It seems as though there ain’t much that Steve Martin can’t do.
He was a writer on the ground-breaking “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.” He became a household name in stand-up comedy as a wild and crazy guy with an arrow stuck through his head. He recorded the hit novelty song, “King Tut.” He wrote and starred in the hit movie “The Jerk.”
Lots more movies followed. He wrote screenplays. He starred in movies. He wrote stories for movies that he didn’t even appear in – like 2008’s “Traitor.”
He wrote plays. He wrote novels. He wrote children’s books.
He recorded a bluegrass album and won a Grammy Award for it.
In the past six months alone, his second children’s book was published, “Late for School.” His latest novel, “An Object of Beauty,” was published. His second bluegrass album, “Rare Bird Alert,” was released on Rounder Records earlier this month. Produced by Tony Trischka, the album finds Martin backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers and such special guests as Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks.
At 8pm on Wednesday night, Martin makes a tour stop at the Palace Theatre in Albany. We won’t be doing stand-up comedy, but rather a sit-down chat. Billed as “A Conversation with Steve Martin,” WAMC-FM’s Joe Donahue will engage Martin in an unscripted conversation, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Tix are $45.75, $59.75 and $95.75.
BUT WAIT… Nippertown readers can take advantage of a special offer, however. You can get a $10 discount on any tickets for the show, simply by mentioning the password, “MARTIN.” Whether you purchase your tix in person at the box office, by phone or online, just mention the password – type it into the “promotions and special offers” box in the online ticket form – and you’ll save yourself 10 bucks. You’re welcome.