Just watch a master at work.
While he hasn’t won the AFI Life Achievement Award (yet), he has been recognized by the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (2005) as their eighth recipient of the award. Seriously, though, listen to his speech (on Vimeo – no useful WordPress embedding).
When you have the time, go get a copy of Born Standing Up. I swear – you won’t regret it. And when you’re done, if you haven’t seen these three movies, drop everything, sit down and watch: Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), and my absolute favorite: L.A. Story (1991). You won’t regret these, either.