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Steve Martin and Martin short are a "natural" coming pair

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Steve Martin and Martin Short call their joint show “An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Lives.”

And the two veteran comics and actors say the know who to blame.

“I’ve learned you can’t rely on Marty,” Martin, 71, quips during a joint phone conversation. “You’re out there essentially alone. You’re not getting any help.”

“Zero,” Short, 67, agrees.

The truth, of course, is the show is a display of the duo’s combined and individual comic genius, whether it’s Martin playing bluegrass tunes with the Steep Canyon Rangers or Short doing his own bits or the two working together, pulling audience members out of the crowd to recreate the “salute” from their 1986 film “The Three Amigos.”

“It’s a really fun night for us,” Martin says. “There’s this kind of natural ease with each other and chemistry and improvising.” Short adds that, “Steve and I work in a similar style. It’s very exhilarating and it’s a constant work in progress. The constant evolution of the evening is what’s enjoyable, the process of getting it better and better and better.

“So the second we walk off the stage every night, as the audience is applauding, we’re already talking about what didn’t’ work and what could we change as we’re getting the mics taken off. That’s what’s fun about it.”

The two -- who launched the touring performances after interviewing each other for a comedy festival a couple of years ago in Chicago -- plan to film and record the show at some point, but they say that so far it hasn’t inspired another movie or other kind of project for them to work on together. “The stage is a separate animal,” Short explains. “It doesn’t make you say, ‘Gee, we should do a radio show’ or something.”

Short says the show with Martin is “the only thing” he’s doing right now. Martin, meanwhile, has started producing an online comedy class at masterclassi.com, and he’ll be releasing his next bluegrass album, “The Long Awaited Album,” this fall, featuring a dozen new compositions.

If You Go:

• Steve Martin and Martin Short, with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko

• 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

• Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the Oakland University, Rochester Hills.

• Tickets are $49.50-$199.50 pavilion, $35 lawn.

• Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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