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