Fresh Air. Enjoy!
Be courteous, kind and forgiving. Be gentle and peaceful each day Be warm and human and grateful And have a good thing to say Be thoughtful and trustful and childlike Be witty and happy and wise Be honest and love all your neighbors Be obsequious, purple and clairvoyant Be pompous, obese and eat cactus Be dull and boring and omnipresent Criticize things you don’t know about Be oblong and have your knees removed Be tasteless, rude and offensive Live in a swamp and be three dimensional Put a live chicken in your underwear Get all excited and go to a yawning festival OK, everybody.
— Comedian Steve Martin, in verse on his first album “Let’s Get Small” replayed on an interview on Fresh Air, January 1, 2009.