Friday, February 19, 2016
STEVE MARTIN PERFORMS STAND UP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 35 YEARS!
This past Thursday Steve Martin performed a surprise set of stand up comedy for the first time in 35 years. He did a brief 10 minute set as the opening act for Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theater in New York. This is a monumental turn of events for Martin, who rarely discusses his days as a comedian. When he stopped performing in 1981 he made a clean break. With the exception of his amazing autobiography Born Standing Up, he doesn't talk about those days at all.
Recently, however, he was on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and Martin spoke at length about his career with Seinfeld. It was fascinating to hear, as it always is when you hear a legend talking about what made legendary. Many are crediting this show as the turning point for Martin and his decision to return to the comedy stage. Indeed, the truth could be revealed in a joke he told that night at the Beacon: "Actually, I'm here because of that age old showbiz saying: Never lose a bet to Jerry Seinfeld."
Here's the Steve Martin episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. I love watching comedy legends talk about the craft.