Dan Akroyd (left) and Steve Martin (right)/Two Wild And Crazy Guys! Source: (pinterest.com)
He had so many catchphrases and famous jokes that everyone had memorized
Some of Steve Martin’s other quotes are equally comical although maybe not as well known. Listing them all would be impossible but below are some notable ones.
"We're two wild and crazy guys!"
“I thought yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life, but it turns out today is.”
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
“I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.”
“Boy, those French! They have a different word for everything.”
“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.”
“You know that look that women get when they want to have sex? Me neither.”
Many of Steve Martin’s famous punchlines were inspired by his time studying philosophy in college. Speaking about philosophy, Steve Martin has been quoted as saying, “It changed what I believe and what I think about everything. I majored in philosophy. Something about non-sequiturs appealed to me. In philosophy, I started studying logic, and they were talking about cause and effect, and you start to realize, 'Hey, there is no cause and effect! There is no logic! There is no anything!' Then it gets real easy to write this stuff because all you have to do is twist everything hard—you twist the punch line, you twist the non-sequitur so hard away from the things that set it up.”
Martin also recalled reading an essay on comedy leading him to think: “What if there were no punch lines? What if there were no indicators? What if I created tension and never released it? What if I headed for a climax, but all I delivered was an anticlimax? What would the audience do with all that tension? Theoretically, it would have to come out sometime. But if I kept denying them the formality of a punch line, the audience would eventually pick their own place to laugh, essentially out of desperation.”