Martin and Martin: See ’em while you can
The current tour of Steve Martin and Martin Short, which arrives tonight at Mayo Civic Center, is called “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.”
It’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to the age of the two performers, who, while their comedy seems eternally young, are now gentleman of a certain age. Martin (Steve) is 73, and Martin (Short) is 69.
They’ve been good friends since 1985 when they teamed up with fellow comic Chevy Chase in a film, “Three Amigos.”
Both were well-known in comedy circles years in advance of that, though.
Steve Martin, of course, was the “wild and crazy guy” of the 1970s, who sold out major arenas for his comedy tours and hosted “Saturday Night Live” 15 times starting in 1976. Remember when he would come on stage with an arrow through his head?
More on Martin:
— His first movie was “The Jerk” in 1976, launching a string of comedy hits, including the touching holiday feature with John Candy, “Trains, Planes and Automobiles.”
— Martin is also a world-class banjo player. He won a Grammy Award for his album “The Crow” in 2009.
— He also branched out into writing, publishing a well-received memoir, “Born Standing Up,” in 2007, and to Broadway, where his play “Meteor Shower” starred Amy Schumer in a Tony-nominated role.
As for Martin Short, he was born in Hamilton, Ontario, which, yes, makes him Canadian. He attended McMaster University, and after graduation was in the cast of “Godspell” with a who’s-who of Canadian talent: Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin and Paul Shaffer.
Levy and Thomas encouraged Short, who had intended to become a social worker, to give comedy a try. He ended up joining the same Second City comedy troupe in Toronto as Levy, Thomas, Martin, and Radner.
More on Short:
— When the “SCTV” television program launched, Short was part of the cast. It was there that he developed his Ed Grimley character. A year later, he joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for the 1984-85 season.
— Another of Short’s popular characters is Jiminy Glick, an over-the-top talk show host who conducts clueless interviews of guest stars.
— In 1999, Short won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s “Little Me.”
— Like Martin, Short has written a memoir, “I Must Say,” which deals in part with the death of his wife of 30 years, Nancy Dolman, in 2010.