Steve Martin Solves an Age-Old Cabaret Problem

October 30, 2007

The October 29th issue of the New Yorker has a terrific memoir by Steve Martin about his early performing career called “In the Bird Cage.”  While the overall article is terrific I love the following bit of advice he received, and think it solves something that we in cabaret struggle with constantly:

Fats Johnson, a jovial folksinger who dressed to kill in black suits with white ruffled shirts and wore elaborate rings on his guitar-strumming hand, often headlined inthe club.  One night, I asked him about his philosophy about dressing for the stage.  He said firmly, “Always look better than they do.”