Steve Martin

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Banned Steve Martin play makes Eastern Oregon run this weekend - Seattle Times
The show goes on this weekend in La Grande as the student cast puts on "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a play by Steve Martin that was banned from the high school. By The Associated Press LA GRANDE, Ore. — The show goes on this weekend in La Grande as...
Steve Martin Performing With The Steep Canyon Rangers - Decider New York
Steve Martin is a funny banjo player and also, it's worth noting, a very good banjo player. Or at least he'sa lot better than just a guy who strums a few strings for novelty's sake and leaves it at that. Martin's banjo-playing goes back to the...
The Jerk: Not Steve Martin - ScienceBlogs
So it's a bit late on a Saturday here and I will not try to snow you into thinking that I actually had a Friday Fermentable post that I just accidentally forgot to post yesterday. However, I wanted to leave you with a link to a column by the husband...
Steve Martin's banjo-picking library benefit - Los Angeles Times
"I'm very sorry for the late start," Steve Martin said as he took a seat on stage Monday night. "If I were you, I'd hate me by now." Judging by the burst of laughter, I'd say all was forgiven. It was the first time the LA Public Library held a...
Southwest Region Tucson results 2009-05-16 -
34-Joshua Williams, 8. 20az-Steve Martin, 9. 7d-William Riley, 10. 44k-Koty mcgullam. Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 22b-Ben Gregg, 2. 3s-John Carney II, 3. 45-Ron Kratz, 4. 42-Mike Rux, Jr., 5. 6-Ronnie Clark, 6. 57-Steve Stone, 7. 8az-Jordan Stetson, 8....
Steve Martin's "Picasso" at Balagan Theatre - Seattle Times
Theater review: Steve Martin's witty, absurd "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" is on stage at Seattle's Balagan Theatre, playing May 7-30, 2009. By Tom Keogh Trick Danneker and Ray Tagavilla in Balagan Theatre's production of "Picasso at the Lapin Agile....
Local star to race superbikes at Kyalami - The Times
They are Haga of Japan, Steve Martin and Broc Parkes of Australia, and Ruben Xaus of Spain. Several superbike riders were at Kyalami in December, however, for testing by the factory teams. Of the four, only Parkes did not make the trip, where Italian...
Quiz of the Week: King Tut and His Tomb - About - News & Issues
Built during the New Kingdom for the short-term ruler (ca 1342-1325 BC), King Tut's tomb inspired all kinds of people, from the art deco movement to stand-up comic Steve Martin. Part of the press display for 'Tutankhamun & The Golden Age of the...
Steve Martin. Banjo. Live in Concert. That's All. - NBC Los Angeles
The whole evening helps LA Public Library, which is nice, because we heard Steve Martin likes words. Dave Barry does, too. We heard. There's almost nothing more we want to type about it, nothing we can type about it, because people on planets that will...
Today's Lineups - Washington Post
He's not a superstar or really even a prospect, but he could certainly be this year's Steve Shell. in the position we are now in, why waste time with Cabrera? Maybe the question is why leave prospects in the minors? Either leave DC each game until his...

Steve Martin

Martin at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival

Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician, and composer. Martin was raised in Southern California, where his early influences were working at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm and working magic and comedy acts at these and other smaller venues in the area. His ascent to fame picked up when he became 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. In the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he became a successful actor and playwright, juggler, and eventually earned Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards.

Steve Martin was born in Waco, Texas, the son of Mary Lee Martin and Glenn Vernon Martin, a real estate salesman and an aspiring actor.

Martin was raised in Garden Grove, California, and is of Irish, Scottish and English descent. One of Martin's 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 England, Glenn had appeared in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey. Years later, he would write to Massey for help in Steve's fledgling career, but would receive no reply. Expressing his affection through gifts of cars, bikes etc., Glenn was not emotionally open to his son. He was proud of the boy but extremely critical, Steve later recalling that in his teens his feelings for his dad were mostly ones of hatred.

His first job was at Disneyland, selling guidebooks on weekends and fulltime during the summer school break. That lasted for three years (1955–1958). During his free time he haunted the Disneyland magic shop, Merlin's Magic Shop, where tricks were demonstrated to the potential customers. By 1960 he had mastered several of the tricks and illusions, and took a job there in August 1960. There he perfected his talents for magic, juggling, playing the banjo and creating balloon animals.

After high school graduation, Martin attended Santa Ana Junior 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, a theater concession inside Knott's Berry Farm. Later, he met budding actress Stormie Sherk, and they developed comedy routines while becoming romantically involved. Stormie's influence caused Steve to apply to Long Beach State College 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.

In 1967, Martin transferred to UCLA and switched his major to theater. While attending college, he appeared in an episode of The Dating Game. Martin soon began working local clubs at night, to mixed notices. At age twenty-one, he dropped out of college for good. 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. Williams initially paid Martin out of his own pocket. Along with the other writers for the show, Martin won an Emmy Award in 1969. 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. He also appeared on these shows and several others, in various comedy skits. During these years his roommates included comedian Gary Mule Deer and singer/guitarist Michael Johnson.

Martin also performed his own material, sometimes as an opening act for groups such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Carpenters. He appeared at San Francisco's The Boarding House, among other venues. He continued to write, earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976.

During his frequent SNL guest appearances, Martin popularized the "quote" gesture, which uses four fingers to make double quote marks in the air.

Martin related that in one comedy routine (used on the Comedy Is Not Pretty! LP) he denies that he is named "Steve Martin"; his real name is "Gern Blanston". He said that the riff took on a life of its own, and there is even a Gern Blanston website, and for a time a rock band used the words as its name.

While on Saturday Night Live, Martin became very close with several of the cast members. One was Gilda Radner. On the day Radner died from ovarian cancer in 1989, Martin was to host SNL. Instead of delivering the intended monologue, Martin showed a video clip of him and Radner appearing in a 1978 sketch. He introduced the clip to the audience and became overcome with grief and started to cry.

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. Martin's first film was a short, The Absent-Minded Waiter (1977). The seven-minute long film, also featuring Buck Henry and Teri Garr, was written by and starred Martin. The film was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Short Film, Live Action. His first feature film appearance was in the musical Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, where he sang The Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". In 1979, Martin co-wrote and starred in his first full-length movie, The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner. The movie was a huge success, grossing over $73 million on a budget of far less than that amount.

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, possibly his most critically acclaimed comic performance to date. 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. It was originally entitled The Three Caballeros and Martin was to be teamed with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. 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), as a sadistic dentist, Orin Scrivello. The film also marked the first of three films teaming Martin with actor Rick Moranis. In 1987, Martin joined comedian John Candy in the John Hughes movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles. That same year, the Cyrano de Bergerac adaptation Roxanne, a film Martin co-wrote, won him a Writers Guild of America, East award and more importantly, the recognition from Hollywood and the public that he was more than a comedian. In 1988, he performed in the Frank Oz comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels alongside Michael Caine.

Martin starred in the Ron Howard film Parenthood, with Moranis in 1989. He later met with Moranis to make the Mafia comedy My Blue Heaven in 1990. 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) and was a member of the ensemble existentialist tragedy Grand Canyon that were both about life in Los Angeles. In a serious role, Martin played a tightly wound Hollywood film producer trying to recover from a traumatic robbery that left him injured. In contrast to the serious tone of Grand Canyon, Martin also appeared in a remake of the comedy Father of the Bride in 1991 (followed by a sequel in 1995). He also starred in the 1992 comedy film HouseSitter, with Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany. Martin also starred with Eddie Murphy in the 1999 comedy Bowfinger.

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). In 1999, Martin and Hawn starred in a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy, The Out-of-Towners. By 2003, Martin ranked 4th on the box office stars list, after co-starring in Bringing Down The House and starring in Cheaper By The Dozen, each of which earned over $130 million at U.S. theaters. Both were family comedies.

In 2005, Martin wrote and starred in Shopgirl, based on his own novella. Martin played a wealthy businessman who strikes up a romance with a Saks Fifth Avenue counter girl (Claire Danes). He also starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 that year. Martin also starred in the 2006 installment of The Pink Panther, attempting to stand in Peter Sellers' shoes as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. The sequel was released in early 2009. His other most recent work to date is the 2008 comedy Baby Mama, where he plays a holistic and self-absorbed founder of a health foods company.

In 2008, he produced the dramatic thriller Traitor, starring Don Cheadle. Martin is credited as an executive producer and writing the story. In 2009, he starred in The Pink Panther 2 as Inspector Clouseau again.

Throughout the 1990s, after Tina Brown took over The New Yorker, Martin wrote various pieces for the magazine. They later appeared in the collection Pure Drivel. He appeared in a version of Waiting for Godot as Vladimir (with Robin Williams as Estragon and Bill Irwin as Lucky). In 1993, Martin wrote the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which had a successful run in several American cities. In 1998, Martin guest starred with U2 in the 200th episode of The Simpsons titled Trash of the Titans. Martin provided the voice for sanitation commissioner Ray Patterson. In 2001, Martin hosted the 73rd Annual Academy Awards. Also in 2001, he played banjo on Earl Scruggs' remake of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Martin called fellow comedian and banjo player Billy Connolly to tell him, prompting the cry of "you lucky bugger!" Connolly's wife thought he was referring to Martin being chosen as the Oscar's host. The recording was the winner of the Best Country Instrumental Performance category at the following year's Grammys. In 2002, Martin adapted the Carl Sternheim play The Underpants, which ran Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company. In 2003, Martin hosted the Academy Awards for the second time.

In 2005, Martin hosted a film along with Donald Duck, Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years, which was intended to show at Disneyland until the end of Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration in September 2006, but it is continuing to run indefinitely. Martin was also honored in 2005 with a Disney Legend award, acknowledging Martin's early career at Disneyland and connections with The Walt Disney Company throughout his career. Martin has guest-hosted Saturday Night Live 15 times, as of his January 2009 hosting (musical guest: Jason Mraz), breaking his previous record of 13 (now held by fellow frequent host Alec Baldwin) and retaining his title as SNL's most frequent host (a record he has also held since 1989).

Martin has also written two novellas, Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company. Shopgirl was later turned into a film (see above). In 2007, he published a memoir, Born Standing Up. Time magazine's Lev Grossman named it one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007, ranking it at #6, and praising it as "a funny, moving, surprisingly frank memoir." In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, Martin was voted one of the top 15 greatest comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

Martin recently released his first all-music album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo on January 27, 2009.

Martin has been involved with artists Allyson Hollingsworth and Cindy Sherman, and the actresses Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Heche, Maureen McCormick and Bernadette Peters. He was married to actress Victoria Tennant from November 20, 1986 until 1994.

On July 28, 2007, Martin married Anne Stringfield (born 1972) at his Los Angeles home. Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey presided over the ceremony. Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live, was his 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.

Along with the other writers for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Steve won an Emmy Award in 1969.

In 1978 Martin won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for Let's Get Small, and in 1979 for A Wild and Crazy Guy. He also shared a 2001 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance with Earl Scruggs (and others) for his banjo performance of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown".

On October 23, 2005, Martin was presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Martin was honored at the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 1, 2007.

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Steve Martin (disambiguation)

Steve Martin is an American actor and comedian.

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The Steve Martin Brothers

The Steve Martin Brothers cover

The Steve Martin Brothers, released on LP in 1981, is Steve Martin's final comedy album. The album was not released on compact disc until Wounded Bird Records leased it from Warner Bros. Records, and released a version in 2006.

Based on the album cover photos, the title of the album refers to the two sides of Martin that are showcased on the album: The Rich Comedian, showcased on Side One, and the Peace-Loving Hippie Banjo player, showcased on Side Two. Although his self-taught banjo playing had been featured on previous albums, it was never showcased until this album.

This was the only album on which he brought in other writers to help him with his material, including Saturday Night Live writer Jack Handey. When this album was released, he announced that he intended to never perform stand-up comedy again.

The record became his lowest peaking album to date on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #135. The album was also his lowest selling album to date as well, and went uncertified.

Despite its poor reception, the album was nominated in 1982 for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

The entirety of Side Two was recorded in August 1971.

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Steve Martin (association footballer)

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Steve Martin (born 7 January 1968 in Portsmouth, England) is an ex footballer who played for Newcastle, Aldershot and Crystal Palace.

His playing career came to an end though due to suffering a severe injury. He has now taken up a different role in football and is now a Youth Development and Recruitment coach at Portsmouth Football Club.

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Steve Martin (Godzilla)

Steve Martin is a fictional American reporter played by actor Raymond Burr. The journalist first appears in the 1956 Godzilla movie Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the American adaptation of the original Japanese Gojira.

Steve Martin, a foreign correspondent for United World News, arrives in Tokyo as a stopover on a flight to Cairo. While there, he plans to see his old college friend, Dr. Daisuke Serizawa. He inevitably falls victim to Godzilla’s rampage. The movie begins with the wounded Martin narrating through flashback the events leading up to Godzilla’s major attack. The remainder of the story consists of him following the rest of the cast until the end with Godzilla’s defeat.

Now older and distant from the events happening in Japan, Steve Martin returns as a consultant for the Pentagon’s military effort against Godzilla. Martin recounts his firsthand experience of the kaiju’s power and helps the American generals make tactical decisions about deploying military forces. By this time, he is a grandfather and semi-retired writer. The book Cairo via Tokyo, seen on his desk, is likely an account of his adventures in 1954. Martin has an ivory dragon which he carries with him.

To broaden Gojira’s international appeal, Burr’s character was inserted into the reedited version Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Thus it was through Steve Martin that American and international audiences outside of Japan were first introduced to Godzilla. Scenes requiring Burr to interact with the original cast were achieved through intricate cutting and the use of doubles for Martin’s conversations.

In 1984, the release of The Return of Godzilla brought the series out of temporary retirement. Renamed Godzilla 1985 in the U.S., this version saw Raymond Burr reprise his role as Steve Martin. The return of Martin is significant in the Godzilla franchise as it marks the first time a character reappears in more than one series (Showa and Heisei). The only other characters to do so are Emiko Yamane, played by Momoko Kouchi in Gojira and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, and Professor Shin'ichi Chujo, played by Hiroshi Koizumi in Mothra and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

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Steve Martin Caro

Steve Martin Caro, born Carmelo Esteban Martin Caro (October 12, 1948), was originally known as Steve Martin. He was the lead singer of the band The Left Banke. He added his family surname Caro in the 1980s to avoid confusion with Steve Martin, the famous comedian-actor of the same name.

Known for his strong high voice and melancholy sound, Steve Martin Caro scored with chart hits "Walk Away Renee", "Pretty Ballerina" and "Desiree" in the 1966-68 period.

Always an influence but never a mainstream star, Martin Caro never quite lived up to his vast potential, but it must be said he has contributed fine lasting work to popular music, and remains respected by many contemporary musicians.

Steve Martin Caro is the son of flamenco guitarist/vocalist Sarita Heredia.

Steve Martin Caro sings lead Vocal on two tracks on Charly Cazalet - Rough Mix NYC that was released in June 2005 on

Looking back, The Left Banke was only a positive experience for a few months. Mostly it was negatives – bad management, bad vibes. The initial talent was there on my part; I gave it all I had, but I came from European ancestry and I wasn’t ready for New York in the sense of everyone lyin’ and cheatin’. The way we did things in Europe wasn’t cut-throat. I don’t want to mention any names, but here were several people in the organization who were not looking out after my best interests.

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