It's a good thing they had Friday to run through it, but this Steve Martin-Martin Short thing might work -- and you gotta give Short a boatload of credit.
Billed as "A Very Stupid Conversation" a Friday night show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for VIPs proved to be more of a variety show, and that's not a bad thing. The pair perform Saturday night in earnest in Hollywood. Ticket info is below.
If Saturday matches Friday, don't expect the first few minutes to be very funny. Martin and Short trade prepared lines (not many laughs there), reference their movie "The Three Amigos," which they co-starred in (entertaining and a little funny), then sit down in chairs to interview each other (which is interesting, if not really that funny). The interview portion, especially, was the heartbeat of their 2011 show by the same name -- which led to this launching.
My take is that the Friday show then took off when Martin leaves and Short does a solo bit. That's surprising to me, because I've never really found Short that funny. But Short, who has won a Tony award, is almost perfect for the stage. I'm going out of my way not to spill his bits here, but I thought he was really good.
Martin's turn was more about banjo playing, which was also entertaining, and his funniest bit is a recorded scene from a TV performance that's played on the big screens.
Then we get them together, and Short's Jeremy Glick character takes center stage and kills it.
A Very Stupid Conversation with Steve Martin and Martin Short
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
Contact: 954-797-5531 or MyHRL.com