20 February 2016
I read this comment in an article about Steve Martin’s brief return to standup supporting Jerry Seinfeld at The Beacon in New York.
“It was January, 1977. I was in grad school. First time away from home. Struggling academically, lonely and depressed. Went to see Steve Martin perform at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. He put on an amazing show. The crowd kept demanding encores. He’d leave, the lights would go out for a few minutes and then he’d show up somewhere in the middle of the audience and do another encore. This happened 5 or six times and then all the house lights went on and it was clear he wasn’t coming back out. We left the auditorium and there he was standing in the middle of the quad performing in for a crowd of about a hundred people. By this time it was midnight and about 5 degrees fahrenheit and he was just wearing his iconic white suit. I joined the audience. He would perform for a few minutes and then jog to another corner of the quad followed by the crowd and then start his performance again. This went on for about a half hour. It was the most amazing, fun performance I have ever witnessed and it really cheered me up at a time when I badly needed it. I’ll never forget it”