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.
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