You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!
Steve Martin and Martin Short’s new tour You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today! redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, by two of the funniest, most influential, and acclaimed talents of the past century. Their humor is often subversive, but it is always a joyous self-deprecating romp from two comedy masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. The jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punch lines as they mock Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity, but the comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other. Martin and Short’s chemistry and timing on stage reflect a friendship forged over three decades, which developed when they met for the first time on the set of the 1986 film Three Amigos. These two titans of comedy have been touring together since 2015 when they launched their first live show entitled A Very Stupid Conversation. They will be visiting Ruth Eckerd Hall with very special guests Jeff Babko and the Steep Canyon Rangers on Friday, April 28 at 8 pm.
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 fist Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. Martin’s films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Plane, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989) L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991) and Bowfinger (1999).
He 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 fie 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 new book, Number One Is Walking, due out in November via Celadon, is an illustrated memoir of Martin’s legendary acting career with stories from his most popular films with artwork by New York cartoonist Harry Bliss. The book is the follow-up to Martin & Bliss’s #1 New York Times Best Selling book, A Wealth of Pigeons.
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 over 30 years ago. Short won his first Emmy® Award 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® Award 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 most 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 returned to SNL to host three times and performed in the series’ landmark 40th Anniversary special in 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 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.
Martin & Short star together in Hulu’s most-watched comedy series, Only Murders in the Building. Selena Gomez co-stars in the series, which was co-created by Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie), who serve as Executive Producers along with Gomez, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, Rhode Island Ave’s Jess Rosenthal and Short. The show follows three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves caught up in one. Only Murders in the Building received 17 Emmy® nominations earlier this year.
Martin and Short’s 2018 Netflix special titled An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life received 4 Emmy® nominations in 2018. In 2019, Short and Martin 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 now.
Tickets priced at $233.25, $183.25, $153.25 and $103.25 will be available at The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall, by calling 727.791.7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm ONLY. The Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office opens two hours prior to show time.