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Comedy legends to perform at IU Auditorium



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Steve Martin and Martin Short appear in the 1991 film "Father of the Bride." Martin and Short now have a Netflix special called, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life." Movie Stills Database Buy Photos

Celebrated actors Steven Martin and Martin Short will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the IU Auditorium. 

Their show, “An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life,” will feature comic sketches, musical numbers and reminiscences of their long careers. The show will also feature “Jimmy Kimmel Live“ band member Jeff Babko as well as the Grammy Award-winning blue grass band The Steep Canyon Rangers, according to the IU Auditorium website.  

Martin, 73, got his start working in Disneyland’s Magic Shop and went on to write for the Smother’s Brothers comedy hour. Already known for his absurdist stand-up comedy routines, Martin starred in the hit comedy film “The Jerk,” and was then propelled to Hollywood fame

Short made a name for himself on “Saturday Night Live” before starring in “Three Amigos,” where he met co-star Steve Martin. The two immediately became friends and starred together in two “Father of the Bride” films.

In 2018, Netflix released a specially recorded version of “An Evening You Will Never Forget.” The special was nominated for 4 Emmy Awards, including “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special” for Martin and Short and “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for Martin, according to the Emmy’s website.

 Among the special’s acts are Martin playing his signature banjo, Short singing a song and the duo lampooning faux Hollywood etiquette

Martin’s other films include hits like “Roxanne” and “The Pink Panther.” He has also written a novel “Object of Beauty” and plays in films such as “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” His latest play, “Meteor Shower,” starred Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key, closed on Broadway earlier this year.

“We at IU Auditorium have the privilege of delivering a variety of world-class arts and entertainment right to Bloomington’s doorstep,” said Executive Director of IU Auditorium Doug Booher in a press release.

Tickets and information can be found at the IU Auditorium website and tickets can also be purchased at the IU Auditorium box office.

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