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Still a Wild, Crazy Banjo Playing Guy

There are few comedians that have influenced me more than Steve Martin. He holds down a spot in my own personal “Murderer’s Row” of comic heroes. That’s Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, Jerry Lewis and Steve Martin if you’re scoring at home.

One of the reasons I have always looked up to this "legend of laughs" is because of how versatile he is as a performer. Mr. Martin’s style hits audiences on so many different levels. Steve has always excelled at humor that appeals to the 16-year-old kid doing impressions of him from “The Jerk” (it was a way to make girls laugh for a shy kid like me). But his wit also speaks to an older, more sophisticated crowd that will read his books and stories in The New Yorker.

Mr. Martin has garnered critical acclaim for his dramatic roles, hosted The Academy Awards, written and directed films and plays one mean banjo…yea, the banjo.

I can still listen to "The song his grandmother used to sing," which starts, “Be courteous. Kind and forgiving” or my favorite “Ramblin’ Guy” over and over again. Not only are the songs hilarious, but also Steve plays the banjo better than most seasoned blue grass musicians…and the banjo is a tricky instrument to say the very least.

This summer “Mr. Steve Martin”, as he is know in SNL’s 5 Timer’s Club, is on tour playing his banjo to sold out crowds and promoting his new album Rare Bird Alert.

There are certain shows I wish I could see; The Rat Pack at The Sands in Vegas, The Doors at The Whiskey on The Sunset Strip, Mickey Mantle playing in The House That Ruth Built and Steve Martin playing his banjo and reciting all the material from “Get Small” to a tee. I hope this banjo tour last until Christmas or that I can somehow get Steve to come play at The MLB Fan Cave as part of our Fan Cave Concert Series.

What do ya say, Mr. Steve Martin? Oh, and thanks for the inspiration.

There are few comedians that have influenced me more than Steve Martin. He holds down a spot in my own personal “Murderer’s Row” of comic heroes. That’s Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, Jerry Lewis and Steve Martin if you’re scoring at home.

One of the reasons I have always looked up to this "legend of laughs" is because of how versatile he is as a performer. Mr. Martin’s style hits audiences on so many different levels. Steve has always excelled at humor that appeals to the 16-year-old kid doing impressions of him from “The Jerk” (it was a way to make girls laugh for a shy kid like me). But his wit also speaks to an older, more sophisticated crowd that will read his books and stories in The New Yorker.

Mr. Martin has garnered critical acclaim for his dramatic roles, hosted The Academy Awards, written and directed films and plays one mean banjo…yea, the banjo.

I can still listen to "The song his grandmother used to sing," which starts, “Be courteous. Kind and forgiving” or my favorite “Ramblin’ Guy” over and over again. Not only are the songs hilarious, but also Steve plays the banjo better than most seasoned blue grass musicians…and the banjo is a tricky instrument to say the very least.

This summer “Mr. Steve Martin”, as he is know in SNL’s 5 Timer’s Club, is on tour playing his banjo to sold out crowds and promoting his new album Rare Bird Alert.

There are certain shows I wish I could see; The Rat Pack at The Sands in Vegas, The Doors at The Whiskey on The Sunset Strip, Mickey Mantle playing in The House That Ruth Built and Steve Martin playing his banjo and reciting all the material from “Get Small” to a tee. I hope this banjo tour last until Christmas or that I can somehow get Steve to come play at The MLB Fan Cave as part of our Fan Cave Concert Series.

What do ya say, Mr. Steve Martin? Oh, and thanks for the inspiration.