Steve Martin
American comedian, writer, entertainer
Steve Martin
Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, musician and composer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours.
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On the Culture Front: Othello, The Tempest, Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts and more
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Even in the dark of winter, New York shines with creativity of all stripes that make me happy to be here over any warmer climate. The past month or so has been no exception. New York Theatre Workshop put on Sam Gold's incredible production of "Othello" set in modern day wartime. Countless articles featured its stars Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, who undoubtedly gave searing first-rate performances. Craig brought a gentle seduction and even humanity to the quintessential villain of Iago while David Oyelowo painted a vivid portrait of a good man destroyed by bad information. What haunts me though is the way Rachel Brosnahan's Desdemona pleaded in vein for her life. Full of passion and sincerity and utterly in the right by any objective court of opinion, she's done in by the misinformation that's rotted Othello's soul. "Made in China" is a wild fever dream musical sung by lonely puppets on a harebrained adventure but writer/directors Gwendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage were inspired b ...
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Book Review: "Kicking Through The Ashes"
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Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Boom Ritch Shydner It's been just about 50 years since the fuse on the last big comedy explosion was lit, touched off about the same time protests against the Viet Nam war, the Summer of Love and man first landed on the moon. George Carlin traded in his necktie for a jean jacket, Richard Pryor came roaring out of the urban counterculture, and Rodney Dangerfield discovered that getting no respect was his key to selling out rooms. Between then and now, thousands upon thousands of stand-up comedians have thrown themselves on the grenade. A few of them, in one decade or another, have made their mark as true comedy stars be it on stage, television or in the movies. Hundreds more have become "household names" of one degree or another, as stars of comedy special, sitcoms or -- in the past decade or so -- soundcasting. And through documentaries, books, or soundcasts, a number of people have tried to capture the esse ...
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Steve Martin, Carrie Fisher, and the Male Response to Female Beauty
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In response to the news that Carrie Fisher had died, Steve Martin shared on Facebook the vivid memory of the impact Ms. Fisher had had on him nearly forty years before (presumably when he'd seen her portraying Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie). "When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen," Martin began. More...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The 66 Best Things in Pop Culture in 2016
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2016 was a bad year. We know it. It's been written everywhere. The world is in complete disarray. Even if you voted for Trump, you have to agree with that. Celebrity deaths were too much to handle. The Oscars were "so white." Mariah pulled a Milli Vanilli at the final hour. I could go on and on, but I won't. The year wasn't all bad. Here are my personal favorite things about the year in film, television, and music in no particular order. Share your own below. Here's hoping 2017 is better. Believe in hope. 1. The Chicago Cubs winning The World Series and Bill Murray and John Cusack's reactions to it 2. Lion - the acting, writing, and direction 3. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences 4. David Bowie's grand exit - Lazarus 5. Bon Iver's brilliant 22, A Million 6. Everything about Nocturnal Animals 7. Letters to Cleo's comeback 8. Spider-man's awesome cameo in Civil War 9. Amy Adams in Arrival especially the scene in which she makes "contact" 10. Westworld, a serie ...
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Celebrities served up annoying tweets in 2016… - The Mercury News
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The Mercury News Celebrities served up annoying tweets in 2016… The Mercury News Lena Dunham at the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour in Pasadena. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images). By Martha Ross | mross@bayareanewsgroup.com. PUBLISHED: January 1, 2017 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: January 2, 2017 at 2:58 ... Steve Martin Deletes Carrie Fisher Tribute After Claims of SexismJust Jared A made-for-TV New Year's: From 'Twilight Zone' to James Bond, a rundown of the marathonsLos Angeles Times Steve Martin Deleted His Carrie Fisher Memorial Tweet After Online Backlash -- See What He Wrote For Yourself!PerezHilton.com MassLive.com -The New American -Fayetteville Observer -The Interrobang all 99 news articles »
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Steve Martin Deletes Carrie Fisher Tribute After Claims of Sexism - Just Jared
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Just Jared Steve Martin Deletes Carrie Fisher Tribute After Claims of Sexism Just Jared Steve Martin deleted a tweet that he wrote as a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher after people called his words sexist. The 71-year-old actor was trying to convey that he was captured by the Star Wars actress' beauty at a young age and later learned of ... A made-for-TV New Year's: From 'Twilight Zone' to James Bond, a rundown of the marathonsLos Angeles Times Steve Martin Attacked for 'Sexist' Tweet in Remembrance of Carrie FisherBreitbart News Steve Martin Deleted His Carrie Fisher Memorial Tweet After Online Backlash -- See What He Wrote For Yourself!PerezHilton.com Salon -Yahoo News -TIME -MassLive.com all 72 news articles »
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
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Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk": Dishonorable Discharge
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Ang Lee is unquestionably a great film director. He has mastered the range of the medium from the delicious family drama "Eat Drink Man Woman" to the ground breaking same sex love story western "Brokeback Mountain" to the deft British high tea comedy of manners "Sense and Sensibility." He even bulked up his resume with superhero "The Hulk." Perhaps the stunningly beautiful, heart wrenching kung fu period piece "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was his highest achievement with broadest appeal. But with "Billy Lynn" Ang Lee has given us a mixed march, a pyrrhic victory at best. The story starts promisingly enough. Lynn and his Bravo Company are to be honored for their battlefield bravery, appearing at a Dallas Cowboys halftime ceremony. Billy (Joe Alwyn) is the centerpiece for winning the Silver Star fighting off insurgents that had attacked his company sergeant Virgil "Shroom" Bree. Less impressed with Billy's heroics is his sister Kathryn (Kristen Stewart). Kathryn sounds the ...
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Kristen Wiig Sings A Very Questionable History Of Thanksgiving On 'SNL'
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Kristen Wiig joined “Saturday Night Live” cast members in singing the history of Thanksgiving. But some of her claims — like Christopher Columbus sailing to the Americas from South Korea — were, let’s just say, somewhat dubious. It was enough to prompt special guests Steve Martin and Will Forte to drop in and call out Wiig on her inaccuracy. “Guys, I know I adjusted some of the facts so they would rhyme, like any true historian,” Wiig said in her defense, before her guests also got swept up in the holiday spirit. After all, who needs real facts in this post-truth world? Check it out in the clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58314853e4b030997bbfdc1b,57879a3be4b08608d3331c93,57dae016e4b08cb140944d1d -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Leon Russell, Musician And Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, Dead At 74
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Donald Trump's Empty Blustering Reveals a Narcissist Who Can't Fathom Defeat
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[This column was originally published by Truthdig.com] The highlight of the third and, thankfully, final presidential debate last Wednesday came roughly at the midway point, when Donald Trump refused to say that he would accept the results of November's election. Since then, Trump has doubled down on his position, declaring he would accept the outcome only if he wins and invoking the example of the contested presidential vote in 2000 to reinforce his right not to concede. His rationale--articulated with increasing vigor as his poll numbers have plummeted--is that the vote is "rigged" as a result of electoral irregularities. Like most of the loathsome rhetoric he's spewed since announcing his candidacy back in June 2015, Trump's pre-emptive refusal to recognize the election's outcome is an incendiary mix of personal pathology and magical thinking, racism and xenophobia, facts and legal distortion. In a column published in July, I discussed the Republican standard-bearer's per ...
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Watch A 'Too Stoned' Miley Cyrus Serenade Bill Murray At The Kennedy Center
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Martin
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  • 2016
    Age 70
    Later in 2016 he returned to stand up comedy, staging a national tour with Martin Short and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In 2016, Martin made a rare return to stand-up comedy, opening for Jerry Seinfeld.
    More Details Hide Details He performed a 10-minute routine before turning the stage over to Seinfeld.
  • 2015
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Investigators at Berlin's state criminal police office (LKA) think that Martin was one victim of a German master art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi. In July 2004, Martin purchased what he believed to be a 1915 work by the German-Dutch painter Heinrich Campendonk, Landschaft mit Pferden (Landscape With Horses) from a Paris gallery for what should have been a bargain price of around €700,000 (around $850,000 at the time). Before the purchase an expert authenticated the work and identified the painter's signature on a label attached to the back. Fifteen months later Martin put the painting up for sale, and auction house Christie's disposed of it in February 2006, to a Swiss businesswoman for €500,000 – a loss of €200,000. Police believe the fake Campendonk originated from an invented art collection devised by a group of German swindlers caught in 2010. Skillfully forged paintings from this group were sold to French galleries like the one where Martin bought the forgery.
    In 2015, Brickell and Martin released So Familiar as the second installment of their partnership. Inspired by Love has Come for You, Martin and 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.
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    After a three-year hiatus, Martin returned in 2015 when he voiced a role in the animated film Home.
    More Details Hide Details 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, Illinois, 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.
  • 2013
    Age 67
    Starting in May 2013, he is touring with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell throughout the United States.
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  • 2012
    Age 66
    At age 67, Martin became a father for the first time when Stringfield gave birth to a daughter in December 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Martin has been an avid art collector since 1968, when he bought a print by the Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha. In the first public display of his collection, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art presented a five-month exhibit of 28 works by Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, and Edward Hopper, among others, in 2001. In 2006, he sold Hopper's Hotel Window (1955) at Sotheby's for $26.8 million.
  • 2011
    Age 65
    In 2011, Martin also narrated and appeared in the PBS documentary "Give me the Banjo" chronicling the history of the banjo in America.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 63
    Martin made his first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry on May 30, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In the American Idol season eight finals, he performed alongside Michael Sarver and Megan Joy in the song "Pretty Flowers". 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 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.
    More Details Hide Details Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member John McEuen produced the album.
    In 2009, an article in The Guardian listed Martin as one of the best actors never to receive an Oscar nomination.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, he appeared with Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and JoBeth Williams in the birdwatching comedy The Big Year.
    He released his first solo music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, in 2009, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.
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  • 2008
    Age 62
    In 2008, Martin appeared with the band, In the Minds of the Living, during a show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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  • 2007
    Age 61
    On July 28, 2007, after three years together, Martin married Anne Stringfield, a writer and former staffer for The New Yorker magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey presided over the ceremony at Martin's Los Angeles home. Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live, was best man. Several of the guests, including close friends Tom Hanks, Eugene Levy, comedian Carl Reiner, and magician/actor Ricky Jay were not informed that a wedding ceremony would take place. Instead, they were told they were invited to a party, and were surprised by the nuptials.
    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 6, and praising it as "a funny, moving, surprisingly frank memoir."
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, he published the novel An Object of Beauty. 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 plays in the lobby of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Martin first picked up the banjo when he was around 17 years of age. Martin has claimed 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.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    In 2006, he starred in the box office hit The Pink Panther, as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Baby Mama (2008), Martin played the founder of a health food company, and in It's Complicated (2009), he played opposite Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    In 2005, Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl, based on his own novella (2000), and starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
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  • 2003
    Age 57
    By 2003, Martin ranked fourth on the box office stars list, after starring in Bringing Down The House and Cheaper By The Dozen, each of which earned over $130 million at U.S. theaters.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he also played the villainous Mr. Chairman in the animation/live action blend, Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
  • 2002
    Age 56
    The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the Grammy Awards of 2002.
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  • 1999
    Age 53
    In 1999, Martin and Hawn starred in a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy, The Out-of-Towners.
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  • 1998
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 51
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He went on to star with Eddie Murphy in the 1999 comedy Bowfinger, which Martin also wrote.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 48
    In 1994, he starred in, A Simple Twist of Fate; a film adaptation of Silas Marner.
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  • 1991
    Age 45
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1989
    Age 43
    Martin starred in the Ron Howard film Parenthood, with Moranis in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He later re-teamed with Moranis in the Mafia comedy My Blue Heaven (1990).
    Radner died of ovarian cancer on Saturday, May 20, 1989; a visibly shaken Martin hosted SNL that night, and featured footage of himself and Radner together in a 1978 sketch.
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  • 1988
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He played Vladimir, with Robin Williams as Estragon and Bill Irwin as Lucky.
    In 1988, he performed in the Frank Oz film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a remake of Bedtime Story, alongside Michael Caine.
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  • 1987
    Age 41
    In 1987, Martin joined comedian John Candy in the John Hughes movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1986
    Age 40
    He married actress Victoria Tennant on November 20, 1986; they divorced in 1994.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was the first of three films teaming Martin with Rick Moranis.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was originally entitled The Three Caballeros and Martin was to be teamed with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 32
    It emboldened Martin to try his hand at his first serious film, Pennies from Heaven, based on the 1978 BBC serial by Dennis Potter.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    Martin performed "King Tut" on the April 22, 1978 edition of SNL.
    More Details Hide Details Decades later, in 2012, the A.V. Club described Martin's unique style and its impact on audiences: 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 their name.
  • 1977
    Age 31
    Both albums won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording in 1977 and 1978, respectively.
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  • 1976
    Age 30
    He continued to write, earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details 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 audience jumped by a million viewers when he made guest appearances, and he was one of the most successful SNL hosts. Martin appeared on 27 Saturday Night Live shows and he guest-hosted 15 times, bested only in number of presentations by host Alec Baldwin (who has hosted 16 times). On the show, Martin popularized the air quotes gesture, which uses four fingers to make double quote marks in the air. While on the show Martin became close with several of the cast members, including Gilda Radner.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 24
    He says: "I appeared on The Virginia Graham Show, circa 1970.
    More Details Hide Details 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 comedian Gary Mule Deer and singer/guitarist Michael Johnson. Martin opened for groups such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Carpenters, and Toto. He appeared at San Francisco's The Boarding House, among other venues.
  • 1969
    Age 23
    Martin's first TV appearance was on The Steve Allen Show in 1969.
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    Along with the other writers for the show, Martin won an Emmy Award in 1969, aged 23.
    More Details Hide Details He also wrote for John Denver (a neighbor of his in Aspen, Colorado, at one point), The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.
  • 1967
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Williams initially paid Martin out of his own pocket.
    In 1967, Martin transferred to UCLA and switched his major to theater.
    More Details Hide Details While attending college, he appeared in an episode of The Dating Game. Martin began working local clubs at night, to mixed notices, and at twenty-one he dropped out of college.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 14
    By 1960, he had mastered several of the tricks and illusions, and took a paying job at the Magic shop in Fantasyland in August.
    More Details Hide Details 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". After high school graduation, 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. Stormie enrolled at UCLA, about an hour's drive north, and the distance eventually caused them to lead separate lives.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Martin was raised in Inglewood, California, 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 of cars, bikes, etc., 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 ones of hatred. Martin's first job was at Disneyland, selling guidebooks on weekends and full-time during the school's summer break. That lasted for three years (1955–58). During his free time he frequented the Main Street Magic shop, where tricks were demonstrated to potential customers.
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