It’s no secret, I am a huge fan of Steve Martin – not just of his acting, or comedy, but of his writing. When I finished high school, I read “Shopgirl” – a 2000 novella penned by the playwright Martin. Since then, I was hooked. I bought every book, and spent my nights catching up on everything I missed. More recently, I found inspiration in “Born Standing Up,” a very personal memoir released as I was entering my final year of college.
Last weekend, I saw Steve Martin live at Casino Rama with Martin Short. The show titled: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life With The Steep Canyon Rangers . This was my first time seeing him on stage like that, and after all these years, it seemed worth the wait and the 2 hour drive to Orillia.
The pair chatted on stage, shared memories about fame, fans and films, and spent time showing off solo; Martin Short sprawled across the piano, singing about his family, and struggles: “My rock bottom is still better than your wildest dreams.” The Hamilton native went on to say, he’s always wanted to perform at Casino Rama, with childhood desires to play cowboys and Indian casino owners.
Steve Martin entered the stage with his banjo, and the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers (whom I interviewed last year for Talk Radio AM640, click here). He took a moment to recognize the band, literally, before performing a solo. “Now that I’ve introduced the band, I am going to do a solo.”
Fast-forward a bit, and old footage was shared on screen, including Steve Martin’s time as “The Great Flydini,” an amazing illusionist magician on Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
This was their last stop on the tour, and the show lasted for two hours. But before it wrapped up, we got five more minutes of the amigos. Back on stage to meet contract requirements, they jokingly sang.
A special thanks to Casino Rama; I had an evening I surely won’t forget.