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Ovation: Steve Martin – Actor, Comedian, Author, Playwright, Producer, Musician and Composer.

07/07/2012

One of my favorite albums in my teenage years was Steve Martin’s “Let’s Get Small”.  I would play that record over and over, alone in my room, and laugh until I had tears in my eyes.  Eventually I had every word of it memorized.  He was a “ramblin’ man”!  Some of his comedy may not have been “suitable” for an audience of people my age, but I was allowed to enjoy his absurd stories and jokes so long as I didn’t repeat anything vulgar.

 I loved him on The Muppet Show, The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live.  He was great in movies, too, having been featured or starred in more than fifty to date.  Who can forget The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plain, The Man with Two Brains, All of Me, Three Amigos and Parenthood to name just a few.

He’s an acclaimed writer as well having written various pieces for The New Yorker and adapting screenplays like The Underpants.  He’s also written the novellas The Pleasure of My Company and Shopgirl which, eventually, became a feature film.  My favorite of his books will always be The Cruel Shoes.

I loved him when he hosted the Academy awards, both on his own in 2001 and with Alec Baldwin in 2010.  His career even includes performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage with Vince Gill and others.  Just this Wednesday, I enjoyed watching his bluegrass performance as a part of a Fourth of July celebration at the Nation’s Capital.

Steve Martin is, probably, the only performer to have won multiple Grammy Awards for both Best Comedy Album and Best Country Instrumental.  So many accomplishments and so many more to come.  Even as he approaches his 70th birthday, his genuine smile, love of performing and his catchphrase “Excuuuuse me!” still makes me laugh out loud.

Are you a fan?

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12 Comments
  1. I’m a big fan. I saw him live several times in the late 70s, and that still brings a smile to my face. But he really helped me out when I moved to French-speaking Switzerland with his routine “the first thing you do when you go to France is put on a french accent: ‘I wud lak to go to zee ‘otel.'” I swear that routine ran through my head for 5 years! (Those French have a different word for everything!)

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  2. Always been a fan. Saw him live at the old Exit Inn back in the mid-70s. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder.

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  3. anne marie in philly permalink

    steve and gilda radner dancing on SNL; a cherished memory.

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  4. mary i permalink

    Although I have never seen him “live” I love him.

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  5. I love Steve Martin and Cruel Shoes is my favorite of his books too. My favorite movies are The Jerk and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. He is so talented in so many areas but I think he also works harder than most as well. What an accomplished person he is.

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  6. Oh yeah, you bet I’m a fan. “Cleaning Woman!”

    Your “hats off,” was very cool, and a treat to read. Solid and sincere.

    I had cool folks too, and in 7th grade I got “Wild and Crazy Guy” for X-mas along with the same rule to keep it to myself..

    The garage is where I would hole myself up and listen until my face hurt from laughing so hard.

    Would you happen to know if he’s ever played an actual bad guy? I think he could pull it off, and be excellent.

    I saw part of this movie not too long ago, and Albert Brooks stabbed someone in the eye. He was frightening. Martin would probably be pretty scary in a role like that. Don’t you think?

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  7. I have even loved him as a Dad in the Father of the Bride movies.

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