The Late Movies: Steve Martin

Mark Arminio

Last week, Steve Martin graced the set of The Colbert Report to talk about his latest book, An Object of Beauty, a novel about the NYC art scene. For Martin, an amateur art collector himself, this is the latest chapter in an incredibly diverse and influential career. Tonight for The Late Movies, here are some clips showing the rage and development of Steve Martin.

Starting out, here is the extended version of Steve Martin on The Colbert Report.

For his first job, Steve Martin worked at Disneyland. He would often stop by the Main Street Magic Shop to demonstrate tricks to the park's visitors. Drawing on his magic experience, here is a comedy routine called the Great Flydini.

Here is a clip of Steve on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he demonstrates a new device he started using called an answering machine.

Here is Martin performing his famous song "King Tut." His backing band, Toot Uncommons, contained actual members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The song rose to #17 on the Billboard charts in 1978.

Here is Martin from Little Shop of Horrors singing "The Dentist Song."

And of course, what Steve Martin list would be complete without his appearance in The Muppet Movie? Break out one of the finest wines of Idaho and watch this clip.

Martin is also an incredible banjo player who tours with noted bluegrass acts like Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck. Here is a clip from The Late Show with David Letterman with Martin and Scruggs.

Finally, if you have the time, check out Steve Martin's acceptance speech for The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor. Absolutely hilarious.

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