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Monday, October 24, 2005

On a Lighter Note--Steve Martin

All Miers makes for a dull Guy----so, here's a lighter piece from today's Washington Post about comedian Steve Martin. I can still my earliest memories of Steve as a stand up comic working as a warm up act for popular singers. I remember seeing him as the warm up act for Neil Diamond while I was at BYU years and years ago. His "cat juggling" routine was hilarious. Read the whole article--but here's a taste:

And so the evening inevitably skimmed the highlights. It was, in fact, like a Steve Martin career highlight reel, with the occasional roast as intermission.

Martin Short, who has made four films with Martin, recounted that "Steve got his first job in comedy as a writer on the 'Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' because he was dating one of the dancers. Oh, by the way, Steve, Tommy Tune says hi."

Short correctly noted that Martin took comedy from clubs to the arena ("and back to the comedy clubs"), becoming "the first comedy rock star." Roll clip of Martin's 1978 stand-up performance at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, with all the iconic bits: arrow through the head, the banjo, "Happy Feet" and, of course, "Well, excuuuuse me ."

It's refreshing to see good talent rewarded. Congrats to Steve!

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