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Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 07, 2007 04:11PM
He's my all-time favorite comedian. But this is something ANYONE could write:

[www.newyorker.com]
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: papercup
Date: February 07, 2007 04:16PM
As far as I can tell, that's ALL he gets paid to do. Crap.

Maybe 3 good movies in 25 years. Maybe 2 good albums BEFORE that.



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: elmo3
Date: February 07, 2007 04:17PM
oh, come on. His SNL stuff is legend. You can't forget THAT.



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: February 07, 2007 04:21PM
He does pretty well for someone born a poor, black child.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: February 07, 2007 04:23PM
Virgin No. 35: By the way, here in Heaven “virgin” has a slightly different meaning. It means “chatty.”



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: billb
Date: February 07, 2007 04:26PM
Define "paid".












This is, after all, The New Yorker. :-)
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 07, 2007 05:47PM
"Pennies from Heaven" to me is one of the most undiscovered great movies. "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" is priceless. The Father of the Bride stuff really sucked IMHO as has his recent movies. "The Idiot" is insulting. I used to dutifully go see all his movies but avoid them now like the plague.




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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/07/2007 05:54PM by spearmint.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 07, 2007 06:06PM
I can't believe some people get paid for some of the cartoons in the New Yorker.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: February 07, 2007 06:07PM
Go rent "A Simple Twist Of Fate", one of his most unnoticed and underrated movies. I'm guessing if it had done better, he wouldn't have turned to doing shlock for the paycheck.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: February 07, 2007 06:20PM
i've never liked any of his schtick, especially his SNL stuff.

But I've liked a lot of his movies - Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Man With Two Brains, The Jerk, Pennies From Heaven, The Lonely Guy, L.A. Story to name a few.

And he's done some bad one's too, but I ignore them.






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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: February 07, 2007 06:29PM
He had a fairly good, serious role in The Spanish Prisoner. Checked out the DVD from the library last week.



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: February 07, 2007 06:59PM
i heard an interview on npr with him and two other banjo players, bela fleck being one of them. they recently released a banjo trio cd. (okay, stop laughing!)

martin is actually quite a good picker.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: particleman
Date: February 07, 2007 07:29PM
What about Roxanne or All of Me? Two enjoyable movies.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: papercup
Date: February 07, 2007 07:53PM
Steve Martin & Chevy Chase are two squandered talents, each guilty jumping on the first project/paycheck that lands on their desk. Their bodies of work are full of filler & fluff, while a few showcase their comic genius (being generous here)

Chevy made so many bad decisions early on , it just about killed his career.

Steve Martin is just going through the motions.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: February 07, 2007 09:03PM
I liked it --it wasn't hysterical.

Steve Martin, like many other comedians, wants to be known as a "serious" artist, and looks down on his own comedic work.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: February 07, 2007 09:04PM
He has written some funny stuff in columns over the years.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: February 07, 2007 09:33PM
Anyone remember "Cruel Shoes"?

I still have a copy somewhere around here. Short stories and poems like:

"The Diarrhea Gardens of El Camino Real"

and

"The Day The Ducks Dropped By"

to name a few. I believe it was released in 1979, about the same time as The Jerk?



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: February 07, 2007 10:34PM
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papercup
Steve Martin & Chevy Chase are two squandered talents, each guilty jumping on the first project/paycheck that lands on their desk. Their bodies of work are full of filler & fluff, while a few showcase their comic genius (being generous here)

Chevy made so many bad decisions early on , it just about killed his career.

Steve Martin is just going through the motions.

No way. Chevy has had NOTHING worth watching since maybe "Fletch." Steve Martin has good new stuff all the time. Good in serious roles too (as noted in "Spanish Prisoner" and more recently in "Shopgirl").



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: h'
Date: February 07, 2007 11:23PM
He's a legend, allowed to be mediocre from time to time. His recent SNL hosting stint was more memorable than most of the episodes, even if the set didn't bristle with electricity.

I will always have a soft spot for this (and kind of an inside joke w/ my brother Todd . . .)


Quote


"What I Believe"

Steve Martin


[Sound of laughter fades in]

Oh sure, it's easy to stand out here and jump around and try and be a...
wild and crazy guy. I think there's more to entertaining than that, and
that's why right now, I would like to talk about [voice deepens
melodramatically, emphasizing each word] what I believe.


[Gentle string music begins to play and continues in background;
imagine any one of a number of TV shows or movies where a character
begins to make an impassioned but completely phony speech while his
cohorts begin to hum "America the Beautiful" and you have the idea.]

What I believe:

I believe in rainbows, and puppy dogs and fairy tales. And I believe
in the family: Mom, and Dad, and Grandma, and Uncle Todd, who waves
his penis.

And I believe in 8 of the Ten Commandments, and I believe in going to
church every Sunday, unless there's a game on.

And I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, wholesome, and
natural things that money can buy.

And I believe it's derogatory to refer to a woman's breasts as "@#$%&",
"jugs", "winnebagos", or "golden bozos". And you should only refer to
them as "hooters".

And I believe you should place a woman on a pedestal, high enough so
you can look up her dress.

And I believe in equality, equality for everyone, no matter how stupid
they are, or how much better I am than they are.

And people say I'm crazy for believing this, but I believe that robots
are stealing my luggage.

And I believe I made a mistake when I bought a 30-story, one-bedroom
apartment.

And I believe that the "Battle of the Network Stars" should be fought
with guns.

And I believe that Ronald Reagan can make this country what it once
was: an arctic region, covered with ice.

And I believe the United States should all foreigners in this country,
provided they can speak our native language: Apache.

And lastly, I believe that of all the evils on this earth, there is
nothing worse than the music you are listening to right now.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: h'
Date: February 07, 2007 11:29PM
And then there's one of my favorite quotes, from LA story:
[www.google.com]
(Not safe for some work)
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 08, 2007 12:31AM
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Mike Sellers
Go rent "A Simple Twist Of Fate", one of his most unnoticed and underrated movies. I'm guessing if it had done better, he wouldn't have turned to doing shlock for the paycheck.

That one was the Silas Marner remake, right?



It is what it is.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: raz
Date: February 08, 2007 09:11AM
Just screened Leap Of Faith the other day. I'd forgotten just how good it is. Make sure you have a good sound system, though.



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: February 08, 2007 10:01AM
Remember this song?

Be courteous, kind and forgiving,
Be gentle and peaceful each day,
Be warm and human and grateful,
And have a good thing to say.

Be thoughtful and trustful and childlike,
Be witty and happy and wise,
Be honest and love all your neighbors,
Be obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant.

Be pompous, obese, and eat cactus,
Be dull, and boring, and omnipresent,
Criticize things you don't know about,
Be oblong and have your knees removed.

Be tasteless, rude, and offensive,
Live in a swamp and be three dimensional,
Put a live chicken in your underwear,
Get all excited and go to a yawning festival.




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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: February 08, 2007 10:49AM
I love LA Story so much that I can forgive Steve Martin almost anything. I think he has done some good stuff -- I usually enjoy his more romantic things -- and some dopey stuff as well.

That said, the New Yorker "Shouts and Murmers" section somehow seems to encompass some of the worst writing of many fine humorists. I think it is actually funny about once every 8 or 9 weeks. It's almost as if it's a secretly-agreed-upon repository for writing that isn't good enough to use in other projects.



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: February 08, 2007 11:05AM
"The Great Flydini" kills.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 08, 2007 11:18AM
Again, he's my favorite, but that piece I linked to was amateurish.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: February 08, 2007 01:50PM
I dunno, the humor there is a bit dry, but that is the style of humor you get (or just as likely "don't get") in the New Yorker.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: February 08, 2007 01:55PM
Martin has done plenty of good films- add Bowfinger to those listed here- and the better ones seem to be the ones that he writes or has some dgree of control over.

However, crap like the Cheaper By The Dozen series- I guess you could include a lot of his "family" movies- is pretty unnecessary, and sometimes unforgiveable.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: Mike V
Date: February 08, 2007 08:17PM
LA Story was great.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: February 08, 2007 08:21PM
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Joey Cupcakes
...sometimes unforgiveable.

Please. You'll forgive him the next time he creates something great.



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: fmgtech
Date: February 08, 2007 11:06PM
You people forget that Seve Martine started out playing the banjo, wearing baloons and face arrows on his head and saying "exxxxcuuuuuuuuuuusssseeeeeeee me".
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: February 09, 2007 07:35AM
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fmgtech
You people forget that Seve Martine started out playing the banjo, wearing baloons and face arrows on his head and saying "exxxxcuuuuuuuuuuusssseeeeeeee me".

Don't speak for what I remember. And are you saying his early stand-up was anything but great?



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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: fmgtech
Date: February 09, 2007 07:42AM
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jimbrady
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fmgtech
You people forget that Seve Martine started out playing the banjo, wearing baloons and face arrows on his head and saying "exxxxcuuuuuuuuuuusssseeeeeeee me".

Don't speak for what I remember. And are you saying his early stand-up was anything but great?

No I really like Steve Martin. I actually saw him in Las Vegas back in the 70's.
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Re: Steve Martin: Does he paid for this crap?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: February 10, 2007 01:13AM
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$tevie
I love LA Story so much that I can forgive Steve Martin almost anything.

Me, too. That movie is magical.



It is what it is.
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