When Marriage Equality passed in New York in 2011, Steve Martin tweeted to Alec Baldwin: “Alec. Now we can get married!”
The Chic-Fil-A scandal in which the restaurant’s CEO spoke out against same-sex marriage brought this tweet from Martin:
“Had dinner at Chick-fil-A, then I married a man. There was something about that sandwich…”
I love him with a lot of the same devotion demonstrated by fans of his friend, Robin Williams. I read Martin’s funny, moving memoir Born Standing Up (2009) and I think it was one of the best books about showbiz ever.
I have been wild and crazy for him since his absurdist stand-up work in the mid-1970s. Who knew that he would go on to write great pieces for The New Yorker, plus novels such as Shopgirl (2000) and The Pleasure Of My Company (2003), An Object Of Beauty (2010), all more wry in tone than raucous, and plays such as The Underpants and Picasso At The Lapin Agile, both frequently produced in regional theatres, or a big Broadway musical Bright Star (2014), or a hit like the Tony Award-nominated Meteor Shower last year?
Steve Martin And Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life (2018) is currently streaming on Netflix. Short has stated that he and Martin chose not to joke about our president, and although they deliberately don’t mention POTUS, that doesn’t mean they support him. Short:
“As far as the Trump presidency, it’s an asterisk. It’s a typo. I mean, every day it’s worse.”
The Netflix special focuses on Short and Martin ribbing each other.
Martin notes that he doesn’t find Trump funny:
“Some people find him hilarious. I don’t find it hilarious, but you can’t say it’s dull.”
The Jerk (1979)
Pennies From Heaven (1981)
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)
All Of Me (1984)
Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)
L.A. Story (1991)