Newswire: Steve Martin returned to stand-up last night (and you missed it)

Last night, those attending a Jerry Seinfeld stand-up performance in New York got one of the most unexpected treats a comedy audience could ever hope to receive: an unannounced opening act by Steve Martin. What made the performance so surprising was that it was Martin’s first stand-up show in 35 years, after he walked away from the form at the peak of his success, vowing never to return. His return to the stage followed an appearance on Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, during which the two discussed Martin’s career and his leaving stand-up. “I didn’t want to [return],” Martin said in the episode, “I was essentially depressed.”

What made Martin’s popularity particularly impressive in the ’70s —when he was one of the biggest stand-up acts in the world, performing to audiences that would rival the biggest music acts of the day in size—was …

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