Steve Martin is best known as a standup comedian and an actor who has performed in movies such as The Jerk, Father of the Bride and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His style differs from other comedians in that he often incorporates a banjo and considers musician Earl Scruggs to be an inspiration. Steve Martin's career has progressed in phases, starting with comedy, followed by acting and then music. Fortunately, he's dabbling in standup once again with his friend and fellow comedian Martin Short. Steve Martin's achievements include a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy, multiple Grammys for both his comedy and music, the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award and International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainer of the Year.
A Goofball With Serious Accolades
For nearly 60 years, Steven Martin has been in the public eye. His acting and comedy might be what he's best known for, but Martin is an artistic Renaissance man. His first full-length play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, had a limited run in several American cities. Martin continued writing, contributing pieces to The New Yorker, releasing novellas Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company and a memoir titled Born Standing Up. More recently, he released the novel An Object of Beauty. Amid all these projects, Martin also busied himself with music. The performer had long incorporated the banjo into his stand-up act but began to receive serious acclaim starting with his 2001 cover of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." In 2009, He released his first musical album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo, which included an appearance by Dolly Parton. This album won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Martin has continued to play solo and with other musicians, even appearing at the Grand Ole Opry. Inspired by his love for bluegrass, he created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, which includes a cash prize for musicians.
Where can I buy Steve Martin tickets?
You can purchase tickets to see a Steve Martin tour performance at StubHub.
Who are Steve Martin's influences?
Martin credits John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for teaching him how to play the banjo. Martin is also a fan of Earl Scruggs, whose song he covered and commented on the world's loss when Scruggs died in 2012.
What musicians does Steve Martin play With?
In the early years, Steve Martin opened for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He often collaborates with the Steep Canyon Rangers with whom he has released two albums. Martin has also worked with Edie Brickell, a folk singer-songwriter who is married to Paul Simon, on three albums. As a comic, he's performed with Martin Short.
What can I expect from a Steve Martin show?
Your experience will depend, firstly, on whether it's a comedy or a musical event. However, Martin mingles both, and his banjo is an important element of his comedy.
Will Steve Martin perform in 2019?
Steve Martin is currently on a comedy tour with comedian Martin Short. The duo will play several American stops before heading to Australia to wrap up the year. The tour picks back up again in early 2020 with several stops in the US before heading to Europe.
Will Steve Martin appear in a city near me?
Fans who haven't already had a chance to buy Steve Martin tickets can look out for his events in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney before the year is out. 2020 shows include several stops in Florida as well as shows in Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, London and Manchester.Back to Top
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