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Steve Martin Tries Prime-Time Variety with '3 Girls 3'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Like westerns before it, the variety show is a TV genre that has gone the way of the dodo in America. Every once in a [...]

Steve Martin Will Receive the AFI Life Achievement Award Next Year

The American Film Institute announced today that it's chosen Steve Martin as its annual Life Achievement Award recipient. Martin will make the second comedian to receive the award since its inception in 1973 following Mel Brooks in 2013. The award will be presented to Martin at the AFI Awards, which aren't scheduled to air on TNT and TCM until June 2015. Other recent recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award include Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine, and Jane Fonda. Martin also received an honorary Oscar last year and ranked near the top of our "20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time" list earlier this week.

Gay Marriage-Themed 'Father of the Bride 3' in the Works with Steve Martin Attached

In the spirit of unnecessary sequels, Nikki Finke reports that Disney and Warner Bros. are currently working on a sequel to the Father of the Bride franchise with Steve Martin slated to return. The first two Father of the Bride films were in 1991 and 1995, but the in-the-works sequel will focus on Matty (originally played by Kieran Culkin), the son of Martin's character, who "is now 29 and gay and getting married to a Navy SEAL's son. Father of the bride George is 'thunderstruck and speechless' and has problems with the whole gay thing. So wife Nina kicks him out of the house." Original Father of the [...]

Watch Steve Martin Accept His Honorary Academy Award

The Honorary Oscars were handed out over the weekend at the 2013 Governors Awards, and Steve Martin received an Academy Honorary Award, which recognizes "extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy." His speech is as funny and sweet as you'd expect from Martin. Below, check out tributes to Martin from Tom Hanks, Martin Short, and Bill Taylor.

Steve Martin Is Getting an Honorary Oscar

Steve Martin is finally getting an Academy Award. Martin, who has hosted the Oscars three times (most recently in 2010 with Alec Baldwin), will be the recipient of an honorary governor's award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday. Martin has won an Emmy, four Grammys, and countless other awards, but never an Oscar. A short film he wrote and starred in, The Absent-Minded Waiter, was nominated for an Oscar in 1977. "I'm proud to win an honorary Oscar this year," Martin tweeted. "A salute to comedy and all the great people I've worked with."

The Johnny Carson Comeback Special That Never Was

On Mark Malkoff’s wonderful Carson Podcast, several guests have been asked about why they believe that when Johnny said goodbye on May 22, 1992 he never returned to television in any substantial form. Several of them say that Johnny cited Bob Hope as the inspiration behind his desire to remain off the air. Hope was being wheeled out on stage until the very end as a comedy icon that performed less and less comedy as the years went on. Carson, on the other hand, wanted to get off the stage before that could happen to him, ensuring that his audience would forever remember him as a master of [...]

The 20 Greatest Standup Specials of All Time

Modern standup has been around in one form or another since vaudeville, but it’s only been since the late ‘70s that the standup special has gained traction as the crowning achievement of a successful comic. Fortunately, the beginnings of the standup special were as fertile as rock ‘n’ roll’s birth 25 years prior, with many of the all-time greats setting templates right from the start.

The material always comes first, of course, but as a video document of a honed act it’s also important to appreciate the visual elements — the framing, editing, and backdrop — and how they enhance or detract from the pacing and quality of the jokes.

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Watch Steve Martin and Conan O'Brien Rehearse a 'Letterman'-Style Top 10 Bit

Here's a nice lighthearted break amid a day of sad news. Back in August, comedy superstars Steve Martin and Conan O'Brien delivered a Letterman-style Top 10 bit, and today the show released the above behind-the-scenes footage of their rehearsal. Though this may shatter the assumption that late night interviews aren't painstakingly rehearsed beforehand, Conan's frequent bursts of laughter sound very authentic.

Watch Steve Martin Make Fun of David Letterman for 15 Minutes

Here's Steve Martin's appearance on Letterman from Friday night, which he mostly spends busting Letterman's balls about his frequent anniversaries and his taste in suits. It's always fun to watch these two talk to each other.

Watch Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog Play "Dueling Banjos"

Funny or Die continues to trot out the big guns for its fancy new redesign. Here's comedy's two most famous banjo players, Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog, playing "Dueling Banjos." Both of their entire comedy/banjo careers have been building to this moment.

The video is first in a series to promote Matt Hoyle's upcoming photo book, Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People, with videos featuring Tina Fey, Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt, Weird Al Yankovic, and more set to release on Funny or Die in the coming weeks.

'SNL 40' Review: The Stars Come Home

After 40 years, Saturday Night Live may be the only remaining "watercooler comedy" that everyone still has something to say about. Whether it's "The first five years were the best," or "Bring back Victoria Jackson!" (just kidding, no one says that), we all have our opinions on what is or isn't funny on the show… not just us nerdy online reviewers. SNL is, after all, one of the only shows we grew up with that's still on the air – those of us under 40 haven't lived in a world without it — and we each have a personal connection to the first incarnation of it that spoke to us. For me, it was Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond [...]

Burn It Down and Start Again: 4 Comics Who Threw Out Their Material and Reinvented Themselves

Throwing out material is a frightening prospect for any entertainer. For some performers it can take years to compile a half-hour show. Especially in comedy, recycled material can feel reheated quickly; it ends careers of comedians who refuse to change their once popular, soon hackneyed material.

Today with successes like Louis C.K. and John Mulaney, it’s hard for comedians not to feel pressure to accumulate new material annually.

Some comedians could ride on catchphrases for a few years, but the idea of starting fresh and reinventing oneself has existed in comedy for half a century. Throwing out material is daunting, but it’s a technique to get better and learn about what [...]

Steve Martin Should Host Every Pledge Drive

Here's a new clip Steve Martin shot to air during PBS pledge drives starting next month, in conjunction with a concert special he's doing with Edie Brickell. It's both funny and less boring than anything that usually happens during public TV pledge drives.

Martin Short, Tom Hanks, and Steve Martin Have Colonoscopy Parties Together

Here's Martin Short on The Tonight Show last night, telling Jay Leno about how he and friends Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Walter Parks have colonoscopy parties together. Every four years, Short says, the guys have a sleepover at Steve Martin's house the night before their colonoscopies where they cleanse to prepare for their colonoscopies the next morning while hanging out and playing poker. Sounds like gross fun.