Steve Martin and Martin Short play their first-ever New Zealand show this November

Tuesday 4 June 2019

Steve Martin and Martin Short play their first-ever New Zealand show this November

Two of the funniest, most influential comic geniuses Steve Martin and Martin Short are bringing their debut performance to Auckland's Spark Arena as part of their latest comedy tour 'Now You See Them, Soon You Won't' this November. The duo will be joined by the award-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers as special guests.

Steve Martin and Martin Short's humour is often subversive, but it is always a joyous self-deprecating romp from two comedy masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. Their jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punchlines, but the comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other.

Martin and Short's chemistry and timing onstage reflect a friendship of more than three decades—they met for the first time on the set of the 1986 film 'Three Amigos'. These comedy icons have been touring together since 2016—when they launched their first ever live show 'A Very Stupid Conversation'.

Steve Martin is one of the most well-known talent in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. He began his career on 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' (1967­–1969) for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' and NBC's 'Saturday Night Live'.

His films are widely popular and are the kind of movies that are viewed over and over again: 'The Jerk' (1979), 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' (1987), 'Roxanne' (1987), 'Parenthood' (1989), 'L.A. Story' (1991), 'Father of the Bride' (1991), and 'Bowfinger' (1999). Steve Martin is also an accomplished, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. In 2013, Martin released his third full-length album called 'Love Has Come For You'—a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell.

Martin Short, on the other hand, is a celebrated comedian and actor who's won fans and accolades in television, film and theatre since his breakout season on 'Saturday Night Live'. Short won his first Emmy in 1982 while working on Canada's SCTV Comedy Network—which brought him to the attention of the producers of SNL. He became an SNL fan-favourite for his portrayal of characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm and "legendary songwriter" Irving Cohen.

His popularity and exposure on SNL led Short to cross over quickly into feature films. He made his debut in 'Three Amigos' followed by a series of acclaimed films like 'Innerspace', 'Three Fugitives', 'Clifford', 'Pure Luck' and Tim Burton's 'Mars Attacks!'. One of Short's most memorable roles was in the remake of 'Father of the Bride' as Franck the wedding planner, a role he reprised a few years later in 'Father of the Bride Part II'.

Short lent his voice to the animated film 'Madagascar 3' and Tim Burton's Oscar-nominated 'Frankenweenie'. An accomplished stage actor, Short won a Tony, Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role in the revival of 'Little Me'. He was also nominated for a Tony and took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical version of Neil Simon's 'The Goodbye Girl'.

Grab your tickets fast and let Steve Martin & Martin Short entertain you with their hilarious back-to-back comedy this November!