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Steve Martin

This article is about the entertainer. For other people named Steve Martin, see Steve Martin (disambiguation).

Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Over his distinguished career he has earned five Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013. Among many honors, he has received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honors, and an AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.

Steve Martin
Martin in 2017
Birth nameStephen Glenn Martin
Born (1945-08-14)August 14, 1945 (age 76)
Waco, Texas, U.S.
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  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
  • music
  • theatre
  • books
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Years active1967–present
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Spouse
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  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • filmmaker
  • musician
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Websitestevemartin.com

Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent host on Saturday Night Live. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from comedy, Martin has become a successful actor, starring in such films as The Jerk (1979), Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983), Three Amigos (1986), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Sgt. Bilko (1996), Bowfinger (1999) and Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003). He has also starred as the family patriarch in Parenthood (1989), the Father of the Bride films (1991–1995), and the Cheaper by the Dozen films (2003–2005). In 2021, he co-created and starred in a Hulu comedy series Only Murders in the Building.

Martin is also known for writing the book and lyrics to the musical Bright Star (2016), and the comedy Meteor Shower (2017) both of which premiered on Broadway. While he has played banjo since an early age, and included music in his comedy routines from the beginning of his professional career, he has increasingly dedicated his career to music since the 2000s, acting less and spending much of his professional life playing banjo, recording, and touring with various bluegrass acts, including Earl Scruggs, with whom he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 2002. His first solo music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo (2009) received the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

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Steve Martin as a senior in high school, 1963

Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, the son of Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913–2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914–1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor.

Martin is of English, Scottish, Welsh, Scots-Irish, German and French descent, and was raised in Inglewood, California, with sister Melinda Martin, and then later in Garden Grove, California, in a Baptist family. Martin was a cheerleader of Garden Grove High School. One of his earliest memories is of seeing his father, as an extra, serving drinks onstage at the Call Board Theatre on Melrose Place. During World War II, in the United Kingdom, Martin's father had appeared in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey. Expressing his affection through gifts, like cars and bikes, Martin's father was stern, and not emotionally open to his son. He was proud but critical, with Martin later recalling that in his teens his feelings for his father were mostly of hatred.

Martin's first job was at Disneyland, selling guidebooks on weekends and full-time during his school's summer break. That lasted for three years (1955–1958). During his free time, he frequented the Main Street Magic shop, where tricks were demonstrated to patrons. While working at Disneyland, he was captured in the background of the home movie that was made into the short-subject film Disneyland Dream, incidentally becoming his first film appearance. By 1960, he had mastered several magic tricks and illusions and took a paying job at the Magic shop in Fantasyland in August. There he perfected his talents for magic, juggling, and creating balloon animals in the manner of mentor Wally Boag, frequently performing for tips.

In his authorized biography, close friend Morris Walker suggests that Martin could "be described most accurately as an agnostic ... he rarely went to church and was never involved in organized religion of his own volition". In his early 20s, Martin dated Melissa Trumbo, daughter of novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

After high school, Martin attended Santa Ana College, taking classes in drama and English poetry. In his free time, he teamed up with friend and Garden Grove High School classmate Kathy Westmoreland to participate in comedies and other productions at the Bird Cage Theatre. He joined a comedy troupe at Knott's Berry Farm. Later, he met budding actress Stormie Sherk, and they developed comedy routines and became romantically involved. Sherk's influence caused Martin to apply to the California State University, Long Beach, for enrollment with a major in philosophy. Sherk enrolled at UCLA, about an hour's drive north, and the distance eventually caused them to lead separate lives.

Inspired by his philosophy classes, Martin considered becoming a professor instead of an actor-comedian. His time at college changed his life.

It changed what I believe and what I think about everything. I majored in philosophy. Something about non-sequiturs appealed to me. In philosophy, I started studying logic, and they were talking about cause and effect, and you start to realize, 'Hey, there is no cause and effect! There is no logic! There is no anything!' Then it gets real easy to write this stuff because all you have to do is twist everything hard—you twist the punch line, you twist the non-sequitur so hard away from the things that set it up.

Martin recalls reading a treatise on comedy that led him to think:

What if there were no punch lines? What if there were no indicators? What if I created tension and never released it? What if I headed for a climax, but all I delivered was an anticlimax? What would the audience do with all that tension? Theoretically, it would have to come out sometime. But if I kept denying them the formality of a punch line, the audience would eventually pick their own place to laugh, essentially out of desperation.

Martin periodically spoofed his philosophy studies in his 1970s stand-up act, comparing philosophy with studying geology.

If you're studying geology, which is all facts, as soon as you get out of school you forget it all, but philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life.

In 1967, Martin transferred to UCLA and switched his major to theater. While attending college, he appeared in an episode of The Dating Game, winning a date with Deana Martin. Martin began working local clubs at night, to mixed notices, and at twenty-one, he dropped out of college.

Stand-up comedy

Late night

In 1967, his former girlfriend Nina Goldblatt, a dancer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, helped Martin land a writing job with the show by submitting his work to head writer Mason Williams. Williams initially paid Martin out of his own pocket. Along with the other writers for the show, Martin won an Emmy Award in 1969 at the age of twenty-three. He wrote for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. Martin's first television appearance was on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968. He says:

[I] appeared on The Virginia Graham Show, circa 1970. I looked grotesque. I had a hairdo like a helmet, which I blow-dried to a puffy bouffant, for reasons I no longer understand. I wore a frock coat and a silk shirt, and my delivery was mannered, slow and self-aware. I had absolutely no authority. After reviewing the show, I was depressed for a week.

During these years his roommates included Gary Mule Deer and Michael Johnson. Martin opened for groups such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (who returned the favor by appearing in his 1980 television special All Commercials), The Carpenters, and Toto. He appeared at The Boarding House, among other venues. He continued to write, earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976.

In the mid-1970s, Martin made frequent appearances as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and on The Gong Show, HBO's On Location, The Muppet Show, and NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL). SNL's audience jumped by a million viewers when he made guest appearances, and he was one of the show's most successful hosts. Martin has appeared on twenty-seven Saturday Night Live shows and guest-hosted fifteen times, second only to Alec Baldwin, who has hosted seventeen times as of February 2017[update]. On the show, Martin popularized the air quotes gesture. While on the show, Martin grew close to several cast members, including Gilda Radner. On the night she died of ovarian cancer, a visibly shaken Martin hosted SNL and featured footage of himself and Radner together in a 1978 sketch.

Comedy albums

Steve Martin, 1976

In the 1970s, his television appearances led to the release of comedy albums that went platinum. The track "Excuse Me" on his first album, Let's Get Small (1977), helped establish a national catch phrase. His next album, A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978), was an even bigger success, reaching the No. 2 spot on the U.S. sales chart, selling over a million copies. "Just a wild and crazy guy" became another of Martin's known catchphrases. The album featured a character based on a series of Saturday Night Live sketches in which Martin and Dan Aykroyd played the Festrunk Brothers; Yortuk and Georgi were bumbling Czechoslovak would-be playboys. The album ends with the song "King Tut", sung and written by Martin and backed by the "Toot Uncommons," members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It was later released as a single, reaching No. 17 on the U.S. charts in 1978 and selling over a million copies. The song came out during the King Tut craze that accompanied the popular traveling exhibit of the Egyptian king's tomb artifacts. Both albums won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Martin performed "King Tut" on April 22, 1978, SNL program.

Decades later, in 2012, The A.V. Club described Martin's unique style and its effect on audiences:

[Martin was] both a consummate entertainer and a glib, knowing parody of a consummate entertainer. He was at once a hammy populist with an uncanny, unprecedented feel for the tastes of a mass audience and a sly intellectual whose goofy shtick cunningly deconstructed stand-up comedy.

On his comedy albums, Martin's stand-up is self-referential and sometimes self-mocking. It mixes philosophical riffs with sudden spurts of "happy feet", banjo playing with balloon depictions of concepts like venereal disease, and the "controversial" kitten juggling (he is a master juggler; the "kittens" were stuffed animals). His style is off-kilter and ironic and sometimes pokes fun at stand-up comedy traditions, such as Martin opening his act (from A Wild and Crazy Guy) by saying:

I think there's nothing better for a person to come up and do the same thing over and over for two weeks. This is what I enjoy, so I'm going to do the same thing over and over and over [...] I'm going to do the same joke over and over in the same show, it'll be like a new thing.

Or: "Hello, I'm Steve Martin, and I'll be out here in a minute." In one comedy routine, used on the Comedy Is Not Pretty! album, Martin claimed that his real name was "Gern Blanston". The riff took on a life of its own. There is a Gern Blanston website, and for a time a rock band took the moniker as its name.

Martin's show soon required full-sized stadiums for the audiences he was drawing. Concerned about his visibility in venues on such a scale, Martin began to wear a distinctive three-piece white suit that became a trademark for his act. Martin stopped doing stand-up comedy in 1981 to concentrate on movies and did not return for thirty-five years. About this decision, he states "My act was conceptual. Once the concept was stated, and everybody understood it, it was done. ... It was about coming to the end of the road. There was no way to live on in that persona. I had to take that fabulous luck of not being remembered as that, exclusively. You know, I didn't announce that I was stopping. I just stopped."

Return to standup

In 2016, Martin made a low-key comeback to comedy, opening for Jerry Seinfeld. He performed a ten-minute stand-up routine before turning the stage over to Seinfeld. Also in 2016 he staged a national tour with Martin Short and the Steep Canyon Rangers, which yielded a 2018 Netflix comedy special, Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. The special received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations with Martin receiving two nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and Outstanding Music and Lyrics for The Buddy Song.

Acting career

Martin in 1982

1970s

By the end of the 1970s, Martin had acquired the kind of following normally reserved for rock stars, with his tour appearances typically occurring at sold-out arenas filled with tens of thousands of screaming fans. But unknown to his audience, stand-up comedy was "just an accident" for him; his real goal was to get into film.

Martin had a small role in the 1972 film Another Nice Mess. In 1974 he starred in the Canadian travelogue production The Funnier Side Of Eastern Canada, created to promote tourism in Montreal and Toronto, which also included standup segments filmed at the Ice House in Pasadena, California. His first substantial film appearance was in a short titled The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977). The seven-minute-long film, also featuring Buck Henry and Teri Garr, was written by and starred Martin. The film was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Short Film, Live Action. He made his first substantial feature film appearance in the musical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, where he sang The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". In 1979, Martin starred in the comedy film The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner, and written by Martin, Michael Elias, and Carl Gottlieb. The film was a huge success, grossing over $100 million on a budget of approximately $4 million.

Stanley Kubrick met with him to discuss the possibility of Martin starring in a screwball comedy version of Traumnovelle (Kubrick later changed his approach to the material, the result of which was 1999's Eyes Wide Shut). Martin was executive producer for Domestic Life, a prime-time television series starring friend Martin Mull, and a late-night series called Twilight Theater. It emboldened Martin to try his hand at his first serious film, Pennies from Heaven (1981), based on the 1978 BBC serial by Dennis Potter. He was anxious to perform in the movie because of his desire to avoid being typecast. To prepare for that film, Martin took acting lessons from director Herbert Ross and spent months learning how to tap dance. The film was a financial failure; Martin's comment at the time was "I don't know what to blame, other than it's me and not a comedy."

1980s

Martin was in three more Reiner-directed comedies after The Jerk: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in 1982, The Man with Two Brains in 1983 and All of Me in 1984, his most critically acclaimed performance up to that point. In 1986, Martin joined fellow Saturday Night Live veterans Martin Short and Chevy Chase in ¡Three Amigos!, directed by John Landis, and written by Martin, Lorne Michaels, and singer-songwriter Randy Newman. It was originally entitled The Three Caballeros and Martin was to be teamed with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. In 1986, Martin was in the movie musical film version of the hit Off-Broadway play Little Shop of Horrors (based on a famous B-movie), playing the sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello. The film was the first of three films teaming Martin with Rick Moranis. In 1987, Martin joined comedian John Candy in the John Hughes movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. That same year, Roxanne, the film adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac which Martin co-wrote, won him a Writers Guild of America Award. It also garnered recognition from Hollywood and the public that he was more than a comedian. In 1988, he performed in the Frank Oz film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a remake of Bedtime Story, alongside Michael Caine. Also in 1988, he appeared at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in a revival of Waiting for Godot directed by Mike Nichols. He played Vladimir, with Robin Williams as Estragon and Bill Irwin as Lucky. Martin starred in the Ron Howard film Parenthood, with Rick Moranis in 1989.

1990s

He later re-teamed with Moranis in the Mafia comedy My Blue Heaven (1990). In 1991, Martin starred in and wrote L.A. Story, a romantic comedy, in which the female lead was played by his then-wife Victoria Tennant. Martin also appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon, in which he played the tightly wound Hollywood film producer, Davis, who was recovering from a traumatic robbery that left him injured, which was a more serious role for him. Martin also starred in a remake of the comedy Father of the Bride in 1991 (followed by a sequel in 1995) and in the 1992 comedy Housesitter, with Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany. In 1994, he starred in A Simple Twist of Fate; a film adaptation of Silas Marner.

In David Mamet's 1997 thriller The Spanish Prisoner, Martin played a darker role as a wealthy stranger who takes a suspicious interest in the work of a young businessman (Campbell Scott). He went on to star with Eddie Murphy in the 1999 comedy Bowfinger, which Martin also wrote.

In 1998, Martin guest starred with U2 in the 200th episode of The Simpsons titled "Trash of the Titans", providing the voice for sanitation commissioner Ray Patterson. In 1999, Martin and Hawn starred in a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy, The Out-of-Towners.

2000s

By 2003, Martin ranked fourth on the box office stars list, after starring in Bringing Down The House (2003) and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), each of which earned over $130 million at U.S. theaters. That same year, he also played the villainous Mr. Chairman in the animation/live action blend, Looney Tunes: Back in Action. In 2005, Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl, based on his own novella (2000), and starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2. In 2006, he starred in the box office hit The Pink Panther, as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. He reprised the role in 2009's The Pink Panther 2. When combined, the two films grossed over $230 million at the box office.

In the comedy Baby Mama (2008) starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Martin played the founder of a health food company. Martin also appeared as a guest star in 30 Rock as Gavin Volure in the episode Gavin Volure. He was nominated for a Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. The following year he starred in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy It's Complicated (2009), opposite Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. In 2009, an article in The Guardian listed Martin as one of the best actors never to receive an Oscar nomination.

2010s

Martin with David Letterman at the Peabody Awards in 2016

During the 2010s Martin sparsely appeared in film and television. In 2011 he appeared with Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and JoBeth Williams in the birdwatching comedy The Big Year directed by David Frankel. The film was criticized for its lightweight story and was a box office bomb. After a three-year hiatus, Martin returned in 2015 when he voiced a role in the DreamWorks animated film Home alongside Jim Parsons and Rihanna. The film received mixed critical reception but was a financial success. In 2016, he played a supporting role in Ang Lee's war drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. He also appeared as himself in Jerry Seinfeld's Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2016. He also appeared in the taped version of Oh, Hello on Broadway (2017)as the guest. He also starred in the Netflix comedy special An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life with Martin Short in 2018.

2020s

In February 2020, Martin opened the 92nd Academy Awards alongside Chris Rock with comedy material. They were not previously announced as that years hosts, and joked after their opening monologue, "Well we've had a great time not hosting tonight". In 2020 Martin reprised his role as George Banks in the short Father of the Bride, Part 3(ish). Martin stars in and is an executive producer of Only Murders in the Building, a Hulu comedy series alongside Martin Short and Selena Gomez, which he created alongside John Hoffman.

Writing

Books

Martin at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

In 1993, Martin wrote his first full-length play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. The first reading of the play took place in Beverly Hills, California, at Steve Martin's home, with Tom Hanks reading the role of Pablo Picasso and Chris Sarandon reading the role of Albert Einstein. Following this, the play opened at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and played from October 1993 to May 1994, then went on to run successfully in Los Angeles, New York City, and several other US cities. In 2009, the school board in La Grande, Oregon, refused to allow the play to be performed after several parents complained about the content. In an open letter in the local Observer newspaper, Martin wrote:

I have heard that some in your community have characterized the play as 'people drinking in bars, and treating women as sex objects.' With apologies to William Shakespeare, this is like calling Hamlet a play about a castle [...] I will finance a non-profit, off-high school campus production [...] so that individuals, outside the jurisdiction of the school board but within the guarantees of freedom of expression provided by the Constitution of the United States can determine whether they will or will not see the play.

Throughout the 1990s, Martin wrote various pieces for The New Yorker. In 2002, he adapted the Carl Sternheim play The Underpants, which ran Off Broadway at Classic Stage Company, and in 2008 co-wrote and produced Traitor, starring Don Cheadle. He has also written the novellas Shopgirl (2000) and The Pleasure of My Company (2003), both more wry in tone than raucous. A story of a 28-year-old woman behind the glove counter at the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills, Shopgirl was made into a film starring Martin and Claire Danes. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005 and was featured at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival before going into limited release in the US. In 2007, he published a memoir, Born Standing Up, which Time magazine named as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007, ranking it at No. 6, and praising it as "a funny, moving, surprisingly frank memoir." In 2010, he published the novel An Object of Beauty.

Beginning in 2019, Martin has collaborated with cartoonist Harry Bliss as a writer for the syndicated single-panel comic Bliss. Together, they published the cartoon collection A Wealth of Pigeons.

Broadway

Inspired by Love has Come for You, Martin and Edie Brickell collaborated on his first musical, Bright Star. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945–46, with flashbacks to 1923. The musical debuted on Broadway on March 24, 2016. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times praised its score by Martin and Brickell writing, "The shining achievement of the musical is its winsome country and bluegrass score, with music by Mr. Martin and Ms. Brickell, and lyrics by Ms. Brickell...the songs — yearning ballads and square-dance romps rich with fiddle, piano, and banjo, beautifully played by a nine-person band — provide a buoyancy that keeps the momentum from stalling." The musical went on to receive five Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Martin himself received Tony nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score and received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the Outstanding Critics Circle Award for Best New Score. He also received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Martin's next work as a playwright was the comic play Meteor Shower which opened at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in August 2016, and went on to Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre later the same year. The play opened on Broadway at the Booth Theater on November 29, 2017. The cast features Amy Schumer, Laura Benanti, Jeremy Shamos and Keegan-Michael Key, with direction by Jerry Zaks. Critic Allison Adaot of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Meteor Shower is a very funny play. Keening-like-a-howler-monkey funny. Design-a-new-cry-laughing-emoji funny...In the confident hands of writer and comedy maestro Steve Martin, the premise is polished to sparkling."

Hosting

Martin hosted the Academy Awards solo in 2001 and 2003, and with Alec Baldwin in 2010. In 2005, Martin co-hosted Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years, marking the park's anniversary. Disney continued to run the show until March 2009, which now[when?] plays in the lobby of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

A fan of Monty Python, in 1989 Martin hosted the television special, Parrot Sketch Not Included – 20 Years of Monty Python.

Music career

Banjo music

Martin playing with the Steep Canyon Rangers in Seattle in November 2009

Martin first picked up the banjo when he was around 17 years of age. Martin has stated in several interviews and in his memoir, Born Standing Up, that he used to take 33 rpm bluegrass records and slow them down to 16 rpm and tune his banjo down, so the notes would sound the same. Martin was able to pick out each note and perfect his playing.[citation needed] Martin learned how to play the banjo with help from John McEuen, who later joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. McEuen's brother later managed Martin as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Martin did his stand-up routine opening for the band in the early 1970s. He had the band play on his hit song "King Tut", being credited as "The Toot Uncommons" (as in Tutankhamun).[citation needed] The banjo was a staple of Martin's 1970s stand-up career, and he periodically poked fun at his love for the instrument. On the Comedy Is Not Pretty! album, he included an all-instrumental jam, titled "Drop Thumb Medley", and played the track on his 1979 concert tour. His final comedy album, The Steve Martin Brothers (1981), featured one side of Martin's typical stand-up material, with the other side featuring live performances of Steve playing banjo with a bluegrass band.

In 2001, he played banjo on Earl Scruggs's remake of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the Grammy Awards of 2002. In 2008, Martin appeared with the band, In the Minds of the Living, during a show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2009, Martin released his first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo with appearances from stars such as Dolly Parton. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen produced the album. Martin made his first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry on May 30, 2009. In the American Idol season eight finals, he performed alongside Michael Sarver and Megan Joy in the song "Pretty Flowers".

Steep Canyon Rangers

Steve Martin at MerleFest in 2010

In June, Martin played banjo along with the Steep Canyon Rangers on A Prairie Home Companion and began a two-month U.S. tour with the Rangers in September, including appearances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, Carnegie Hall and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. In November, they went on to play at the Royal Festival Hall in London with support from Mary Black. In 2010, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers appeared at the New Orleans Jazzfest, Merlefest Bluegrass Festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, at Bonnaroo Music Festival, at the ROMP Bluegrass Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, at the Red Butte Garden Concert series and on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland. Martin performed "Jubilation Day" with the Steep Canyon Rangers on The Colbert Report on March 21, 2011, on Conan on May 3, 2011, and on BBC's The One Show on July 6, 2011. Martin performed a song he wrote called "Me and Paul Revere" in addition to two other songs on the lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, at the "Capitol Fourth Celebration" on July 4, 2011. In 2011, Martin also narrated and appeared in the PBS documentary "Give Me The Banjo" chronicling the history of the banjo in America.

Love Has Come for You, a collaboration album with Edie Brickell, was released in April 2013. The two made musical guest appearances on talk shows, such as The View and Late Show with David Letterman, to promote the album. The title track won the Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song. Starting in May 2013, he began a tour with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell throughout the United States. In 2015, Brickell and Martin released So Familiar as the second installment of their partnership. In 2017, Martin and Brickell appeared in the multi award-winning documentary film The American Epic Sessions directed by Bernard MacMahon. Recording live direct-to-disc on the first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, they performed a version of "The Coo Coo Bird" a traditional song that Martin learned from the 1960s folk music group The Holy Modal Rounders. The song was featured on the film soundtrack, Music from The American Epic Sessions released on June 9, 2017.

In 2010, Martin created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, an award established to reward artistry and bring greater visibility to bluegrass performers. The prize includes a US$50,000 cash award, a bronze sculpture created by the artist Eric Fischl, and a chance to perform with Martin on Late Show with David Letterman. Recipients include Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers band (2010), Sammy Shelor of Lonesome River Band (2011), Mark Johnson (2012), Jens Kruger (2013), Eddie Adcock (2014), Danny Barnes (2015), Rhiannon Giddens (2016), Scott Vestal (2017), Kristin Scott Benson (2018), and Victor Furtado (2019).

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Martin was in a relationship with Bernadette Peters, with whom he co-starred in The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven. He also dated Mary Tyler Moore. On November 20, 1986, Martin married actress Victoria Tennant, with whom he co-starred in All of Me (1984) and L.A. Story. They divorced in 1994.

Steve Martin signs an autograph for Air Force 2d Lt Gregory Krager at Riyadh Air Base, Saudi Arabia, during his Gulf War USO Tour on October 14, 1990.

Martin went on a USO Tour to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm from October 14 to 21, 1990. Martin met with military service men and women all over the region signing thousands of autographs and posing for pictures. "Everybody coming out here, giving up part of their lives for this effort. I had some time off, and I felt kind of bad just sitting there," Martin said, "so I came."

On July 28, 2007, Martin married writer and former New Yorker staffer Anne Stringfield. Bob Kerrey presided over the ceremony at Martin's Los Angeles home. Lorne Michaels served as best man. The nuptials came as a surprise to several guests, who had been told they were coming for a party. In December 2012, Martin became a father for the first time when Stringfield gave birth to a daughter.

Martin has been an avid art collector since 1968, when he bought a print by Ed Ruscha. In 2001, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presented a five-month exhibit of twenty-eight items from Martin's collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, and Edward Hopper. In 2006, he sold Hopper's Hotel Window (1955) at Sotheby's for $26.8 million. In 2015, working with two other curators, he organized a show, "The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris", to introduce Americans to Canadian painter and Group of Seven co-founder Lawren Harris.

In July 2004, Martin purchased what he believed to be Landschaft mit Pferden (Landscape with Horses), a 1915 work by Heinrich Campendonk, from a Paris gallery for approximately €700,000. Fifteen months later, the painting was sold at Christie's auction to a Swiss businesswoman for €500,000. Police believe the fake Campendonk originated from a collection devised by a German forgery ring led by Wolfgang Beltracchi, pieces from which had been sold to French galleries. Martin only discovered the fact that the painting had been fake many years after it had been sold at the auction. Concerning the experience, Martin said that the Beltracchis "were quite clever in that they gave it a long provenance and they faked labels, and it came out of a collection that mingled legitimate pictures with faked pictures."

Martin served on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art board of trustees from 1984 to 2004. Martin assisted in launching the National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts (Neiva), a fund to support Australian Indigenous artists in 2021. Martin has supported Indigenous Australian painting previously. He organized an exhibition in 2019 with Gagosian Gallery titled "Desert Painters of Australia," which featured art by George Tjungurrayi and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Martin has suffered from tinnitus since filming a pistol-shooting scene for Three Amigos in 1986. In a later interview with Pitchfork, he clarified that the tinnitus was actually from years of listening to loud music and performing in front of noisy crowds.

Martin has stated that his comedy influences include Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis and Woody Allen.

Martin stated, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, that Jerry Seinfeld is one of his "retro heroes", "a guy who came up behind me and is better than I am. I think he's fantastic, I love to listen to him, he almost puts me at peace. I love to listen to him talk".

Martin's offbeat, ironic, and deconstructive style of humor has influenced many comedians during his career. This includes Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Bo Burnham, and Jordan Peele. Singer and composer Mike Patton cited Steve Martin as an early influence and said that he felt identified with him.

Albums

Album Year Peak chart positions Certifications
Type
Billboard 200
US Bluegrass
Let's Get Small 1977 10
  • US: Platinum
comedy
A Wild and Crazy Guy 1978 2
  • US: 2× Platinum
Comedy Is Not Pretty! 1979 25
  • US: Gold
The Steve Martin Brothers 1981 135
The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo 2009 93 1 music
Rare Bird Alert (with Steep Canyon Rangers) 2011 43 1
Love Has Come for You (with Edie Brickell) 2013 21 1
Live (with Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell) 2014 1
So Familiar (with Edie Brickell) 2015 126 1
The Long-Awaited Album (with Steep Canyon Rangers) 2017 189 1
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions
US
Album Type
"Grandmother's Song" 1977 72 Let's Get Small comedy
"King Tut" 1978 17 A Wild and Crazy Guy music
"Cruel Shoes" 1979 91 Comedy Is Not Pretty comedy

Music videos

Video Year Director
"Jubilation Day" 2011 Ryan Reichenfeld
"Pretty Little One" 2014 David Horn
"Won't Go Back"
(with Edie Brickell)
2015 Matt Robertson
"Caroline" 2017 Brian Petchers
"So Familiar" 2018 Laurence Jacobs
"Promontory Point"
Year Title Notes
2018 Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life with Martin Short

Other video releases

  • Steve Martin-Live! (1986, VHS; includes short film "The Absent-Minded Waiter and footage from a 1979 concert)
  • Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin (1998, DVD/VHS; sketch compilation)
  • Steve Martin: The Television Stuff (2012, DVD; includes content of Steve Martin-Live! as well as his NBC specials and other television appearances)

Plays, novels and collections

Year Title Notes
1977 Cruel Shoes collection of essays and short stories, first widely published in 1979
1993 Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays:
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for the Floating Lady, WASP
play
1998 Pure Drivel collection of essays and short stories
2000 Shopgirl novella
2001 Kindly Lent Their Owner: The Private Collection of Steve Martin non-fiction
2002 The Underpants: A Play play
2003 The Pleasure of My Company novel
2005 The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z children's book
2007 Born Standing Up non-fiction
2010 An Object of Beauty novel
Late for School children's book
2012 The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin collection of tweets
2014 Bright Star musical with Edie Brickell
2016 Meteor Shower play
2020 A Wealth of Pigeons collection of cartoons with Harry Bliss

Films written by

Year Title Notes
1977 The Absent-Minded Waiter short film
1979 The Jerk with Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid with Carl Reiner and George Gipe
1983 The Man with Two Brains with Carl Reiner and George Gipe
1986 Three Amigos with Lorne Michaels and Randy Newman
1987 Roxanne based on Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
1991 L.A. Story screenplay first published in 1987 with Roxanne as Two Screenplays
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate based on the 1861 novel Silas Marner by George Eliot
1999 Bowfinger
2005 Shopgirl based on his novella of the same name
2006 The Pink Panther with Len Blum
2008 Traitor story only; with Jeffrey Nachmanoff
2009 The Pink Panther 2 with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber

Other work

  • Eric Fischl: 1970–2000 (2000) (afterword)
  • Modern Library Humor and Wit Series (2000) (Introduction and series editor)
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Steve Martin Language Watch Edit This article is about the entertainer For other people named Steve Martin see Steve Martin disambiguation Stephen Glenn Martin born August 14 1945 is an American actor comedian writer producer and musician Over his distinguished career he has earned five Grammy Awards a Primetime Emmy Award and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy s 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013 1 Among many honors he has received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor the Kennedy Center Honors and an AFI Life Achievement Award In 2004 Comedy Central ranked Martin at sixth place in a list of the 100 greatest stand up comics 2 Steve MartinMartin in 2017Birth nameStephen Glenn MartinBorn 1945 08 14 August 14 1945 age 76 Waco Texas U S MediumStand upfilmtelevisionmusictheatrebooksEducationSanta Ana CollegeCalifornia State University Long BeachUniversity of California Los AngelesYears active1967 presentGenresImprovisational comedymusical comedyphysical comedysketch comedyword playsatireSubject s American culturecurrent eventspop culturehuman sexualitySpouseVictoria Tennant m 1986 div 1994 wbr Anne Stringfield m 2007 wbr Children1SignatureMusical careerGenresBluegrassfolk revivalpopcountrymusical comedyOccupation s ActorcomedianwriterfilmmakermusicianInstrumentsBanjovocalsLabelsRounderWarner Bros Associated actsEdie BrickellEarl ScruggsMartin ShortSteep Canyon RangersWebsitestevemartin wbr com Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and later as a frequent host on Saturday Night Live In the 1970s Martin performed his offbeat absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours Since the 1980s having branched away from comedy Martin has become a successful actor starring in such films as The Jerk 1979 Dead Men Don t Wear Plaid 1982 The Man with Two Brains 1983 Three Amigos 1986 Planes Trains and Automobiles 1987 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 Sgt Bilko 1996 Bowfinger 1999 and Looney Tunes Back in Action 2003 He has also starred as the family patriarch in Parenthood 1989 the Father of the Bride films 1991 1995 and the Cheaper by the Dozen films 2003 2005 In 2021 he co created and starred in a Hulu comedy series Only Murders in the Building Martin is also known for writing the book and lyrics to the musical Bright Star 2016 and the comedy Meteor Shower 2017 both of which premiered on Broadway While he has played banjo since an early age and included music in his comedy routines from the beginning of his professional career he has increasingly dedicated his career to music since the 2000s acting less and spending much of his professional life playing banjo recording and touring with various bluegrass acts including Earl Scruggs with whom he won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 2002 His first solo music album The Crow New Songs for the 5 String Banjo 2009 received the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album 3 Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Career 2 1 Stand up comedy 2 1 1 Late night 2 1 2 Comedy albums 2 1 3 Return to standup 2 2 Acting career 2 2 1 1970s 2 2 2 1980s 2 2 3 1990s 2 2 4 2000s 2 2 5 2010s 2 2 6 2020s 2 3 Writing 2 3 1 Books 2 3 2 Broadway 2 4 Hosting 2 5 Music career 2 5 1 Banjo music 2 5 2 Steep Canyon Rangers 3 Personal life 4 Influences 5 Filmography 6 Awards and nominations 7 Discography 7 1 Albums 7 2 Singles 7 3 Music videos 8 Stand up specials 8 1 Other video releases 9 Bibliography 9 1 Plays novels and collections 9 2 Films written by 9 3 Other work 10 References 11 Sources 12 External linksEarly life and education Edit Steve Martin as a senior in high school 1963 Martin was born on August 14 1945 4 5 in Waco Texas 6 the son of Mary Lee nee Stewart 1913 2002 and Glenn Vernon Martin 1914 1997 a real estate salesman and aspiring actor 7 8 Martin is of English Scottish Welsh Scots Irish German and French descent and was raised in Inglewood California with sister Melinda Martin and then later in Garden Grove California in a Baptist family 9 Martin was a cheerleader of Garden Grove High School 10 One of his earliest memories is of seeing his father as an extra serving drinks onstage at the Call Board Theatre on Melrose Place During World War II in the United Kingdom Martin s father had appeared in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey Expressing his affection through gifts like cars and bikes Martin s father was stern and not emotionally open to his son 11 He was proud but critical with Martin later recalling that in his teens his feelings for his father were mostly of hatred 12 Martin s first job was at Disneyland selling guidebooks on weekends and full time during his school s summer break That lasted for three years 1955 1958 During his free time he frequented the Main Street Magic shop where tricks were demonstrated to patrons 11 While working at Disneyland he was captured in the background of the home movie that was made into the short subject film Disneyland Dream incidentally becoming his first film appearance By 1960 he had mastered several magic tricks and illusions and took a paying job at the Magic shop in Fantasyland in August There he perfected his talents for magic juggling and creating balloon animals in the manner of mentor Wally Boag 13 frequently performing for tips 14 In his authorized biography close friend Morris Walker suggests that Martin could be described most accurately as an agnostic he rarely went to church and was never involved in organized religion of his own volition 15 In his early 20s Martin dated Melissa Trumbo daughter of novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo After high school Martin attended Santa Ana College taking classes in drama and English poetry In his free time he teamed up with friend and Garden Grove High School classmate Kathy Westmoreland to participate in comedies and other productions at the Bird Cage Theatre He joined a comedy troupe at Knott s Berry Farm 11 Later he met budding actress Stormie Sherk and they developed comedy routines and became romantically involved Sherk s influence caused Martin to apply to the California State University Long Beach for enrollment with a major in philosophy 11 Sherk enrolled at UCLA about an hour s drive north and the distance eventually caused them to lead separate lives 16 Inspired by his philosophy classes Martin considered becoming a professor instead of an actor comedian His time at college changed his life It changed what I believe and what I think about everything I majored in philosophy Something about non sequiturs appealed to me In philosophy I started studying logic and they were talking about cause and effect and you start to realize Hey there is no cause and effect There is no logic There is no anything Then it gets real easy to write this stuff because all you have to do is twist everything hard you twist the punch line you twist the non sequitur so hard away from the things that set it up 17 Martin recalls reading a treatise on comedy that led him to think What if there were no punch lines What if there were no indicators What if I created tension and never released it What if I headed for a climax but all I delivered was an anticlimax What would the audience do with all that tension Theoretically it would have to come out sometime But if I kept denying them the formality of a punch line the audience would eventually pick their own place to laugh essentially out of desperation 18 Martin periodically spoofed his philosophy studies in his 1970s stand up act comparing philosophy with studying geology If you re studying geology which is all facts as soon as you get out of school you forget it all but philosophy you remember just enough to screw you up for the rest of your life 19 In 1967 Martin transferred to UCLA and switched his major to theater While attending college he appeared in an episode of The Dating Game winning a date with Deana Martin Martin began working local clubs at night to mixed notices and at twenty one he dropped out of college 20 Career EditStand up comedy Edit Late night Edit In 1967 his former girlfriend Nina Goldblatt a dancer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour helped Martin land a writing job with the show by submitting his work to head writer Mason Williams 21 Williams initially paid Martin out of his own pocket Along with the other writers for the show Martin won an Emmy Award 22 in 1969 at the age of twenty three 11 He wrote for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour Martin s first television appearance was on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968 He says I appeared on The Virginia Graham Show circa 1970 I looked grotesque I had a hairdo like a helmet which I blow dried to a puffy bouffant for reasons I no longer understand I wore a frock coat and a silk shirt and my delivery was mannered slow and self aware I had absolutely no authority After reviewing the show I was depressed for a week 23 During these years his roommates included Gary Mule Deer and Michael Johnson 24 Martin opened for groups such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who returned the favor by appearing in his 1980 television special All Commercials The Carpenters and Toto He appeared at The Boarding House among other venues He continued to write earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976 In the mid 1970s Martin made frequent appearances as a stand up comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 23 and on The Gong Show HBO s On Location The Muppet Show 25 and NBC s Saturday Night Live SNL SNL s audience jumped by a million viewers when he made guest appearances and he was one of the show s most successful hosts 11 Martin has appeared on twenty seven Saturday Night Live shows and guest hosted fifteen times second only to Alec Baldwin who has hosted seventeen times as of February 2017 update On the show Martin popularized the air quotes gesture 26 While on the show Martin grew close to several cast members including Gilda Radner On the night she died of ovarian cancer a visibly shaken Martin hosted SNL and featured footage of himself and Radner together in a 1978 sketch Comedy albums Edit Steve Martin 1976 In the 1970s his television appearances led to the release of comedy albums that went platinum 11 The track Excuse Me on his first album Let s Get Small 1977 helped establish a national catch phrase 11 His next album A Wild and Crazy Guy 1978 was an even bigger success reaching the No 2 spot on the U S sales chart selling over a million copies Just a wild and crazy guy became another of Martin s known catchphrases 11 The album featured a character based on a series of Saturday Night Live sketches in which Martin and Dan Aykroyd played the Festrunk Brothers Yortuk and Georgi were bumbling Czechoslovak would be playboys The album ends with the song King Tut sung and written by Martin and backed by the Toot Uncommons members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band It was later released as a single reaching No 17 on the U S charts in 1978 and selling over a million copies 11 27 The song came out during the King Tut craze that accompanied the popular traveling exhibit of the Egyptian king s tomb artifacts Both albums won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording in 1977 and 1978 respectively Martin performed King Tut on April 22 1978 SNL program Decades later in 2012 The A V Club described Martin s unique style and its effect on audiences Martin was both a consummate entertainer and a glib knowing parody of a consummate entertainer He was at once a hammy populist with an uncanny unprecedented feel for the tastes of a mass audience and a sly intellectual whose goofy shtick cunningly deconstructed stand up comedy 28 On his comedy albums Martin s stand up is self referential and sometimes self mocking It mixes philosophical riffs with sudden spurts of happy feet banjo playing with balloon depictions of concepts like venereal disease and the controversial kitten juggling he is a master juggler the kittens were stuffed animals His style is off kilter and ironic and sometimes pokes fun at stand up comedy traditions such as Martin opening his act from A Wild and Crazy Guy by saying I think there s nothing better for a person to come up and do the same thing over and over for two weeks This is what I enjoy so I m going to do the same thing over and over and over I m going to do the same joke over and over in the same show it ll be like a new thing Or Hello I m Steve Martin and I ll be out here in a minute 26 29 In one comedy routine used on the Comedy Is Not Pretty album Martin claimed that his real name was Gern Blanston The riff took on a life of its own There is a Gern Blanston website and for a time a rock band took the moniker as its name 30 Martin s show soon required full sized stadiums for the audiences he was drawing Concerned about his visibility in venues on such a scale Martin began to wear a distinctive three piece white suit that became a trademark for his act 31 Martin stopped doing stand up comedy in 1981 to concentrate on movies and did not return for thirty five years 11 About this decision he states My act was conceptual Once the concept was stated and everybody understood it it was done It was about coming to the end of the road There was no way to live on in that persona I had to take that fabulous luck of not being remembered as that exclusively You know I didn t announce that I was stopping I just stopped 32 Return to standup Edit In 2016 Martin made a low key comeback to comedy opening for Jerry Seinfeld He performed a ten minute stand up routine before turning the stage over to Seinfeld 33 Also in 2016 he staged a national tour with Martin Short and the Steep Canyon Rangers which yielded a 2018 Netflix comedy special Steve Martin and Martin Short An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life 34 The special received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations with Martin receiving two nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special and Outstanding Music and Lyrics for The Buddy Song Acting career Edit Martin in 1982 1970s Edit By the end of the 1970s Martin had acquired the kind of following normally reserved for rock stars with his tour appearances typically occurring at sold out arenas filled with tens of thousands of screaming fans But unknown to his audience stand up comedy was just an accident for him his real goal was to get into film 17 Martin had a small role in the 1972 film Another Nice Mess In 1974 he starred in the Canadian travelogue production The Funnier Side Of Eastern Canada created to promote tourism in Montreal and Toronto which also included standup segments filmed at the Ice House in Pasadena California 35 His first substantial film appearance was in a short titled The Absent Minded Waiter 1977 The seven minute long film also featuring Buck Henry and Teri Garr was written by and starred Martin The film was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Short Film Live Action He made his first substantial feature film appearance in the musical Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band where he sang The Beatles Maxwell s Silver Hammer In 1979 Martin starred in the comedy film The Jerk directed by Carl Reiner and written by Martin Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb The film was a huge success grossing over 100 million on a budget of approximately 4 million 36 Stanley Kubrick met with him to discuss the possibility of Martin starring in a screwball comedy version of Traumnovelle Kubrick later changed his approach to the material the result of which was 1999 s Eyes Wide Shut Martin was executive producer for Domestic Life a prime time television series starring friend Martin Mull and a late night series called Twilight Theater It emboldened Martin to try his hand at his first serious film Pennies from Heaven 1981 based on the 1978 BBC serial by Dennis Potter He was anxious to perform in the movie because of his desire to avoid being typecast To prepare for that film Martin took acting lessons from director Herbert Ross and spent months learning how to tap dance The film was a financial failure Martin s comment at the time was I don t know what to blame other than it s me and not a comedy 37 1980s Edit Martin was in three more Reiner directed comedies after The Jerk Dead Men Don t Wear Plaid in 1982 The Man with Two Brains in 1983 and All of Me in 1984 his most critically acclaimed performance up to that point 38 39 In 1986 Martin joined fellow Saturday Night Live veterans Martin Short and Chevy Chase in Three Amigos directed by John Landis and written by Martin Lorne Michaels and singer songwriter Randy Newman It was originally entitled The Three Caballeros and Martin was to be teamed with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi In 1986 Martin was in the movie musical film version of the hit Off Broadway play Little Shop of Horrors based on a famous B movie playing the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello The film was the first of three films teaming Martin with Rick Moranis In 1987 Martin joined comedian John Candy in the John Hughes movie Planes Trains and Automobiles 40 That same year Roxanne the film adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac which Martin co wrote won him a Writers Guild of America Award It also garnered recognition from Hollywood and the public that he was more than a comedian In 1988 he performed in the Frank Oz film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels a remake of Bedtime Story alongside Michael Caine Also in 1988 he appeared at the Mitzi E Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in a revival of Waiting for Godot directed by Mike Nichols 41 He played Vladimir with Robin Williams as Estragon and Bill Irwin as Lucky Martin starred in the Ron Howard film Parenthood with Rick Moranis in 1989 1990s Edit He later re teamed with Moranis in the Mafia comedy My Blue Heaven 1990 In 1991 Martin starred in and wrote L A Story a romantic comedy in which the female lead was played by his then wife Victoria Tennant Martin also appeared in Lawrence Kasdan s Grand Canyon in which he played the tightly wound Hollywood film producer Davis who was recovering from a traumatic robbery that left him injured which was a more serious role for him Martin also starred in a remake of the comedy Father of the Bride in 1991 followed by a sequel in 1995 and in the 1992 comedy Housesitter with Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany In 1994 he starred in A Simple Twist of Fate a film adaptation of Silas Marner In David Mamet s 1997 thriller The Spanish Prisoner Martin played a darker role as a wealthy stranger who takes a suspicious interest in the work of a young businessman Campbell Scott He went on to star with Eddie Murphy in the 1999 comedy Bowfinger which Martin also wrote In 1998 Martin guest starred with U2 in the 200th episode of The Simpsons titled Trash of the Titans providing the voice for sanitation commissioner Ray Patterson In 1999 Martin and Hawn starred in a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy The Out of Towners 2000s Edit By 2003 Martin ranked fourth on the box office stars list after starring in Bringing Down The House 2003 and Cheaper by the Dozen 2003 each of which earned over 130 million at U S theaters That same year he also played the villainous Mr Chairman in the animation live action blend Looney Tunes Back in Action In 2005 Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl based on his own novella 2000 and starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 In 2006 he starred in the box office hit The Pink Panther as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau He reprised the role in 2009 s The Pink Panther 2 When combined the two films grossed over 230 million at the box office In the comedy Baby Mama 2008 starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Martin played the founder of a health food company Martin also appeared as a guest star in 30 Rock as Gavin Volure in the episode Gavin Volure He was nominated for a Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series The following year he starred in Nancy Meyers romantic comedy It s Complicated 2009 opposite Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin In 2009 an article in The Guardian listed Martin as one of the best actors never to receive an Oscar nomination 42 2010s Edit Martin with David Letterman at the Peabody Awards in 2016 During the 2010s Martin sparsely appeared in film and television In 2011 he appeared with Jack Black Owen Wilson and JoBeth Williams in the birdwatching comedy The Big Year directed by David Frankel The film was criticized for its lightweight story and was a box office bomb After a three year hiatus Martin returned in 2015 when he voiced a role in the DreamWorks animated film Home alongside Jim Parsons and Rihanna The film received mixed critical reception but was a financial success In 2016 he played a supporting role in Ang Lee s war drama Billy Lynn s Long Halftime Walk He also appeared as himself in Jerry Seinfeld s Netflix series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in 2016 He also appeared in the taped version of Oh Hello on Broadway 2017 as the guest He also starred in the Netflix comedy special An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life with Martin Short in 2018 2020s Edit In February 2020 Martin opened the 92nd Academy Awards alongside Chris Rock with comedy material They were not previously announced as that years hosts and joked after their opening monologue Well we ve had a great time not hosting tonight In 2020 Martin reprised his role as George Banks in the short Father of the Bride Part 3 ish Martin stars in and is an executive producer of Only Murders in the Building a Hulu comedy series alongside Martin Short and Selena Gomez which he created alongside John Hoffman 43 44 Writing Edit Books Edit Martin at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival In 1993 Martin wrote his first full length play Picasso at the Lapin Agile The first reading of the play took place in Beverly Hills California at Steve Martin s home with Tom Hanks reading the role of Pablo Picasso and Chris Sarandon reading the role of Albert Einstein Following this the play opened at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and played from October 1993 to May 1994 then went on to run successfully in Los Angeles New York City and several other US cities 45 In 2009 the school board in La Grande Oregon refused to allow the play to be performed after several parents complained about the content In an open letter in the local Observer newspaper Martin wrote I have heard that some in your community have characterized the play as people drinking in bars and treating women as sex objects With apologies to William Shakespeare this is like calling Hamlet a play about a castle I will finance a non profit off high school campus production so that individuals outside the jurisdiction of the school board but within the guarantees of freedom of expression provided by the Constitution of the United States can determine whether they will or will not see the play 46 Throughout the 1990s Martin wrote various pieces for The New Yorker In 2002 he adapted the Carl Sternheim play The Underpants which ran Off Broadway at Classic Stage Company and in 2008 co wrote and produced Traitor starring Don Cheadle He has also written the novellas Shopgirl 2000 and The Pleasure of My Company 2003 both more wry in tone than raucous 47 A story of a 28 year old woman behind the glove counter at the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills Shopgirl was made into a film starring Martin and Claire Danes 47 The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005 and was featured at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival before going into limited release in the US In 2007 he published a memoir Born Standing Up which Time magazine named as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007 ranking it at No 6 and praising it as a funny moving surprisingly frank memoir 48 In 2010 he published the novel An Object of Beauty 49 Beginning in 2019 Martin has collaborated with cartoonist Harry Bliss as a writer for the syndicated single panel comic Bliss 50 51 Together they published the cartoon collection A Wealth of Pigeons 52 Broadway Edit Inspired by Love has Come for You Martin and Edie Brickell collaborated on his first musical Bright Star It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945 46 with flashbacks to 1923 The musical debuted on Broadway on March 24 2016 53 Charles Isherwood of The New York Times praised its score by Martin and Brickell writing The shining achievement of the musical is its winsome country and bluegrass score with music by Mr Martin and Ms Brickell and lyrics by Ms Brickell the songs yearning ballads and square dance romps rich with fiddle piano and banjo beautifully played by a nine person band provide a buoyancy that keeps the momentum from stalling 54 The musical went on to receive five Tony Award nominations including Best Musical Martin himself received Tony nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score and received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the Outstanding Critics Circle Award for Best New Score He also received a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album Martin s next work as a playwright was the comic play Meteor Shower which opened at San Diego s Old Globe Theatre in August 2016 55 and went on to Connecticut s Long Wharf Theatre later the same year 56 The play opened on Broadway at the Booth Theater on November 29 2017 The cast features Amy Schumer Laura Benanti Jeremy Shamos and Keegan Michael Key with direction by Jerry Zaks 57 58 Critic Allison Adaot of Entertainment Weekly wrote Meteor Shower is a very funny play Keening like a howler monkey funny Design a new cry laughing emoji funny In the confident hands of writer and comedy maestro Steve Martin the premise is polished to sparkling 59 Hosting Edit Martin hosted the Academy Awards solo in 2001 and 2003 and with Alec Baldwin in 2010 60 In 2005 Martin co hosted Disneyland The First 50 Magical Years marking the park s anniversary Disney continued to run the show until March 2009 which now when plays in the lobby of Great Moments with Mr Lincoln A fan of Monty Python in 1989 Martin hosted the television special Parrot Sketch Not Included 20 Years of Monty Python 61 62 Music career Edit Banjo music Edit Martin playing with the Steep Canyon Rangers in Seattle in November 2009 Martin first picked up the banjo when he was around 17 years of age Martin has stated in several interviews and in his memoir Born Standing Up that he used to take 33 rpm bluegrass records and slow them down to 16 rpm and tune his banjo down so the notes would sound the same Martin was able to pick out each note and perfect his playing citation needed Martin learned how to play the banjo with help from John McEuen who later joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band McEuen s brother later managed Martin as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Martin did his stand up routine opening for the band in the early 1970s He had the band play on his hit song King Tut being credited as The Toot Uncommons as in Tutankhamun citation needed The banjo was a staple of Martin s 1970s stand up career and he periodically poked fun at his love for the instrument 23 On the Comedy Is Not Pretty album he included an all instrumental jam titled Drop Thumb Medley and played the track on his 1979 concert tour His final comedy album The Steve Martin Brothers 1981 featured one side of Martin s typical stand up material with the other side featuring live performances of Steve playing banjo with a bluegrass band In 2001 he played banjo on Earl Scruggs s remake of Foggy Mountain Breakdown The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the Grammy Awards of 2002 In 2008 Martin appeared with the band In the Minds of the Living during a show in Myrtle Beach South Carolina 63 In 2009 Martin released his first all music album The Crow New Songs for the 5 String Banjo with appearances from stars such as Dolly Parton 64 The album won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010 65 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen produced the album Martin made his first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry on May 30 2009 66 In the American Idol season eight finals he performed alongside Michael Sarver and Megan Joy in the song Pretty Flowers Steep Canyon Rangers Edit Steve Martin at MerleFest in 2010 In June Martin played banjo along with the Steep Canyon Rangers on A Prairie Home Companion and began a two month U S tour with the Rangers in September including appearances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival Carnegie Hall and Benaroya Hall in Seattle 67 68 In November they went on to play at the Royal Festival Hall in London with support from Mary Black 69 In 2010 Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers appeared at the New Orleans Jazzfest Merlefest Bluegrass Festival in Wilkesboro North Carolina at Bonnaroo Music Festival at the ROMP 70 Bluegrass Festival in Owensboro Kentucky at the Red Butte Garden Concert series and on the BBC s Later with Jools Holland 71 72 Martin performed Jubilation Day with the Steep Canyon Rangers on The Colbert Report on March 21 2011 on Conan on May 3 2011 and on BBC s The One Show on July 6 2011 73 Martin performed a song he wrote called Me and Paul Revere 74 in addition to two other songs on the lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington DC at the Capitol Fourth Celebration on July 4 2011 75 In 2011 Martin also narrated and appeared in the PBS documentary Give Me The Banjo chronicling the history of the banjo in America 76 Love Has Come for You a collaboration album with Edie Brickell was released in April 2013 77 The two made musical guest appearances on talk shows such as The View and Late Show with David Letterman to promote the album 78 79 80 The title track won the Grammy Award for Best American Roots Song 81 Starting in May 2013 he began a tour with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell throughout the United States 82 In 2015 Brickell and Martin released So Familiar as the second installment of their partnership 83 In 2017 Martin and Brickell appeared in the multi award winning documentary film The American Epic Sessions directed by Bernard MacMahon Recording live direct to disc on the first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s 84 they performed a version of The Coo Coo Bird a traditional song that Martin learned from the 1960s folk music group The Holy Modal Rounders 85 The song was featured on the film soundtrack Music from The American Epic Sessions released on June 9 2017 84 In 2010 Martin created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass an award established to reward artistry and bring greater visibility to bluegrass performers The prize includes a US 50 000 cash award a bronze sculpture created by the artist Eric Fischl and a chance to perform with Martin on Late Show with David Letterman Recipients include Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers band 2010 86 Sammy Shelor of Lonesome River Band 2011 87 Mark Johnson 2012 88 Jens Kruger 2013 89 Eddie Adcock 2014 90 Danny Barnes 2015 Rhiannon Giddens 2016 Scott Vestal 2017 Kristin Scott Benson 2018 91 and Victor Furtado 2019 92 Personal life EditIn the late 1970s and early 1980s Martin was in a relationship with Bernadette Peters with whom he co starred in The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven He also dated Mary Tyler Moore 93 On November 20 1986 Martin married actress Victoria Tennant with whom he co starred in All of Me 1984 and L A Story They divorced in 1994 94 Steve Martin signs an autograph for Air Force 2d Lt Gregory Krager at Riyadh Air Base Saudi Arabia during his Gulf War USO Tour on October 14 1990 Martin went on a USO Tour to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm from October 14 to 21 1990 Martin met with military service men and women all over the region signing thousands of autographs and posing for pictures 95 Everybody coming out here giving up part of their lives for this effort I had some time off and I felt kind of bad just sitting there Martin said so I came 96 On July 28 2007 Martin married writer and former New Yorker staffer Anne Stringfield 97 Bob Kerrey presided over the ceremony at Martin s Los Angeles home Lorne Michaels served as best man 97 The nuptials came as a surprise to several guests who had been told they were coming for a party 97 In December 2012 Martin became a father for the first time when Stringfield gave birth to a daughter 98 99 Martin has been an avid art collector since 1968 when he bought a print by Ed Ruscha 100 In 2001 the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presented a five month exhibit of twenty eight items from Martin s collection including works by Roy Lichtenstein Pablo Picasso David Hockney and Edward Hopper 101 In 2006 he sold Hopper s Hotel Window 1955 102 at Sotheby s for 26 8 million 103 In 2015 working with two other curators he organized a show The Idea of North The Paintings of Lawren Harris to introduce Americans to Canadian painter and Group of Seven co founder Lawren Harris 104 In July 2004 Martin purchased what he believed to be Landschaft mit Pferden Landscape with Horses a 1915 work by Heinrich Campendonk from a Paris gallery for approximately 700 000 Fifteen months later the painting was sold at Christie s auction to a Swiss businesswoman for 500 000 Police believe the fake Campendonk originated from a collection devised by a German forgery ring led by Wolfgang Beltracchi pieces from which had been sold to French galleries 105 Martin only discovered the fact that the painting had been fake many years after it had been sold at the auction Concerning the experience Martin said that the Beltracchis were quite clever in that they gave it a long provenance and they faked labels and it came out of a collection that mingled legitimate pictures with faked pictures 106 107 Martin served on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art board of trustees from 1984 to 2004 108 Martin assisted in launching the National Endowment for Indigenous Visual Arts Neiva a fund to support Australian Indigenous artists in 2021 Martin has supported Indigenous Australian painting previously He organized an exhibition in 2019 with Gagosian Gallery titled Desert Painters of Australia which featured art by George Tjungurrayi and Emily Kame Kngwarreye 109 Martin has suffered from tinnitus since filming a pistol shooting scene for Three Amigos in 1986 110 111 In a later interview with Pitchfork he clarified that the tinnitus was actually from years of listening to loud music and performing in front of noisy crowds 112 Influences EditMartin has stated that his comedy influences include Charlie Chaplin Laurel and Hardy Jack Benny Jerry Lewis and Woody Allen 113 114 Martin stated on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that Jerry Seinfeld is one of his retro heroes a guy who came up behind me and is better than I am I think he s fantastic I love to listen to him he almost puts me at peace I love to listen to him talk 115 Martin s offbeat ironic and deconstructive style of humor has influenced many comedians during his career This includes Tina Fey Steve Carell Conan O Brien Jon Stewart 116 Stephen Colbert Robert Smigel Bo Burnham 117 and Jordan Peele 118 Singer and composer Mike Patton cited Steve Martin as an early influence 119 and said that he felt identified with him 120 Filmography EditMain article Steve Martin filmographyAwards and nominations EditMain article List of awards and nominations received by Steve MartinDiscography EditAlbums Edit Album Year Peak chart positions Certifications 121 TypeBillboard 200 122 US Bluegrass 123 Let s Get Small 1977 10 US Platinum comedyA Wild and Crazy Guy 1978 2 US 2 PlatinumComedy Is Not Pretty 1979 25 US GoldThe Steve Martin Brothers 1981 135 The Crow New Songs for the 5 String Banjo 2009 93 1 musicRare Bird Alert 124 with Steep Canyon Rangers 2011 43 1Love Has Come for You 125 with Edie Brickell 2013 21 1Live with Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell 2014 1So Familiar 126 with Edie Brickell 2015 126 1The Long Awaited Album 127 with Steep Canyon Rangers 2017 189 1 denotes a title that did not chart Singles Edit Title Year Peak chart positions US 128 Album Type Grandmother s Song 1977 72 Let s Get Small comedy King Tut 1978 17 A Wild and Crazy Guy music Cruel Shoes 1979 91 Comedy Is Not Pretty comedyMusic videos Edit Video Year Director Jubilation Day 129 2011 Ryan Reichenfeld Pretty Little One 130 2014 David Horn Won t Go Back 131 with Edie Brickell 2015 Matt Robertson Caroline 2017 Brian Petchers So Familiar 2018 Laurence Jacobs Promontory Point Stand up specials EditYear Title Notes2018 Steve Martin and Martin Short An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life with Martin ShortOther video releases Edit Steve Martin Live 1986 VHS includes short film The Absent Minded Waiter and footage from a 1979 concert Saturday Night Live The Best of Steve Martin 1998 DVD VHS sketch compilation Steve Martin The Television Stuff 2012 DVD includes content of Steve Martin Live as well as his NBC specials and other television appearances Bibliography EditPlays novels and collections Edit Year Title Notes1977 Cruel Shoes collection of essays and short stories first widely published in 19791993 Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays Picasso at the Lapin Agile the Zig Zag Woman Patter for the Floating Lady WASP play1998 Pure Drivel collection of essays and short stories2000 Shopgirl novella2001 Kindly Lent Their Owner The Private Collection of Steve Martin non fiction2002 The Underpants A Play play2003 The Pleasure of My Company novel2005 The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z children s book2007 Born Standing Up non fiction2010 An Object of Beauty novelLate for School children s book2012 The Ten Make That Nine Habits of Very Organized People Make That Ten The Tweets of Steve Martin collection of tweets2014 Bright Star musical with Edie Brickell2016 Meteor Shower play2020 A Wealth of Pigeons collection of cartoons with Harry BlissFilms written by Edit Year Title Notes1977 The Absent Minded Waiter short film1979 The Jerk with Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb1982 Dead Men Don t Wear Plaid with Carl Reiner and George Gipe1983 The Man with Two Brains with Carl Reiner and George Gipe1986 Three Amigos with Lorne Michaels and Randy Newman1987 Roxanne based on Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand1991 L A Story screenplay first published in 1987 with Roxanne as Two Screenplays1994 A Simple Twist of Fate based on the 1861 novel Silas Marner by George Eliot1999 Bowfinger2005 Shopgirl based on his novella of the same name2006 The Pink Panther with Len Blum2008 Traitor story only with Jeffrey Nachmanoff2009 The Pink Panther 2 with Scott Neustadter and Michael H WeberOther work Edit Eric Fischl 1970 2000 2000 afterword Modern Library Humor and Wit Series 2000 Introduction and series editor References Edit Academy Unveils 2013 Governors Awards Honorees Angelina Jolie Angela Lansbury Steve Martin Piero Tosi Deadline Hollywood September 5 2013 Retrieved October 26 2013 Comedy Central s 100 Greatest Stand Ups of all Time Everything2 April 18 2014 Steve Martin Artist grammy com November 23 2020 Retrieved June 30 2021 Whiteley Sandy 2002 On This Date McGraw Hill Professional p 204 ISBN 978 0071398275 Universal Men Spin 15 9 94 September 1999 ISSN 0886 3032 Walker 1999 p1 Walker Morris 2001 Steve Martin The Magic Years New York SP Books p 2 ISBN 978 1561719808 Ancestry of Steve Martin Wargs com Retrieved November 13 2011 Martin 2007 pp 20 39 Top 5 Famous former male cheerleaders The Washington Times February 20 2009 a b c d e f g h i j k Corliss Richard November 15 2007 Steve Martin a Mild and Crazy Guy Time Archived from the original on December 20 2007 Retrieved January 13 2020 Wills Dominic Steve Martin Biography TalkTalk Retrieved May 15 2010 Martin 2007 p18 19 Martin 2007 p 39 Walker 1999 p 40 Martin 2007 p 65 a b Fong Torres Ben February 18 1982 Steve Martin s New Song and Dance Rolling Stone Retrieved January 16 2020 Martin Steve February 2008 Being Funny How the path breaking comedian got his act together Smithsonian Retrieved August 14 2010 Steve Martin at IMDb SteveMartin com Stop the Presses Archived from the original on February 27 2009 Retrieved April 8 2020 Martin 2007 p 76 Steve Martin Television Academy a b c Martin teve 2008 Being Funny Smithsonian Magazine Archived from the original on October 14 2009 Retrieved February 22 2008 Martin 2007 p 77 Garlen Jennifer C Graham Anissa M 2009 Kermit Culture Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson s Muppets McFarland amp Company p 16 ISBN 978 0786442591 a b Frum David 2000 How We Got Here The 70s New York City Basic Books pp 36 37 ISBN 0 465 04195 7 King Tut Video on YouTube Retrieved August 14 2010 Rabin Nathan Steve Martin The Television Stuff Onion Inc Retrieved December 10 2012 Rationalist of the Absurd Steve Martin s extraordinarily calculated comedy New York Books November 18 2007 Retrieved August 12 2010 Archived August 18 2010 at the Wayback Machine Martin 2007 p176 77 O Reilly Terry February 8 2018 How A Wardrobe Change Transformed Steve Martin s Career Under the Influence CBC Radio One Pirate Radio Retrieved February 18 2018 Young Alex February 19 2016 After losing a bet to Jerry Seinfeld Steve Martin performs his first stand up comedy set in 35 years consequenceofsound Retrieved October 12 2020 Czajkowski Elise February 19 2016 Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin standup comedy review superbly honed The Guardian Husband Andrew May 25 2018 Steve Martin And Martin Short Embrace The Past Even When They Shun It Forbes Retrieved May 27 2018 Leeson Jef 2021 The Funnier Side Of Eastern Canada Retrieved August 20 2021 Brummel Chris 2010 The Jerk Archived from the original on September 3 2014 Retrieved June 19 2010 American film Volume 7 1981 American Film Institute Arthur M Sackler Foundation All of Me Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved November 13 2011 Steve Martin In All Of Me The New York Times September 21 1984 Retrieved August 12 2010 Wild and Crazy Guys How the Comedy Mavericks of the 80s Changed Hollywood Forever Gallo Hank December 15 1988 Steve Martin leaves stand up comedy behind scans horizon for next role The Pittsburgh Press Retrieved April 8 2019 Singer Leigh February 19 2009 Oscars the best actors never to have been nominated The Guardian London Retrieved November 13 2011 Andreeva Nellie January 17 2020 Steve Martin amp Martin Short Comedy Series From Dan Fogelman Ordered By Hulu Deadline Hollywood Retrieved December 7 2020 Otterson Joe August 7 2020 Selena Gomez Joins Steve Martin Martin Short in Hulu Comedy Only Murders in the Building Variety Retrieved December 7 2020 History Picasso At The Lapin Agile Oct 13 1993 May 12 1994 Steppenwolf Theatre Company Archived May 26 2011 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 14 2010 Of arts and sciences by Steve Martin Article in The Observer Oregon March 13 2009 Retrieved December 19 2017 a b But Seriously Folks Time article October 16 2000 Retrieved August 14 2010 Grossman Lev December 9 2007 Born Standing Up review Time Archived from the original on December 12 2007 Retrieved November 13 2011 Maslin Janet November 28 2010 A New York Tale of Art Money and Ambition The New York Times Retrieved October 24 2016 Steve Martin teaming with Harry Bliss on Bliss cartoons Tribune Content Agency April 2 2019 Retrieved May 12 2019 Polston Pamela April 17 2019 Cartoonist Harry Bliss Collaborates With Comedian Steve Martin Seven Days Retrieved May 12 2019 Publishers Weekly Book Review A Wealth of Pigeons www publishersweekly com Retrieved October 27 2020 Pearson Vince Edie Brickell Steve Martin Broadway Bound With Bright Star NPR org NPR Retrieved December 29 2015 Isherwood Charles September 29 2014 Love Loss and Local Color Make a Bluegrass Musical The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Viagas Robert August 7 2016 New Steve Martin Play Meteor Shower Opens in California Tonight Playbill Retrieved October 24 2016 Rizzo Frank October 10 2016 Connecticut Theater Review Meteor Shower by Steve Martin Variety Retrieved October 24 2016 Cox Gordon Amy Schumer to Make Broadway Debut in Steve Martin s Meteor Shower Variety August 7 2017 Gerard Jeremy Broadway Review Amy Schumer Splashes Meteor Shower With A Burst Of Starlight Deadline Hollywood November 29 2017 Amy Schumer delights in Steve Martin s new comedy Meteor Shower EW review Entertainment Weekly Retrieved June 30 2021 Hosts of the 2010 82nd Academy Awards Archived November 7 2009 at the Wayback Machine Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Monty Python 30 years of near reunions from the comedy troupe Digital Spy Retrieved August 25 2019 McCall Douglas November 12 2013 Monty Python A Chronology 1969 2012 2d ed McFarland ISBN 9780786478118 Steve Martin Plays The Banjo Really Well Video October 6 2009 HuffPost Retrieved May 15 2010 Itzkoff Dave August 5 2009 Steve Martin brings it all home with his banjo The Guardian Retrieved May 15 2010 The Crow album on Martin s official website Retrieved May 15 2010 Steve Martin To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut April 1 2009 Billboard Retrieved May 15 2010 Benaroya Hall Calendar Seattle Symphony Orchestra Archived June 9 2011 at the Wayback Machine Madison Tjames August 4 2009 Steve Martin and his banjo map fall tour LiveDaily Archived from the original on August 7 2009 Retrieved October 4 2021 Gill Andy November 10 2009 Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers Royal Festival Hall London The Independent 2011 ROMP International Bluegrass Music Museum Archived from the original on May 2 2009 Concerts Red Butte Garden 2010 Outdoor Concert Series Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City Utah University of Utah 2010 Archived from the original on June 19 2010 Retrieved October 4 2021 CS1 maint unfit URL link BBC BBC Two Programmes Later with Jools Holland Series 35 Episode 9 BBC Retrieved May 15 2010 Tobey Matt March 21 2011 This Week on the Colbert Report Steve Martin Comedy Partners Retrieved November 13 2011 Barker Olivia June 29 2011 Steve Martin s Paul Revere picks away at history USA Today A Capitol Fourth Watch Steve Martin Sizzle PBS July 3 2011 Retrieved June 23 2021 Martin Steve October 31 2011 Give Me The Banjo Trailer PBS Retrieved June 23 2021 Thompson Stephen April 14 2013 First Listen Steve Martin And Edie Brickell Love Has Come For You NPR Retrieved April 18 2013 Bauer Scott April 22 2013 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell s Love Has Come For You Collaboration A Perfect Blend of Traditional Modern HuffPost The Late Show with Stephen Colbert CBS All Access Cbs com Itzkoff Dave April 19 2013 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell s Love Has Come For You The New York Times Grammy Awards Past Winners Search Steve Martin The Recording Academy Archived from the original on January 25 2013 Retrieved June 23 2021 CS1 maint unfit URL link Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Announce North American Tour SteveMartin com Retrieved May 28 2013 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell on Unexplored Territory of New Album Rolling Stone October 29 2015 Retrieved October 29 2015 a b American Epic The Collection amp The Soundtrack Out May 12th Legacy Recordings Legacy Recordings April 28 2017 Retrieved February 27 2018 MacMahon Bernard September 28 2016 An Interview with Bernard MacMahon Breakfast Television Interview Interview with Jill Belland Calgary City Itzkoff Dave September 15 2010 Steve Martin Creates Steve Martin Bluegrass Prize The New York Times Retrieved January 24 2013 Itzkoff Dave September 6 2011 Steve Martin Honors Another Banjo Player The New York Times Retrieved January 24 2013 Itzkoff Dave September 20 2012 Steve Martin Awards Third Annual Bluegrass Prize The New York Times Retrieved January 24 2013 Itzkoff Dave September 11 2013 Steve Martin s Prize for Bluegrass Goes to Jens Kruger The New York Times Retrieved October 1 2013 Itzkoff Dave September 15 2014 Veteran Banjo Player Wins Bluegrass Honor The Steve Martin Prize Goes to Eddie Adcock The New York Times Retrieved September 22 2014 Lewis Randy 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