Steve Martin is one of the most well-known talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award®, five Grammy® awards, an Emmy®, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors.
Martin began his career on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967-1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Martin’s films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999).
Steve Martin is also an accomplished Grammy Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. The song “California” is Martin’s newest collaboration with the Grammy-winning North Carolina-based Steep Canyon Rangers following the release of their albums, “The Long-Awaited Album”; in 2017 and “Rare Bird Alert”; in 2011. Martin, who has released five albums of original American roots music since 2009, also collaborated with Edie Brickell on “So Familiar”; in 2015 and “Love Has Come For You”; in 2013, which won a Grammy® for “Best American Roots Song”; for the title track and inspired their Tony award nominated musical Bright Star.
As an author, Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty, the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, and his memoir Born Standing Up. His play Meteor Shower premiered on Broadway in 2017 in a production starring Emmy Award-winner Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Award- winner Laura Benanti; and Alan Tudyk, and directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.
Steve Martin’s 2018 Netflix special with Martin Short titled “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” received 4 Emmy nominations in 2018. In 2019, Martin and Short launched the “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” tour, which visited major venues across the U.S. and Australia for the first time and launched a new comedy tour in 2020 called “The Funniest Show in Town at the Moment.”
Martin and Short also star together in the true crime comedy series on Hulu, Only Murders in the Building. Selena Gomez co-stars in the series, which was co-created by Martin and John Hoffman (“Grace & Frankie”), who served as executive producers along with Gomez, “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman, Rhode Island Ave’s Jess Rosenthal and Short.
Steve Martin’s A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection was released this past November on Celadon. The #1 New York Times Best Selling book is a collection of cartoons written by Martin and drawn by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss.
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