The great comedian Steve Martin appears in this 1975 video clip from ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.’ When Johnny introduces him, he recognizes Martin’s talent for making people laugh.
Steve Martin takes to the stage with a shirt unbuttoned and a banjo strapped on him. Steve tells the audience that he is promoting an album he recorded a few weeks ago. He says, ‘I want you to know that I recorded an album and three days from tonight… I’m going to ERASE it!’
He tells them how he gave his cat a bath the other night. He said the cat loved it, but he had a lot of furs stuck on his tongue after the bath! The audience laughs again!
Steve Martin starts to amaze the audience with his impressive banjo playing. He tells the audience how happy the banjo makes everything sound. Then, Steve starts complaining about the curtains on the show being wrong and the microphone being just not right. He pretends to be angry and then strikes the banjo to make everything sound happier!
He tells the audience they will play a joke on the viewers at home. When new viewers tune in every ten seconds, he suggests that he will tell a bad joke, and the audience will give him a standing ovation. The audience loves it and participates!
He serves up the bad joke saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny to come home with a TV and there’s a banana in it?!’ The audience cracks up and applauds wildly, continuing with the routine!
Martin sits down with Johnny and says to him, ‘I know what you’re going to say. Steve, how can you be so funny?’ Johnny rubs his eyes, laughing with tears! It’s a classic clip between two epic comedians.