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Steve Martin’s Reappearing Act

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At the height of his stand-up career, Steve Martin retired from the art form he’d spent years trying to perfect. In an interview with NPR, he explained why: “I really couldn’t change the act. Nobody wanted to hear new material, they wanted to hear the same old material.”  Martin qualified his departure: “It wasn’t like I walked away and didn’t know what I was going to do. I walked away and walked into movies because The Jerk had been a hit.” (You can see that outrageous esthetic’s evolution in our slideshow The Crazier Side of Steve Martin.)

But Martin’s departure from the stage begs the question: If he walked away from stand-up because he knew his movies would be hits, will he walk away from the movies now that he’s become a successful writer?

Martin writes not only jokes and screenplays, but now also books. He’s moved beyond short stories and essays (Damn you New Yorker for publishing and encouraging him!) to plays and novels. He even has a children’s book, The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z!  We like him on screen.

Check him out on February 2 at 8 p.m. | 7c with back-to-back showing of Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II. For a full schedule of this double feature on AMC, take a look at the online schedule.

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