Event Preview: Steve Martin and Martin Short at The Eccles

Remember that old footage of Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. on stage at some summer resort—singing songs and insulting each other all in the name of entertainment?

Well, I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is: Dean Martin and Sammy Davis are dead. The good news is: Steve Martin and Martin Short are picking up where they left off with their Catskills act—and headed straight for Salt Lake City.

Neither of these men should need any introduction. Martin, of course is a wild and crazy guy who rose to fame in the ’70s on Saturday Night Live and later starred in movie hits The Jerk, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Roxanne and more.

If Tom Hanks is America’s Dad, Steve Martin is America’s wacky uncle.

But, lately Martin has been focused more on his music career, and people who haven’t been paying attention may be surprised to learn that he’s a mean banjo picker—in fact, the last time he was in Salt Lake, he was there with his old band, the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Martin Short, on the other hand, is a Canadian—so he naturally got his comedy chops on SCTV—and then later, his path crossed with Martin when they both starred in The Three Amigos.

That’s right. I’m offering you two out of three amigos. Dos Amigos.

Billed as “A night you will forget for the rest of your life,” the show part music, part stand-up comedy—and, based on the descriptions I’ve read, I’m comfortable calling it bluegrass vaudeville.

What more convincing do you need?

Steve Martin and Martin Short play The Eccles on Sunday, August 27. Limited tickets available here.

Christie Marcy
Christie Marcyhttps://www.saltlakemagazine.com/
Christie Marcy is a former managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months, you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.

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