Steve Martin ISN’T Funny Like He Used to Be!

Steve Martin hosted the Academy Awards ceremony again this psat Sunday evening with Alec Baldwin. When I heard he was co-hosting this year I couldn’t wait to watch the telecast. Why?

Steve has a reputation for being a very funny entertainer. My wife ordered the Steve Martin Saturday Night Live collection last month off of Netflix. I couldn’t wait to sit down with her and my daughters to re-live those magical moments from my college years. I remember Steve was the funniest guy I had ever seen or heard on stage.

But when we watched the old shows, I was embarrassed. Steve isn’t funny like he used to be. He earned his comedic stripes as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Show in the late 1960s. His off-beat, and often controversial humor was a good match for the censorship-pushing Smothers Brothers brand of comedy. Then on the old Saturday Night Live, he became a mega-star with such skits as “Two Wild and Crazy Guys” (with Dan Akroyd) and “King Tut”, his homage to the popularity of the King Tut exhibit in the U.S. He really knew how to tap into people’s humor and funny bones.

What happened to Steve?

I can’t remember when, but I outgrew the trademark off the cuff brand of humor that made him popular in the middle to late 1970s. Steve grew up, too. He went from the wild, unpredictable comic, to the “every jerk” (“The Jerk” and “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”) in his early movies, to the every man in his later movies (“Father of the Bride” and “Cheaper By the Dozen”). Steve has reinvented his career and image several times over (Writing and producing his own non-comedic dramatic play: “Shop Girl”). Every time he taps into a segment of entertainment that people want to buy or view. I thought he was great at the Academy Awards. It was current. It was a little controversial. It was DIFFERENT and up to date.

Steve Martin isn’t funny like he used to be. I’m glad!

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