Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their careers when they appear together in “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Proctors.
Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers will join the duo on stage. The tour also features pianist and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko.
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 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.”
His films include “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 bluegrass banjoist and composer.
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.
Martin’s 2018 Netflix special with Martin Short titled “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” received 4 Emmy nominations.
Short, a 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 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” and “Pure Luck.”
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.”
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 has also returned to "SNL" as host three times. His New York Times bestselling memoir, “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend,” was published in 2014.
Tickets, priced from $75.50–$179.50, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at proctors.org.