Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Steve Martin


If ever a guest host of Saturday Night Live was in danger of becoming an honorary cast member Steve Martin would be; he's hosted a record 15 times, tied with Alec Baldwin and three times more than John Goodman. Unlike his two rivals, though - who both entered the Five-Timers Club in 1994 - Martin passed that landmark during the show's third season, as long ago as 1978.

Yet for all his success as an actor and stand-up comedian, Martin considers himself a writer first, as evidenced by his recent work, including several high-profile pieces for The New Yorker and the novels Shopgirl (2001) and The Pleasure of My Company (2003).

(For the record, I have no idea who Wendell is; I just liked the photo, and thought the odd inscription added a touch of whimsy. Because if there's one thing this proceeding needs, it's
more whimsy... ~ MSM)

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