Summer 2022

AUG 20-21 | Steve Martin and Martin Short

Martin Short leaning on Steve Martin

AUG 20 + 21 | 8 PM

Steve Martin and Martin Short are two comedic masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. From the small screen (most recently in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building) to the stage, the famous friends’ comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other.


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 Prize for American Humor, 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).

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, his collection of comic pieces Pure Drivel, his 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 it was directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.

Martin’s 2018 Netflix special with Martin Short titled Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life received four 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 US and Australia for the first time, and they 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.

Martin’s A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection was released this past November on Celadon. The No. 1 The New York Times best-selling book is a collection of cartoons written by Martin and drawn by The New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss.

Biography provided by artist management.


Martin Short, a celebrated comedian and actor, has won fans and accolades in television, film, and theater since his breakout season on Saturday Night Live (SNL) over 30 years ago.

Short won his first Emmy in 1982 while working on Canada’s SCTV Comedy Network, which brought him to the attention of the producers of SNL. He became an SNL fan-favorite for his portrayal of characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm, and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen.

His popularity and exposure on SNL led Short to cross over quickly into feature films. He made his debut in Three Amigos! and followed with Innerspace, Three Fugitives, Clifford, Pure Luck, and Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! One of Short’s most memorable roles was in the remake of Father of the Bride as Franck the wedding planner, a role he reprised a few years later in Father of the Bride Part II. Short lent his voice to the animated film Madagascar 3 and Tim Burton’s Oscar-nominated Frankenweenie.

An accomplished stage actor, Short won a Tony, Theatre World Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role in the revival of Little Me. He was also nominated for a Tony and took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical version of Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl. Short co-wrote and starred in Fame Becomes Me, prompting The New York Times to describe Short as “a natural for live musicals, a limber singer and dancer who exudes a fiery energy that makes you want to reach for your sunglasses.” Short recently appeared on Broadway in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play.

A two-time primetime Emmy winner and multi-nominated for both primetime and daytime Emmys, Short returned to television in 1998 for the miniseries Merlin and host of The Martin Short Show. In 2001, he launched the popular comedy Primetime Glick and in 2010, received critical acclaim for his role in FX’s drama series Damages.

Short has also returned to SNL as host three times and performed in the series’ landmark 40th anniversary special in February 2015. Other recent television credits include Big Mouth, The Morning Show, Hairspray Live!, Maya & Marty, Mulaney, How I Met Your Mother, and the critically acclaimed PBS series Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.

Short’s The New York Times bestselling memoir I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend was published in 2014.

In 1994, Short was awarded the Order of Canada—the Canadian equivalent to British knighthood. He was also inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in June 2000. In 2017, he received a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor-General of Canada.

Short is receiving high critical acclaim for his performance in Hulu’s television comedy series Only Murders in the Building which premiered in 2021. He is also an executive producer on the series which stars Steve Martin and Selena Gomez.

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