Tracker Pixel for Entry

​My Favorite Martins

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | News | June 5th, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

On Friday comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will be bringing their unique variety show to the stage at Bluestem. HPR had the opportunity to chat with the two about their friendship, their careers and their big show.

High Plains Reader: Have you ever been to Fargo/Moorhead?

Steve Martin: About a million times, since the late 60s, I’d tour as a comedian. As an opening act for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, I feel like Moorhead was a part of the vocabulary of our travels.

HPR: From what I’ve read--the two of you met on the set of “Three Amigos?”

Steve Martin: Yes we did, actually not on the set we met way before that because we had to prepare for the movie. We got to know each other on the set of “Three Amigos” because on a movie there’s just--there’s a lot of sitting around and we got to talk and joke around and kid around with Chevy we all became really good buddies, we’d drive to work together in the morning and I’d have two other funny guys to hang around.

HPR: Was there a big bonding moment where you knew--ok we’re going to be friends.

Steve: First kiss, I’d say first kiss.. (laughs)

HPR: I also read that this was the first movie role for Mr. Short--is that correct?

Martin Short: It’s true it was my first movie given equal billing to massive movie stars.

Steve Martin: Sabrina, Can I ask you a question?

Sabrina: Sure

Steve Martin: Are you Canadian?

Sabrina: No I’m not, I’m from North Dakota!

Steve Martin: There’s a similar accent between maybe North Dakotans and Canadians

Martin Short: That’s true actually, I’ve been told that too actually--are you from North Dakota? No I’m not, I’m from Hamilton, Ontario.

HPR: To bring up “Three Amigos” again, I read that you, Mr. Martin learned how to trick rope while you were working as a teen in Disneyland?

Steve Martin: When I was 13 years old... I worked at Disneyland from the time I was 10-18, because I lived really close to Disneyland and Anaheim and they would hire little kids to dress up as 19th century boys or something and sell newspapers and guidebooks. When I turned 13 I went to Frontierland and I met a real cowboy who taught me how to trick rope and I would work with this guy who was a trick roper and I learned how to trick rope. I finally had a use for it in “Three Amigos.”

HPR: When the two of you were growing up--how did you start your comedy careers? Were you class clowns?

Martin Short: If the teacher was weak I was a class clown.

Steve Martin: Yeah--that’s the way I was!

Martin Short: Otherwise I was the best student of them all

Steve Martin: Yeah. Right. We were able to shift. I would actually alternate years. I’d go this year I’ll be the class clown. THIS year I’ll be the A student--though I was never an A student.

HPR: As far as roasting goes in stand up--is there an etiquette or an art to the roast?

Steve Martin: I definitely think there is. I find some roasts too...too harsh.

Martin Short: Yeah, Or too truthful!

Steve Martin: Too truthful? Maybe... Sometimes, but the roast has changed from polite digs--which is what we do, but even then, when we do our polite digs at each other you'll hear the others go--ooooooh! Like it was something awful and neither of us view it as being anything close to awful.

HPR: I always thought it would be tough to sit there and take a grilling!

Martin Short: They’re really more silly jokes. You don’t really express the truth of things.

Steve Martin: Even though we really do like each other--I think the audience enjoys it and we enjoy it so...we’re not too cruel to each other

HPR: Speaking of the polite roast, how have you seen the comedy scene evolve throughout your career--Has there been a noticeable shift?

Steve Martin: It’s been a huge shift but it’s hard to pinpoint what it is because the comedy world is so diverse in terms of content. You can have one comedian be very extreme you can see another be extremely polite but funny and it’s all over the place. You actually have the option to choose your comedy. I think when Marty and I were growing up you had three options.

HPR: Mr. Martin, you’re quite the renaissance man.. You’re a musician--well, you’re both quite musical, you’re a musician, and actor and a playwright, how do you balance everything? How does one artform inform the other?

Steve Martin: That’s a hard question to answer but I can answer the first part easily. You say how do I balance everything.. It looks like I do a whole lot of things but when you think about it… I don’t have a job! So, I wake up in the morning and the day is stretched out before me with absolutely nothing--mostly. I don’t report to work at 8 a.m. and get home at 5. Show Business is very much one’s own schedule and when you do work--this isn’t accurate but our show is two hours long. Of course we rehearse for that for three hours before that every night, there’s a lot of time in one’s day--especially if you don’t have a job. (laughs)

HPR: How would you describe your show, would you say it’s a variety show?

Martin Short: It’s been referred to as a “Children’s show for adults,” it’s an endless stream of things coming at you whether it’s comedic or oddness solo spots or brilliant music. It’s a wide variety--and it’s very original too.

IF YOU GO:

Steve Martin and Martin Short "Now You See Them, Soon You Won't"

Friday, June 7, 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Bluestem Amphitheater, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead

Recently in:

WATFORD CITY – A reported 10-gallon spill of liquid gold at the Garden Creek I Gas Processing Plant in 2015 – just before the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy – could now be renamed as the largest land spill in human…

The 2019 North Dakota Senior Games begin this Thursday, August 15 and will continue through Saturday, August 17. There are 20 events scheduled for the Senior Games, which take place at various locations around Fargo and West Fargo.…

Thursday, August 29, 6-10 p.m.This Skateshop, 625 1st Ave. N, FargoShop vintage, enjoy a complimentary drink, play some vintage board games, VHS movies will be projected on the wall. It’s predicted that it will be an epic night for all!

Editorial

The power of song

by Sabrina Hornung

In this issue David Crosby said, “You know, music is like a lifting force. It makes things better.” Truer words have never been spoken. This week we decided to change things up a bit and offer our readers an exclusive music…

Basing Gun Control On Militia Muskets Is NutsThere was a picture of hundreds of colorful backpacks in the Fargo Forum that were distributed to children at the Fargodome a couple of days ago. It was part of the 21st Annual 2019…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comThe High Plains Reader spoke to Ojata Records and the Dogmajal owner and operator Jeremy Swisher about the ever-growing Grand Forks record store and hotdog shop.HPR: We might as well get the elephant…

If you’ve ever craved an outdoor music festival where you can walk to downtown shops, do yoga or go fishing in between sets, you’re in luck. The Greenway Takeover Festival returns to two stages in the heart of Grand Forks…

By Scott Ecker notharrisonford@gmail.comLast Tuesday I joined many local artists and audience members for Theatre B’s season preview at the Hjemkomst Center. As one of their board members, I see Theatre B regulars very often. …

Arts

‘Local American epics’

by Sabrina Hornung

The US Postal Service recently released a set of stamps celebrating the New Deal era post office murals that were federally commissioned during the Roosevelt administration, though the mural that graces the walls of the New…

The annual mainstage summer musical, produced by Trollwood Performing Arts School and sponsored by Bell Bank, opens Thursday, July 11. This year’s performance is Disney’s “Freaky Friday.” Trollwood Performing Arts…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

If you’re from the region you may have sipped, sampled or caught word of a libation often referred to as “red eye” or “wedding whiskey” at some point. In fact some of our friends of German Russia descent swear by it. If…

Wellness

Yoga on the Farm

by Ryan Janke

Every Thursday evening during the month of June, Mara Solberg is inviting people to come out and try Yoga on the Farm. It is a unique yoga experience that was born from an idea that was proposed to Solberg.“I’ve been with Red…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

Woman is born free and lives equal to man in her rights…The purpose of any political association is the conservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of woman and man; these rights are liberty, property, security, and…