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September 1: Steve Martin performs magic

We move on to one of my absolute all-time favorite performers. I hesitate to call Steve Martin a comedian because that label is so very limiting.

Back a few months before I started this blog, I read his autobiography, “Born Standing Up” and I was floored. I had just seen Picasso at the Lapin Agile and I was convinced that this was comic genius at work. The book gave me a much better picture of the comic I began watching at the start of Saturday Night Live, whose “Well, excuuuuuuuse MEEE!!!” line became my own personal motto for years through high school and college.

Far from an overnight sensation, Steve Martin began his career as a teen, working at Disneyworld in LA. Writer, stand-up comic, movie star, playwright, banjo player extraordinaire, and more; he defies labels.

This week, you’ll see clips from his early career all the way to present day, starting with the Smothers Brothers…

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