A Lesson In How To Be Funny With Stevie Martin

Can anyone be funny? We spoke to comedian and writer Stevie Martin to get the low down on lols, imposter syndrome and her brand new solo show, Vol. 1…

How do you become a stand up comedian?

It feels like there are two main ways people become comedians: because it’s something they’ve always dreamed of, or by accident. I fall into the latter camp. When I was at university, my friend’s boyfriend was in the university sketch troupe (The Durham Revue) and they were auditioning. I said I didn’t want to do it. Then I got quite drunk, did the audition drunk, got in, had a lovely two years but couldn’t see it as a career path so became a journalist, then three years later realised I missed doing it so much that I started a sketch group on the side of my 9-5. Now I’m a comedian, but I never say I’m a comedian because I find it incredibly embarrassing. I say I’m a writer which is true, just not the WHOLE truth.

Can you force funny AKA can anyone be funny?

I think anyone can be funny, but being “funny” on stage is definitely an art form that’s completely different from being a great laugh in the pub. Audiences are ruthless and totally changeable – so much depends on the vibe in the room, rather than the actual material. In Edinburgh last year, I performed Vol. 1 every night for a month and every single night the room would respond differently to different bits. If I mess up a joke during a short ten-minute set at a mixed bill gig (with lots of different comedians), it takes a long time to gain an audience’s confidence back and make them laugh again. If I come out really strong, I can stutter over a bunch of lines later on and it won’t affect anything because I’ve already got their confidence. I find that stuff really interesting and, when you get it right, it’s definitely the most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. And I once held my breath for a minute in exchange for ten pogs (I nearly fainted, I was eight, it was exhilarating).

Where do your ideas come from?

I always felt like an imposter because in my head I should be sat 9-5 writing, like when on a deadline for an article. Thing is, I can go ages without having any good ideas at all, and then in one night write half an hour of material that works, without any idea where it’s come from. I don’t know about anyone else’s brain, but my brain works in bursts – I just have to arrange my life so that I’m able to catch the bursts when they come out. That sounds gross….

The thing that gives me the most inspiration for ideas is watching other shows, not just comedy but plays, musicals, any sort of performance. For some reason, seeing someone doing something on a stage just unlocks ideas, and those ideas are never anything to do with what I’ve just seen. I think everyone has their own way, and every way is much more annoying and difficult than you presume it will be. It’s very rare that I’ll suddenly think of a fully formed joke or sketch, I usually brainstorm until something pops up that makes me think “Oooh that would be fun to do” and then it either is, or I perform it to silence in which case, into the “Let’s never think about that again” box it goes.

How would you sum up your first solo show, Vol. 1?

The idea is that it’s an hour of beginnings for all types of shows. From horror plays to stand-up, to the first few minutes of a séance. Nothing outstays it’s welcome and it’s basically all jokes and me throwing myself around for the audience’s entertainment.

Why should we come and see it?

Because it’s pure escapism, I won’t be mentioning Brexit or Donald Trump, and because of the sheer volume and variety of jokes I’m genuinely convinced that everyone will laugh AT LEAST twice. MINIMUM.

What advice would you give an aspiring comedian?

Book a gig, or put on a night with a few mates in a comedy-friendly room above a pub and just do it. The first time you do it, if you’re anything like me, you will try to cancel four times and your friend who runs the gig will refuse to allow you to cancel and then you’ll go to the toilet 700 times and not be able to eat anything all day. Then you’ll do it and feel like someone just injected the sun into your heart because, even if nobody laughs, YOU DID IT. And the next time will slightly (very slightly) better, and then the next time and the next time until you’re a year in and you only go to the toilet 452 times.

How do you start a comedy group?

There are lots of groups on Facebook, but I feel like if you want to start a comedy group, you need to have a relationship with the people you’re working with. I was in a group with two people I knew very well and it was still incredibly difficult at times. A lot of shouting and a lot of tension.

The best bet is to do a comedy course, or some sort of class, so you get to meet other people and, crucially, see if they have the same sense of humour as you do. There’s a really great improvised comedy course in Hackney called the Free Association which spawns a lot of sketch groups and is full of creative people who don’t necessarily want to devote their entire lives to improv, but certainly want to create fun stuff. The Soho Theatre run great comedy courses too.

Is it hard going solo after being part of a sketch group?

In some ways yes, but in some ways no. It took longer for me to comfortable being on stage by myself than it did with two other people, and if I balls up there’s nobody to bail me out (I’m very bad at learning lines I’ve written. Other people’s lines are fine. Mine are not). But on the other hand, when I was in a group, every idea had to be vetted by two separate people before it went in. Now it’s just me. Sure, that means that new material nights (where comedians test out material they’ve never said aloud to another human before) are a lot scarier, but it means that the finished show feels so much more satisfying because it all came from you. You’re not quietly thinking “Well that would have been funnier if we’d gone for my excellent banjo joke there”.

How did Massive Dad come about?

Liz and I were both in the Durham Revue, both tried to get normal jobs and then both missed comedy and couldn’t stop talking about how we’d love to do it. Tessa was in the year below us at university, and in the Durham Revue the year after we left, so we knew of her and thought she was very funny so approached her tentatively. Before long, we were rehearsing and writing in my office after I’d clocked off for the day and doing little gigs in pubs around London. I wouldn’t have been able to do my first ever gig alone, it was hard enough doing it alone after two years of doing it with other people! I would have melted into a small puddle.

What three women would you urge everyone to follow right now?

I love Beth McColl, she’s a writer who tweets at @imteddybliss and always makes me laugh, @meganamram co-wrote The Good Place and is really really funny (obviously) and also Lou Sanders @LouSanders who is one of my favourite comedians and tweets loads of really silly one liners.

Who’s the funniest person you know?

My sister, Gina, makes me laugh in a way that could never be explained or translated to other people. Same with my boyfriend. And all of my close friends. I feel like life is too short not to surround yourself with people that make you need to go to the toilet because you’re laughing so hard about nothing.

Stevie Martin’s debut show Vol.1 runs at London’s Soho Theatre from 17th-20th April. Get tickets here.

The Underbelly Festival will also see Stevie debut her second solo show, Hot Content! More info on dates and tickets can be found here.

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How I Revisited the Last Moments of Martin Luther King’s Life

When I agreed to travel to Jackson, Tennessee, to speak to students, faculty, staff, and community members at their Inaugural Leadership Conference, little did I know what was in store. In addition to the warm reception, the local news coverage, and the camaraderie from my longtime friend Dr. Logan Hampton, the president of HBCU Lane College, revisiting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an experience I will never forget on the drive back.

I made two new friends on the sojourn: chief Steaven Joy, my security detail and driver and Darryl M. Bell, the actor from the hit TV show A Different World. Bell is also a producer, an entrepreneur, a fierce advocate of people of color in STEM, and not surprisingly, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

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Bell wanted to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

We visited the landmark museum just a few days before the 51st anniversary of King’s assassination. There were people waiting in the rain to experience the context of King’s death—what led up to and culminated in his last breath on the balcony of Lorraine Motel.

A tour guide walked us through historical periods that violently affected black people: Jim Crow-era segregation, boycotts, and protest. Bell and I joined a sit-in at one of the many lunch counters in the South, where students faced violence despite their commitment to non-violent protests.

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(A statue of Rosa Parks sitting on the bus in Montgomery)

There were statues of blacks who participated in the Montgomery boycotts for some 138 days, protesting racism. We eventually learned what brought King to Memphis in the first place—the unfair treatment of the city’s sanitation workers at the time.

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(Bell stands in front of the iconic sign at the Lorraine Motel)

Though from behind the glass, we observed room 306—preserved in time and undisturbed—where Dr. King and Abernathy stayed until that fateful moment on the balcony.

We came face to face with the death of an absolute hero.

Listen to a special double episode of The Culture Soup Podcast today to hear a special fireside chat between myself and Bell at the Lane College Leadership Conference. Part two features a conversation with Hampton on the importance and remaining relevance of HBCUs.


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What happens when a bossy take-no-prisoners mogul is magically transformed into her 13-year-old self? That's the premise for Little (in theaters April 12 — tickets now on sale here at Fandango), a new comedy starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall that is also executive produced by Martin, who at 14 is now the youngest executive producer ever in Hollywood.

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Details in Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin‘s divorce and bankruptcy cases continue to be revealed, and Martin is now taking a defensive stance. After being accused of physically abusing his estranged wife, Martin says that Campbell-Martin is making it all up.

The Blast reports:

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Duane filed a declaration as part of his bankruptcy case, in which he is denying allegations he hid a $ 2 million home in Chatsworth, California from creditors as part of his bankruptcy.

In his declaration, Duane accuses Tisha and her brother having “manufactured a false claim of alleged domestic violence against the Co-Debtor which they filed with the police. Even Co-Debtor’s family law attorney would not sign his name on such a claim. The police saw the claim for what it was and did not pursue it.”

He adds, “Additional falsehoods were presented to the Family Law court in order for the Co-Debtor to obtain custody of their children. When it was clear that these falsehoods were not going to work, they were dropped and custody was awarded 50-50 to both parents.”

The outlet adds that Campbell-Martin has been cooperative with the bank trustee and handing in her financial records. Martin has said that any reports that he hasn’t done the same in reporting his earning aren’t true.

Martin also accuses Campbell-Martin and her brother of taking his residuals and removing his name from his bank accounts, thus making it so that he can’t cash checks or access funds.

Earlier this year, Campbell-Martin filed for a domestic violence restraining order against Martin.

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Marsai Martin Becomes The Youngest Person To Have First-Look Deal At Universal

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We’ve said it before, and we’re going to say it again: Black girls really are magic.

A month after the trailer for her upcoming comedy “Little” dropped, 14-year-old Black-ish actress Marsai Martin has just signed a first-look deal with Universal Pictures.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Martin will develop scripted projects for Universal alongside Joshua Martin (co-founder), Carol Martin (vice president) and Prince Baggett (head of creative).

Even better? Marsai is making history with this move: She’s the youngest person to get a first-look deal at Universal or an major studio.

Peter Cramer, president, Universal Pictures, told THR that Marsai is definitely “a star on the rise” who is “brilliant.”

“Working with emerging talent is a cornerstone of Universal’s overall slate strategy, and Marsai is a star on the rise,” he said.

Adding, “She is not only tremendously talented in front of the camera but offers a unique perspective as a creator and producer that will resonate with all audiences. We look forward to moviegoers getting to see how brilliant she is in Little and watching her evolve as a filmmaker here at Universal.”

“I am so excited for the magic I’ll be able to create and produce with Universal,” Marsai said.

“Mr. Cramer and Ms. [Donna] Langley’s commitment to investing in and uplifting diverse and young voices is both refreshing and important, and I’m happy to be a part of that legacy. My goal is to show young women and girls that our voices and ideas matter and you are never too young to dream BIG!”

So what’s up next for her?

THR writes that Marsai will star in StepMonster, a comedy about a teenage girl (Martin) who is adjusting to life with a new stepmother and has to learn that sometimes the only way to tame a monster is to make peace with it (especially if the monster is you).

As we previously reported, Marsai became the youngest executive producer in Hollywood with her highly anticipated film “Little.”

Little, which also stars Issa Rae and Regina Hall, centers on a insufferable tech mogul, Jordan Sanders, who wakes up as the 13-year-old version of herself.

Martin plays a young Sanders while Regina Hall is perfect as the adult exec who tortures her employees, including April (Issa Rae). Jordan and April bond as the roles are reversed and April finds herself bossing around her younger, older boss.

Little, an idea from Martin who was inspired by Tom Hanks’ body-swapping classic Big, makes Martin the youngest Black executive producer in Hollywood.

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How movies and Martin Luther King Jr. help my son understand his Blackness

How movies and Martin Luther King Jr. help my son understand his Blackness


How movies and Martin Luther King Jr. help my son understand his Blackness

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an HG contributor writes about her son, his school project on Dr. King, and the realities of raising a Black child.

My 13-year-old son has been diligently working on a project for National History Day. According to the National History Day website, more than half a million middle and high school students around the world conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. The theme for this year’s project is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” Students are encouraged to use various forms of media to research and present their final project. The two historical figures that my son is interested in exploring are Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and as he began diving deeper into his research, it opened a greater conversation for us about what he watches on screen, how he views himself as a Black teen, and how he thinks the world sees him.

We watched hours of archival footage of Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, and the terrible atrocities they experienced as Black men in America. My son had a hard time watching Black people get attacked by white police officers, arrested for boldly expressing themselves, or lynched for drinking from the wrong water fountain.

During a break from research, we went to the movies to see The Hate U Give. Based on Angie Thomas’s YA novel of the same name, the movie is about a 16-year-old girl who witnesses the death of her childhood friend at the hands of a cop during a routine traffic stop. Attending the movie with my son on the heels of watching documentaries about the civil rights movement was a profound, unforgettable experience. He was engaged from the moment the film began with the main characters dad giving his children the “talk” about what to do when they get pulled over by a police officer. It is a talk that every Black parent has been forced to have with their children for decades. It is hard. It is painful. It is necessary.

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The scene when a young man is murdered by a cop in front of his best friend is gut-wrenching. We knew he was going to get shot. We knew who was going to shoot him. But seeing it unfold stung. The media images we’d been watching from another era played out on the modern-day big screen, just as they still play out in the news and on our social media timelines today.

Sixty-some years later, images of Black people dying at the hands of racist police officers are eerily similar to the murders in the Deep South that Martin Luther King preached about.


That movie highlighted so many injustices that Black parents deal with daily. History has documented the tears of Black mothers and fathers burying their children due to racism. For generations, the message has stayed clear: Black skin is considered a threat; white skin is not. Martin Luther King’s dream that all children will one day be judged by the content of their character and not their skin color is a dream that has yet to be realized.

And raising a Black child to have confidence and pride in his heritage continues to be an uphill battle.

Everything in our society tells my son that he will one day be feared—maybe even hated—because of his melanin. As his mother, I am tired of painful conversations, but I will keep having them. I am too terrified to send my child into a world that may never see his heart or his humanity, and I understand the potential deadly consequences of that reality.

But our children are more than hashtags, and we need them to know that. Media like The Hate U Give is important because it reminds us of the power of community and illuminates the injustice wreaked by a broken criminal justice system. Still, I want more movies like Black Panther that show positive and powerful images of Blackness. Imagery and representation matter, and my son is not a threat. He is a compassionate, humble, silly, messy teenager—when will the images he sees on screen reflect that reality? Hopefully, it won’t take another sixty years.

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A few nights ago, I watched my son working on his history project. He was studious, deliberate, and focused. I couldn’t help but think that this too is a part of Dr. King’s dream. That a young Black male in middle America can know his worth, strive for excellence, and create opportunities for himself in the face of adversity.

As I walked to the kitchen, my favorite history progeny took his headphones off for a moment, and called out to me.

“Hey mom, it would be lit if Martin Luther King Jr. could see all the history projects about his life.”

I smiled inside; indeed, it would.

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Black Enterprise Founder: ‘We Owe An Apology to Martin Luther King, Jr.’

Decades after his death, the legacy and contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the sacrifices he made to bring justice to African Americans and to challenge America to live up to its ideals, are being celebrated more than ever before. It’s fair to say that we have done justice to King’s memory. But the truth is America has not done justice to his dream. In fact, I, and the rest of King’s generation, now between the ages of 70 and 85, owe King an apology.

Due to our lack of leadership and accountability, and despite the conspicuous success of a minority of African Americans, we have failed to do what it takes to lead our people to the promised land of freedom, equality, and the full measure of the American dream.

Two months after the assassination of Dr. King, Earl G. Graves Sr. escorts Mrs. Coretta Scott King on June 8th, 1968 to the funeral of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

King’s dream was about equal opportunity and economic justice for all black Americans, not just an exceptional few. After making progress toward those goals into the late ’80s, we somehow lost our desire to pursue King’s agenda. Ultimately, we simply stopped fighting, as if we no longer believed that what King died for was worth continuing to sacrifice and fight for. And for that, Dr. King, I am sorry. You left us with an example and a challenge to make a better world for our children. And we’ve failed you.

The evidence shows that our failure is as complete as it is indisputable. Nearly 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, American education remains largely segregated by race, with black children bearing the brunt of failing public schools. We’re failing King in economic justice. Today, the wealth gap between African Americans and white Americans is wider than ever, and black businesses remain largely excluded from economic power centers–from Hollywood and Silicon Valley to Wall Street and Madison Avenue.

The quality of life for African Americans in our urban centers has hardly improved, and in many cases, has worsened, since many urban areas were destroyed by riots in the aftermath of King’s assassination. Sadly, in nearly every area, from healthcare outcomes to high school drop-out rates to entire generations of African Americans trapped in our prison system, the world we’re leaving to our children and grandchildren is no better than the one we inherited.

I was assigned by Sen. Robert Kennedy to assist Coretta Scott King with getting her slain husband’s body from Memphis to Atlanta. I know intimately the ultimate sacrifice that King made–based on the promise of future generations–so that we would have the opportunities that we enjoy today. It’s a promise we have failed to keep.

Our fight for freedom and justice is not over. We have not won. Memorials aside, my generation owes an apology to King for having dropped the baton, for not taking the torch he lit and running with it. Now, it is up to our children and grandchildren to continue the fight to ensure that King’s dream is deferred no longer, and that all African Americans, not just a select, privileged, or fortunate few, reach the promised land of freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity.

Editor’s Note: This article originally published in 2012. 

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Gwyneth Paltrow just made an emotional statement about Chris Martin

‘It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody’

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Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their split in 2013, they have been very upfront about their relationship, the difficulties of divorce and the importance of family – something that was addressed this week.

The former couple, who wed in 2003, issued their separation announcement on the Goop website 10 years after tying the knot, introducing us to the term ‘consciously uncoupling’.

‘It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,’ the couple wrote in their statement. ‘We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.’

The statement concluded: ‘We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.’

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Since announcing the news, both Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have moved on while successfully remaining close friends, extending the olive branch to each other’s new partners and making a conscious effort to stay a family for life’s key moments.

Gwyneth went one step further this weekend, baffling the internet as she insisted that her and Chris Martin were ‘meant’ to have their time together.

‘It doesn’t have to be the end of your relationship with somebody,’ the 46-year-old said of the break up in a recent interview with ES magazine. ’I think Chris and I were meant to be together and have our kids. But our relationship is much better like this: friends and co-parents and family.’

Well, that’s that.

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A Day On to Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Legacy

For the 15th consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente physicians, dentists and staff are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making it a “day on” rather than a day off in Oregon and Southern Washington. They’re rolling up their sleeves in remembrance of Dr. King’s commitment to community service.

From January 15th through January 25, more than 1,200 Kaiser Permanente Northwest employees, friends, and family members will volunteer at 50 events throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“Our employees are actively involved in the community all year round, and they come out in full force to make a difference on this special day of service,” said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, regional president for Kaiser Permanente of the Northwest.

“I’m proud that so many members of our team have chosen to celebrate the legacy and spirit of Dr. King as we continue to recognize the importance of living his principles every day.”

Kaiser Permanente’s largest event will take place at Harold Oliver and Parklane elementary schools in Gresham, Oregon. More than 350 volunteers will work together to create a bright and welcoming place for students to learn. Building beautification projects will include maintenance, painting and repairs.

As part of the event, Kaiser Permanente will make a $ 180,000 to support the Rosewood Initiative, a community-building effort that supports wellness, education and economic opportunity in Gresham’s Rosewood neighborhood.

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George R.R. Martin says Dany should read Fire and Blood…and is that a GoT spoiler?

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George R.R. Martin says Dany should read <em>Fire and Blood</em>…and is that a <em>GoT</em> spoiler?

The seven-plus year wait for The Winds of Winterthe sixth novel in the epic Game of Thrones series—has many fans feeling restless, but George R.R. Martin is attempting to soften the blow with a new book set within the A Song of Ice and Fire universe. The new book, called Fire and Blood, is a 700-page history of the Targaryen family, written in the voice of Archermaester Gyldayn. In a 2017 blog post, Martin revealed the book begins with Aegon the Conqueror overtaking and unifying the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and covers 150 years of Targaryen rule.

Between Fire and Blood and the still-untitled Game of Thrones prequel series, we’re about to learn more about this mysterious world than ever before. While Martin understands that fans are frustrated he hasn’t finished The Winds of Winter yet, he promises Fire and Blood contains crucial details relating to Game of Thrones. In fact, in a new video from Esquire, Martin says Daenerys Targaryen would definitely benefit from a trip to the citadel to review the book—err, Archermaester Gyldayn’s manuscripts.

“This is a book that Daenerys might actually benefit from reading, but she has no access to Archermaester Gyldayn’s crumbling manuscripts. So she’s operating on her own there,” Martin teases. “Maybe if she understood a few things more about dragons and her own history in Essos, things would have gone a little differently.”

Could Archermaester Gyldayn’s manuscript contain the key to successfully defeating the White Walkers and landing Dany on the Iron Throne? Or could Martin even be hinting that Dany will ultimately be defeated in the upcoming eighth season? It seems we’re definitely going to have to give Fire and Blood a thorough study while we wait for the final season of Game of Thrones to drop in April.

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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan but you haven’t got round to ordering George RR Martin’s epic new Targaryen history Fire and Blood yet, you’re probably consoling yourself with the thought that it can’t really contain that many Ice and Fire hints — it’s set 300 years before Martin’s main Westeros series kicks off, right?

Well, not so fast. The book may predate Daenerys & Co. by several centuries, but it still takes place in the same universe. And judging from a recent interview Martin took part in with Entertainment Weekly, the book does contain hints.

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