Steve Martin and Martin Short bring broad comedy and minimal banjo to Netflix

Here’s the most important thing to know about Steve Martin and Martin Short’s new Netflix comedy special: There are about five minutes of straight banjo. This is a petty yet useful detail for most people who have long loved Martin’s comedy while warmly acknowledging his bluegrass—perhaps even turning up to a bluegrass…

Martin Short and Steve Martin did a very good job filming a promo for their Netflix special

Most performers like to put on a fancy show even when they’re promoting a fancy show, which seems like it must be very tiring. For their upcoming Netflix special, though, Martin Short and Steve Martin just made a short video of themselves talking about what they’re doing, and while their approach is fairly simple and…

Exclusive: Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers release a charming video for “Santa Fe” 

As many are aware, Steve Martin the legendary comedian is also a banjo player, an instrument he used in his earliest stand-up gigs and now appears to be returning to with a genuine flourish. His bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers has recently released its followup album to 2011’s Rare Bird Alert—the appropriately…

One Father Of The Bride superfan can now buy the house where it all happened

There’s only so many times a person can watch Father Of The Bride before that immersive sensation of being there in the chaos of the Banks family household begins to dissipate. After 20 or 30 viewings of 1991 Steve Martin comedy—based on the 1950 version starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor—a fan needs to go…

Surely you can’t be serious: 16 movie parodies that still hold up

Parody films are ephemeral by nature. Take Fifty Shades Of Black, the Marlon Wayans Fifty Shades Of Grey parody that comes out this weekend: Based on its trailer, it’s practically guaranteed to feature at least one gag involving someone farting during sex. It’s also practically guaranteed to be forgotten before the…

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Donald Trump draws notorious joke lord David Letterman out of hiding

In the same weekend that saw Donald Trump’s life reportedly threatened by fugitive drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the entrepreneur and owner of the world’s smallest auburn putting green was the subject of stinging words from another known enemy. Trump’s incendiary and distressingly popular campaign for…