While Steve Martin is still a household name, he used to appear on television more frequently. In this classic clip from Johnny Carson, the “Tonight Show” host mentions that Martin had appeared on the program 66 times over the years.
To that, the comedian and actor confesses that, to keep from repeating himself, he recorded his jokes and appearances in a diary that he keeps on his person.
Martin unveils his diary and reads his personal musings about his appearances on the show. It seems that in every entry, Martin has high praise for the audience and Carson’s sidekick, Ed McMahon, but repeatedly, the comic characterizes Carson as “sluggish.” In one entry, Martin admits, “I was bad, real bad, but compared to Johnny and Ed, I was fantastic.”