Martin Short, Steve Martin bring laughs to Grand Sierra
In a case of life imitating art, comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short became quick friends in 1985 when both starred in the comedy film, “Three Amigos.” Comedian Chevy Chase played the third “amigo” in the film.
Martin and Short also appeared together in the 1990s films, “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride Part II.”
Now, Martin and Short are touring together for a concert extravaganza that will make a stop Aug. 26 at the Grand Sierra Resort. The show features stand-up routines, film clips and conversations about their careers, as well as music featuring the two comedians, the Steep Canyon Rangers – the bluegrass band from North Carolina that frequently performs with Martin – and Jeff Babko, keyboardist for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
The tour’s origin dates back to the 2011 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal when Martin and Short interviewed one another on stage and fielded questions from the audience.
“The conversation … certainly worked, and that’s when we were reminded of our natural chemistry with each other,” Short recently told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Then, we just started adding bits and adding routines and adding ideas and it just evolved into kind of a hip variety show.”
Both comedians have had long and illustrious careers that include numerous appearances on the long-running NBC late-night comedy show, “Saturday Night Live.” Martin, 72, has hosted the show 15 times, a record until it was bested in February by Alec Baldwin, who’s now hosted 17 times.
The Canadian-born Short, 67, joined the cast of “SNL” for the 1984-85 season, bringing his oddball character, Ed Grimley, to mainstream audiences. Short created Grimley, and many other characters such as Jiminy Glick, a few years prior as a cast member of the comedy show, “SCTV.”
In the 1990s, Short had three self-titled shows – a sitcom, a sketch-comedy show and a talk show. He brought his Glick character back to life from 2001 to 2003 to star in Comedy Central’s “Primetime Glick.” The New York Times in 2002 called Glick “the most unpredictable and hilariously uninhibited comic creation to hit TV since Bart Simpson was in diapers.”
Short continued developing his comedic and dramatic acting chops with roles in shows such as “Arrested Development,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Weeds,” “Damages” and “Mulaney.” Short’s most recent venture was co-host with Maya Rudolph on the NBC variety show, “Maya and Marty” in 2016. The show lasted one season.
His extensive movie credits include “Mars Attacks!” “Mumford,” “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” and “Inherent Vice.”
Born in Waco, Texas, Martin’s career began in the 1960s as a writer for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and as a frequent guest on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” He appeared on several other TV shows and watched his fan base grow with the release of his first comedy album in 1977, “Let’s Get Small,” on which he first coined the phrase, “Excuse Me.” A year later, he released “A Wild and Crazy Guy,” which featured several new characters and Martin’s foray into the musical scene with the hit song, “King Tut.”
He’s continued to perform in movies, television, and on-stage both as a comedian and a singer. He’s won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, an American Comedy Award for lifetime achievement and five Grammy Awards. In 2004, Martin was listed No. 6 by Comedy Central on a list of the top 100 Stand-Up Comedians.