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Steve Martin

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You know, a lot of people come to me and they say, "Steve, how can you be so f**king funny?" There's a secret to it, it's no big deal. Before I go out, I put a slice of bologna in each of my shoes. So when I'm on stage, I feel funny.
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Comedy album Let's Get Small

 
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