Steve Martin’s bluegrass award faces uncertain future
NEW YORK (AP) — One morning last week in Boston, Victor Furtado woke up to a mailman's knock. He was handed a little unmarked package.
"I opened it up here in my apartment and kind of looked...
Review: Book ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’ stars ’80s film funnymen
"Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever" (Crown Archetype), by Nick de Semlyen
Our favorite funnymen of the 1980s reached glorious heights and...
Steve Martin collaborating on ‘ultimate cartoon book’
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Martin could not be happier about his latest book and about the chance to work with New Yorker artist Harry Bliss.
Celadon Books announced Monday that Martin and Bliss...
Q&A: Steve Martin, Martin Short on friendship and a new tour
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Martin and Martin Short are back on the road again for their new tour "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't ."
The two comedy legends spoke to The Associated Press recently about the tour, which kicks off its 2019 leg on Jan. 12 in Atlanta, their friendship and when they knew that roasting each other was OK.
Review: Edie Brickell’s return with original band a triumph
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, "Rocket" (Verve Forecast)
Edie Brickell's first new record since 2006 with her original band New Bohemians is a triumphant return for an artist who never really left.
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NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Oscar-nominated writer and director Noah Baumbach is being honored at the Nantucket Film Festival in June.
Organizers said Tuesday that actor Ben Stiller will present "The Squid and the Whale" creator with the festival's annual Screenwriters Tribute Award.
When Picasso met Einstein, as imagined by Steve Martin
Theres an odd theatrical subgenre in which historical figures have unexpected meetings. The allure is clear for the playwright. Youre looking for interesting people to populate the work, and if you can imagine Sigmund Freud chatting with Salvador Dali (Hysteria) or C.S. Lewis (Freuds Last Session), the battle is half won.
Steve Martin and Martin Short come to the Bushnell in Hartford
Who doesn’t know that legendary ‘wild and crazy guy’ Steve Martin, an award-winning comic whose impressive resume also includes playwright, musician, actor and author? And what about comedic genius Ed Grimley, best known as Martin Short, equally revered not only for his work as a comic but as a Tony Award-winning Broadway actor, movie star and author. Together the two “Saturday Night Live” alumni, who first met as leads in the 1986 film classic “Three Amigos,” are serving up double doses of comedy with a side of bluegrass music by The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Bushnell in Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 17. “An Evening You Will Forget the Rest of Your Life” will include stand-up, film clips, music and just conversations about their lives in show business. The two recently traded quips, memories and promises in a phone conversation.
Folk musicians, comedians fill Tanglewood summer schedule
LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Iconic folk musicians and comedians have been added to the Tanglewood Popular Artists series for next summer.
The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that Stephen Stills and Judy Collins are scheduled to perform their recent album "Everybody Knows" on June 17. The pair has had a friendship for 50 years.
Schumer teams up with her hero, Steve Martin
Release date: Nov. 25, 1987
Steve Martin, Martin Short plan Sioux City appearance in 2018
Steve Martin will return to the Orpheum Theatre May 19 and bring comedian Martin Short with him.
Tickets for the show will go on sale Nov. 17 at the Tyson Events Center Box Office, online at OrpheumLive.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.
ASHLAND — The history of "Little Shop of Horrors" is an interesting one. It went from being a B-movie in 1960 to an off-Broadway rock musical-horror play in the 1980s. Then, it found itself back on the big screen again in 1986 in the Frank Oz-directed version starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin and more.
Steve Martin and Martin Short are coming to Charleston
Five-time Grammy Award winning bluegrass musician, Academy Award winning actor and acclaimed comedian Steve Martin is coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
Steve Martin will be joined by film actor, Broadway star and Emmy Award winner Martin Short at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 for "An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life."
No joke: TV host Letterman honored with Mark Twain Prize
WASHINGTON (AP) — David Letterman was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Sunday night for his record run on late-night TV, innovative comedy routines and for helping the nation start to heal by reassuring that it was OK to laugh again after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Fellow entertainers gathered to honor Letterman where he was receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
A large-scale bluegrass festival hits downtown Raleigh this weekend along with countless festivals, food events, performances and concerts. Here are top picks:
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Review: Steve Martin puts humor and love in bluegrass form
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, "The Long-Awaited Album" (Rounder Records)
There's a lot of excellent music on Steve Martin's new bluegrass album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, which is good news considering five of the collection's 14 tracks are instrumentals.
Sometimes, though, to quote Gloria Estefan, words get in the way.
Shelley Berman, comedian-bard of everyday life, has died
NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top television shows in the 1950s and 1960s delivering wry monologues about the annoyances of everyday life, has died. He was 92.
Berman died Friday at his home in Bell Canyon, California, from complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to spokesman Glenn Schwartz.
Keegan-Michael Key narrating audio edition of Twain story
NEW YORK (AP) — Keegan-Michael Key's latest job is channeling the words of a comic master.
Random House Children's Books tells The Associated Press on Monday the Emmy Award-winning performer is narrating the audio edition of Mark Twain's "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine." The Twain story is a fairy tale he left unfinished at the time of his death. It has been completed by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead. Both the print and audio editions are scheduled for Sept. 26.
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Amy Schumer is set to make her Broadway debut in 'Meteor Shower'.
The 36-year-old actress took to Twitter on Monday (07.08.17) to announce her involvement in the upcoming play written by Steve Martin, which will also star Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti andAlan Tudyk.
The 'Trainwreck' star wrote: ".@stevemartintogo wrote a hilarious play @MeteorShowerBwy & I get to do it w/ @KeeganMKey @LauraBenanti @AlanTudyk http://www.meteoronbroadway.com/ (sic)"
Amy Schumer to star in a Steve Martin play on Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — Amy Schumer and Steve Martin are teaming up for laughs — on Broadway.
The actress and comedian will star in Martin's four-person comedy "Meteor Shower" at the Booth Theatre starting in November. It's about two couples who get together to observe the celestial event that inspires the title.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diane Keaton is such a special entertainer that even normally reclusive Woody Allen is appearing in a televised tribute to her.
Allen is among those honoring the actress in the American Film Institute's presentation of its 45th Life Achievement Award. The AFI's "Tribute to Diane Keaton" will premiere Thursday night on TNT.
Steve Martin has paid tribute to "comic genius" Glenne Headly.
The 62-year-old actress passed away this week and her 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' co-star Steve took to Twitter to remember his friend.
He wrote: "Our household mourns the sudden loss of beloved friend, actress, and comic genius, Glenne Headly."
Glenne was working on the Hulu series 'Future Man' before her death and her co-star Josh Hutcherson posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram.
NEW YORK (AP) — Glenne Headly, an early member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company who went on to star in films and on TV, died Thursday night, according to her agent. She was 62. No cause of death or location was immediately available.
Steve Martin loves being an older father.
The 71-year-old actor welcomed a daughter into the world four years ago with his 45-year-old wife Anne Stringfield, and he has admitted he thinks he would have been too focused on his career to embrace parenthood earlier in his life.
Speaking to AARP The Magazine's June/July issue, he said: "If I'd had a child earlier, I would have been a lousy father, because I would have misplaced my attention on my career."
‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris dies at 87
NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. He was 87.
Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.
Smart Rating: 88.17Genre: Musical ComedyStarring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve MartinMeek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin's accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner are set to make history at the TCL Chinese Theatre, becoming the first father and son to jointly leave their footprints in concrete outside the Hollywood landmark.
Organizers of the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival announced Thursday that it'll recognize the two entertainers with a hand-and-footprint ceremony on April 7. Both Reiners have had long careers as writers, directors and actors.
Jokes not politics when Steve Martin, Martin Short team up
NEW YORK (AP) — Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short are gearing up for a national tour, offering a show with plenty of jokes and music — but precious little politics.
The duo say they'll be stepping gingerly around the topic of Donald Trump and the election during their "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life" tour, which launches Friday in Sarasota, Florida.
Absurd feminists overreact to Steve Martin’s Twitter tribute
Carrie Fisher was a super hot broad who, shockingly, turned out to have a couple of brain cells, too.
Hachette announces departures of 2 executives
NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime Hachette Book Group executive who has worked with Jon Stewart, Amy Sedaris and many other top-selling authors is stepping down in January.
Hachette announced Monday that Jamie Raab, president and publisher of the Grand Central Publishing division, is leaving after 30 years with the company. Raab said in a statement that she had had a "terrific career," but that it was time to step down.
Mandolin whiz Thile brings younger crowd to ‘Prairie Home’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Halfway through his first season hosting "A Prairie Home Companion," mandolin maestro Chris Thile still feels "like a kid in a candy store" taking over the long-running popular public radio show created by Garrison Keillor — but knows he has to do one big thing.
LOVING: The latest from director Jeff Nichols ("Midnight Special," "Take Shelter") centers on an interracial couple (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) who spent nine years in court fighting for the right to live together in their hometown. (PG-13)
Smart Rating: 77.19U.S. box office (inflation-adjusted): $124,504,000Release year: 2009A restaurateur (Meryl Streep) falls into an affair with her remarried ex-husband (Alec Baldwin), while an architect (Steve Martin) that she hired to refurbish her kitchen falls in love with her.
Four strings, two chords, region’s ukulele group breaks it down
By Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITER
When Anne Stevenson Smith started playing ukulele six years ago, the first song she learned was "Tonight You Belong to Me" because "it's the song Steve Martin sang to Bernadette Peters in 'The Jerk' and it was already in my head," she said.
Her second song was the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" because "it's only two and a half chords over and over again, and it was already in my head," she said.
Diane Keaton to receive AFI’s Life Achievement Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diane Keaton, who serenaded Steve Martin last year when he received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, will get the honor herself next year.
The institute said Thursday that the Oscar-winning actress will be given AFI's highest honor at a June 8 gala that will be broadcast on TNT.
Vandal damages Justin Bieber sand sculpture at NY state fair
GEDDES, N.Y. (AP) — Police are looking for the vandal who defaced a sand sculpture of Justin Bieber at the New York State Fair.
State police tell the Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/2bJcVFh ) that the sculpture apparently was vandalized Thursday night.
Bieber's likeness was part of a 200-ton sand sculpture depicting artists who performed at the fair's old grandstand, which was imploded in January.
Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, more pay tribute to Gene Wilder
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tributes from peers and admirers poured in Monday for Gene Wilder, who died Sunday at the age of 83 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
"Gene Wilder, one of the truly great talents of our time, is gone. He blessed every film we did together with his special magic and he blessed my life with his friendship. He will be so missed." --- Director Mel Brooks in a statement
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For 150 years, spirit-seekers have been drawn to Ojai, the artsy colony near Santa Barbara said to be the magnetic center of the earth. So it’s the perfect setting for Steve Martin’s new play “Meteor Shower,” a wacky exploration of love, life, death, inner selves, order, chaos and astronomical wonders.
A striking aerial view of Plainview’s Rustwater Bengals water tower at Seventh and Beech was captured Tuesday afternoon by a drone operated by Ron Lewis of Plainview. The tower was painted by Paramount Pictures showing the school mascot from the fictional Rustwater, Kansas, as a backdrop for the the 1992 motion picture “Leap of Faith,” starring Steve Martin and Debra Winger. Out of service since 2014, the Rustwater tower is one of five tanks slated for demolition later this...
Steve Martin may not be appearing in his world-premiere play “Meteor Shower” at the Old Globe (unless it’s in an uncredited role as one of the meteors), but he soon will be taking the Globe stage nonetheless.
The Balboa Park theater has announced that the playwright-musician-actor-comic and all-around hyphen-hoarder will join the Globe’s artistic director for a forum titled “Barry Edelstein in Conversation With Steve Martin.”
‘Maya & Marty’ ends brief run with laughs plus hope for more
NEW YORK (AP) — There's no denying: The age of TV variety that found viewers flocking week after week to the likes of "Ed Sullivan" and "Carol Burnett" is long over.
But insistent reports of variety's death have been exaggerated. The latest evidence: "Maya & Marty" .
Starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, this NBC music-and-comedy series completes its limited run Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT. Along...