The Definitive Steve Martin Lens!
Steve Martin and Me
What makes this the definitive lens? Well, I don't know, there are some good ones that will be featured here. But doesn't that sound like the kind of title Steve Martin would use to mock himself?
Yes, I know, there are already a lot of lenses on Steve Martin, heck, I counted 10 myself. So what is different here? Well, for one, this one comes from the perspective of a fellow stand up comic. Well, kind of.
But enough about me, lets talk about what I think of Steve Martin.
He is one of the funniest comics I have ever seen. If I were going to a desert island for the rest of my life and could only take one comedy DVD, it would be Steve Martin doing King Tut. That one would create enough endorphins to last me for decades!
He does his comedy without making fun of others. No fat jokes, or even political jokes. His creativity is so high that he doesn't need to, but my guess is that he wouldn't anyway.
Much of the information here was gleaned from Martin's autobiography, Born Standing Up, an interesting read for anyone.
Margo Arrowsmith Learns Stand Up Comedy
EVERYONE SHOULD TRY THIS
I have always romantisized stand up comedy. Well, until I actually learned how to do it and stood up in front of an audience and did a number. Did I say I "learned how to do it"? Well, what I should have said was that I took a class and then performed at the adult recital that was part of the tuition.
And yes, everyone should do it.
It took the course because a colleague of mine had done it. I had always thought it would be the coolest life in the world, better than running away to join the circus. Heck, you were your own boss, stand up comedians are really the entrepreneurs of entertainment. They write and produce their own stuff. They don't have to be hired by anybody. If nothing else they can stand on the corner and tell jokes for change. Free, independent...
Then I took the course and realized how much work it is. Paula Poundstone makes it look so easy, just have nice conversations with strangers in front of thousands of people, and make it look funny, no big deal.
The class was taught by a local comedian, a pretty good one, and I soon learned what a struggle it is. I learned about writing and technique and wow, there is a lot to it. I learned about the importance of threes...Brett Butler is a great example of that, but a lot of comics use it.
It began to remind me of my pottery class. I wanted to learn to throw pots. The textbook started out bluntly. 'We love to teach classes, classes make customers. People learn just exactly how hard it is to do and they appreciate the artist more and start to buy'. I paraphrase, but the author was correct. That is when I started to buy.
My comedy class was much the same. I appreciate the art much more. Being able to spot techniques hasn't dampened my appreciate, but increased it. It also makes me feel a little more like and insider. I have stood waiting to go on, wondering if the person before me is so good that it will make me look worse.
I chose to do a narrative rather than a joke session. I told the story of my search for the ultimate purple cowboy boots. I wore them as I told my story (I still have them!) When I finally found them in a store on 9th Street in "The Village" in Manhattan, the store had a pit bull just inside the door with a sign that said "Beware of the Dog". I managed to get a few giggles out of it, believe it or not.
However, my concern wasn't whether people would laugh, well not the major one. My biggest concern was that if no one laughed, I wouldn't be able to continue. Well, I don't remember much, I do know that they weren't rolling in the isles, and I stayed and finished I did not run off the stage. This meant more to me than getting laughs!
Reading Steve Martin's autobiography I learn that this is what most comics go through at the beginning and for him for ten or more years. Just stay on the stage and keep doing it!
So I didn't become a comic. That is best for everyone. However, I did become more of a connoisseur. I learned a few things that you will find on this lens.
Oh, and btw, the picture isn't me, just an idol of mine.
Young Steve Martin and the Disneyland Years
Steve Martin began his career as a boy selling maps of Disneyland in the morning. This gave him some change in his pocket, more importantly free access to the park. He spent hours at the free shows, getting ideas and learning about show business.
There were days spent in the magic shops where he learned to use magic tricks as a foundation for his comedy act. He eventually got a job in a shop. The magic demonstrations were actually his first performances.
Years later, after years of struggle, just as his career was starting to soar, a reviewer described his act as "Disneyland on acid".
"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper"
Steve Martin: Comedy Writer
Steve Martin's first job in mainstream show business was as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Show. He says that his audition writing was so bad that his girlfriend's friend, not only hired him out of pity, but paid his salary out of his own pocket. Steven Martin got some breaks, but doesn't hesitate to talk about it.
Steve Martin on the Dating Game
Lots of famous actors have been on The Dating Game During their lean years, Tom Selleck, Farrah Fawcett to name two.
But who has done it with so much personality? Who has been so silly and still won?
Steve Martin Learns On The Road
While the picture here is later in his future, it is the flexibility he showed traveling around the country that got him on that cover.
After the writing gigs dried up (the Smothers Brothers were canceled for anti-Nixon activity) Steve traveled the country. Occasionally he played prestigious venues such as (what he called) the soul sucking Playboy Clubs. But often he just played where ever he could.
One night he played in a classroom at Penn State. The students didn't realize the show was over and wouldn't go. When he finally gathered his props and left they followed him. He told them to get into a drained swimming pool, that he would breast stroke over them and it worked. This taught him a lot and he began to become more eccentric.
When the hippy era was ending, he was the first to cut his hair, shave and put on a suit. This made his odd act and him stand out even more.
Steve Martin on Saturday Night Live
Steve Martin has been the guest host on SNL 13 times. so often that some people thought he was a cast member. He is perhaps the only guest host who had a recurring character, the "Wild and Crazy" Brothers.
He has been in some of the most memorable skits in the show's history. I looked for the romantic "Strangers Dance" scene with Gilda Radner and was disappointed that I couldn't find it. If you can tell me where it is, I will put you in my will. (You will get a thank you from my estate!)
I had actually never seen the Elephant Man skit before. And the Coneheads? Nothing more to say there.
Steve Martin Early Signature
I Think Steve Martin Is the Greatest!
Do You Think Steve Martin Is The Greatest Comic Ever?
First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me
Steve Martin: He is So Obvious That He is Subtle
Steve Martin Logic
"Boy, those French: They have a different word for everything"
The Man With Two Brains: Arguably One of Steve Martin's Best
This movie is Steve Martin at his best. I never hear it mentioned and it saddens me that too many people probably haven't seen it. Watch all of the videos here, I guarantee, that even out of context, you will get a belly laugh for each and everyone of them.
That is one of the great things about his movies. They can be put into a coherent movie with a plot, yet each scene is a stand alone comedy act that can stand by itself.
Steve Martin's "Pennies From Heaven"
Ok, here is my fantasy. This movie will make Steve Martin and I friends.
I loved this movie! The guy I was with hated it. The critics hated it. I have read that even Steve Martin considered it an artistic failure.
If I get a million people to watch this DVD (and I wouldn't object to your buying it from this site) it will make a comeack or a first back. Steve Martin will be so grateful that he will call and we will become fast friends.
So get busy and watch this movie, get your friends to do it, get me my fantasy, its up to you. Remember how clapping helped Tinkerbell come back to life? Well, you can do this here!
The Elegance of Steve Martin
Words mean nothing here, just watch it.
The Multitalented Steve Martin
He learned this in 8 months. "Pennies from Heaven" Yet another reason to buy the video.
Steve Martin with His Purest King Tut
The SNL version has him in full King Tut regalia. But this video is pure Steve Martin. White suit and Egyptian hat. I think this is even funnier!
Steve Martin Puts a Twist on the Blue Joke
In comedy class we learned that "Blue Comedy" is lazy comedy. If someone is too lazy to write real jokes they could just throw in some four letter words and get laughs. Dirty, degrading jokes will always get a giggle and the comedian didn't even have to think.
Well, watch this video. This is Steve Martin's 'Blue Comedy" It is really funny, it is intelligent, looks easy, but took a lot of thought and work. It is what every cheap shot artist would like to be able to do, or should
You Have to Like a Character to Mock Him
This is my standard for comedy. Its ok to poke fun, as long as you like the character and can make the character sympathetic.
Steve Martin is the King.
Steve Martin Suffer Two Years for Art: Moonwalking Doesn't Come East
"I’m not sure whose idea it was; it might have been Lorne’s. Pat Birch choreographed it. The hard move was that little leg twist that he did. You really have to throw your leg. I did it a thousand times in about three days. And a couple of weeks later I noticed—er, I have a pain here. The pain lasted about two years, then it went away on its own."
This is a tribute to the talents of both Martin and Jackson.
Steve Martin as "The Jerk"
Steve Martin developed the idea for and wrote The Jerk his first movie. It contains bits and pieces from his stand-up act. Steve was lucky to get Carl Reiner as the director;
This rags to riches story has an absurdness that is the pure Steve Martin. I venture to say that this is one of his most well known and popular movies.
He plays a white 'boy' who was raised in a poor black family. He is heart broken when he finds out the truth, that he was not a birth child. "You mean I will always be this color?" This was the first attempt at 'color blindness in America.
I am reminded of a remarkable woman who was a foster mother to 7 very disturber girls. One of the girls was African American. They lived in a very white New Jersey Suburb. One day the girl, who was 15 and had lived in the family since she was ten, came home from a school lesson on racial pride. She looked at her blond haired, blue eyed foster mother and informed her, "We are an african American family. I learned that in school today."
Maybe "The Jerk" wasn't so absurd after all.
Steve Martin in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrals"
This is loosely a remark of "Bedtime Story" with David Niven and Marlon Brando.
In this version Martin plays a fledgling con man to Michael Caine's old line con man. It has been ranked #85 in Bravos top 100 funniest movies.
Martin and Caine begin as rivals in conning wealthy American women who come to the Riviera for vacations and romance. They end up in the same boat as the movie has not only many laughs but an amazing amount of twists and turns for a comedy.
Steve Martin In Time
Steve Martin on People
The Steve Martin Documentary
Steve, his sister and others talk about his life and career, from the Disneyland Years at age 10.
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is
Steve Martin in Pink Panther
Steve Martin Always Something Different
Steve Martin Has Made a Lot of Movies: Which Are Your Favorites?
I know, this is hard. There are so many good ones and great ones, but go ahead tell us what you think!
An ad exec and a shower-curtain-ring salesman become co-travelers on the way to thanksgiving in chicago. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 03/22/2005 Starring: Steve Martin Laila Robbins Run time: 93 minutes Rating: R Director: John Hughes
One's got a sophisticated, suave and debonair con act. The other's got...well, an act. Together, Steve Martin and Michael Caine are Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and they're absolutely ruining the Riviera in this "hilarious battle of wits and double-crosses" (Boxoffice) that "couldn't be more delightful" (The Wall Street Journal)! Martin is Freddy Benson, a smalltime conman sleazing his way through Europe on whatever handouts he can scam. Caine is Lawrence Jamieson, an impeccably dressed and high-min...
Widowed, world-famous neurosurgeon Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin) is trapped in a loveless marriage with Dolores Benedict (Kathleen Turner), who is only interested in Hfuhruhurr's money. On a trip to Vienna to attend a medical conference, Hfuhruhurr falls in love with a bottled brain (voiced by Sissy Spacek), and finds himself in the middle of murders committed by the elevator killer. Year: 1983 Director: Carl Reiner Starring: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, Richar...
Relive all the heart-warming moments of the unforgettable film that explores life's most rewarding occupation in Parenthood. Steve Martin stars as Gil Martin, a funny and loving husband who's also trying too hard to be the "perfect" parent to his uniquely different kids. Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen and Dianne Wiest also star in this family affair you'll want to watch again and again!
Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/23/2006
A comedy about a government witness who gives suburbia a culture shock. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 06/01/2004 Starring: Steve Martin Joan Cusack Run time: 95 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Herbert Ross
Although he was never a cast member on SNL, Steve Martin currently holds the record for number of times hosting the show. From his early days as a stand-up to becoming a household name, Steve Martin has played many memorable and hilarious characters such as "wild and crazy guy", Jorge Festrunk, Theodoric Of York, Tightwad 007, and paid homage to King Tut through song. He also played himself in sketches. Whether peddling a special kind of beauty cream, attempting to renegotiate his contract in th...
Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 08/26/2008
When a star soccer coach is murdered & his pink panther diamond foes missing only one man can solve the case: inspector jacques clouseau. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 09/25/2007 Starring: Steve Martin Beyonce Knowles Run time: 92 minutes Rating: Pg
Bonus features: theatrical trailer film highlights talent bios production notes and web links. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 08/23/2005 Starring: Steve Martin Run time: 89 minutes Rating: Pg
LEAP OF FAITH stars Steve Martin as Jonas Nightengale, a fraudulent faith healer who makes a living visiting small towns and giving hope in the form of prayer. Aided by his no nonsense manager, Jane (Winger), Jonas sets up his tent in a small suburb of Kansas where he soon learns that their hidden mikes, cameras and computers can’t fool the neighborhood sheriff (Neeson). But, when Jonas is touched by a local waitress (Davidovich) and her disabled son Boyd (Haas), he learns something new abo...
Based on Steve Martin's best-selling novella, and starring Golden Globe(R) winner Claire Danes (Best Actress In A TV Series, MY SO-CALLED LIFE, 1994), Golden Globe(R) nominee Steve Martin (Best Actor In A Motion Picture -- Comedy/Musical, FATHER OF THE BRIDE PART II, 1995), and Jason Schwartzman (BEWITCHED), SHOPGIRL is a disarmingly funny love story. Mirabelle, brilliantly played by Danes, is an aspiring artist working behind the glove counter at a Beverly Hills department store when she meets...
During the Great Depression, a married sheet-music salesman falls in love with another woman and uses cheery songs from that era to imagine a better life for himself.
An hour with actor and comedian Steve Martin about his career, his life and his memoir; Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
Steve Martin Tricks Johnny Carson
There are so many of these, I just can't stop myself. I could watch Steve Martin all day
Steve Martin the Author
In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away." Emmy and Grammy Award winner, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Martin has always been awriter. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written. At age ten Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times -- the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies. Throughout the text, Martin has placed photographs, many never seen before. Born Standing Up is a superb testament to the sheer tenacity, focus, and daring of one of the greatest and most iconoclastic comedians of all time.
A New York Times BestsellerDaniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38, or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And a good thing too, or he would have never been falsely implicated in a murder, never almost seduced Philipa, never done the impossible task of jogging around the block with Brian, never ironed his pillows, and he might never have won the Most Average American essay contest.
The acclaimed entertainer and bestselling author Steve Martin and the wildly clever New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast team up in a weird, wonderful excursion through the alphabet. The ABCs have never had it so good. Created by two of today’s wittiest, most imaginative minds, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! is a sheer delight from A to Z. In twenty-six alliterative couplets, Steve Martin conjures up much more than mere apples and zebras. Instead we meet Horace the hare, whose hairdo hides hunchbacks, and Ollie the owl, who owed Owen an oboe. Roz Chast contributes the perfect visual settings for Martin’s zany two-liners. Her instantly recognizable drawings are packed with humorous touches both broad and subtle. Each rereading—and there will be many—delivers new delights and discoveries. There, hidden behind Bad Baby Bubbleducks, is a framed picture of a beatnik holding balloons; and the letter C finds clunky Clarissa all clingy and clueless adrift in a landscape cluttered with images ranging from a curiously comfortable clown to Chuck’s Chili stand. A smart, laugh-inducing introduction to the alphabet for young children, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! will also enchant adults with its matchless mix of the sophisticated and the silly.
heobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife's underpants won't stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town-a public scandal! Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own. In The Underpants, Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce. His hilarious new version was staged by Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, and opened in March '02 on Off-Broadway to critical acclaim.
The private collection of Steve Martin with essays on art and collecting by Steve Martin April 7 - September 3, 2001 to Benefit the Steve Martin Charitable Trust Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas
Steve Martin Cracks up Johnny Carson
Making no sense makes sense