Sunday, November 28, 2010
One Wild & Crazy Life...of a famous Writer
An American Icon. The guy who's had white hair ever since I can remember. But he never seems to age.
A comedic genius. The creative equivalent of a Trifecta. A triple threat if you will.
My three fave roles of his: a waiter in The Muppet Movie, Lucky Day in The Three Amigos and he sang and danced in Little Shop of Horrors as a Dentist. The man also played a Jerk but if you've ever seen him in an interview he is anything but.
He can list three Grammy's for his comedic performances but, to your surprise, he also has two Grammy's for his music. Yes, his original music. And it's Bluegrass and the instrument of choice....the friggin' BANJO!
The epitome of cool.
Who, who is this man you ask? And did I just hear you say 'so what' about having comedic and musical accomplishments? You forget where I'm from. Philly. And I gots me some legbreakers. So shut your cake hole and give the man some props.
There is further evidence that this artist is one of the greats, I mean all time GREATEST CREATIVE and ARTISTIC LEGENDS of our time.
He is also an AUTHOR. The author of two novellas and a recent novel. He also has a memoir, short stories, and children's books published. Oh and besides that he writes his own music for said awesome banjo and of course has written for TV, the Stage and Silver Screen. You may have seen one of his novellas on the big screen. You may have even read them.
As much as I am a fan of his acting, I can honestly say I've never read any of his works. I've only seen his Banjo strumming skills on American Idol. And YES, the Banjo was kick ass.
Without further adieu...Banjo strum please....
Charlie asked him to read an excerpt and I was pulled in. His voice, his writing voice, is fresh -a natural story teller.
He is a writer, as Charlie Rose points out. A writer in all things.
And for it to be channeled through Steven Martin is kind of ironic. Sitting here, jabbing at these keys, it's all come full circle.
the original movie. The one starring, none other than, Steve Martin.
Cha-ching. And it all comes full circle.
I am currently reading four books. All different and I love them. I put Shop Girl and Object of Beauty on my Christmas list. The hubby always gets me a book or two.
So, after all this, this is where the post ends. It began as an homage to the ageless scribe of wonder and ends with him inspiring, in a round about sort of way, the direction I am headed as an aspiring scribe.
King Tut (King Tut)
Now when he was a young man,
He never thought he'd see
People stand in line to see the boy king.
Hah, Steve prolly never imagined peeps waiting in line for him.
Here you can find out more about Steve. http://www.stevemartin.com/
Below is a list of accomplishments, as noted in wikipedia.
1978 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album - Let's Get Small
1979 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album - A Wild and Crazy Guy.
Cruel Shoes (1979) (Essays)
Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Other Plays: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the Zig-Zag Woman, Patter for the Floating Lady, WASP (1996) (Play)
L.A. Story and Roxanne: Two Screenplays (published together in 1997) (Screenplays)
Pure Drivel (1998) (Stories)
Eric Fischl : 1970–2000 (2000) (Afterword)
Modern Library Humor and Wit Series (2000) (Introduction and Series Editor)
Shopgirl (2000) (Novella)
Kindly Lent Their Owner: The Private Collection of Steve Martin (2001) (Art)
The Underpants: A Play (2002) (Play)
The Pleasure of My Company (2003) (Novel)
The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z (2007) (Children's Books illustrated by Roz Chast)
Born Standing Up (2007) (Memoir)
An Object of Beauty (2010) (Novel)
Late For School (2010) (Children's book)