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This should remind us that comedians/stand-up comics should be the ONLY ones hosting award shows…..no Jane Lynches or James Francos.
No offense but if you thought this was “HILARIOUS” then you must have been in heaven watching Two and a Half Men last night.
Let me paraphrase what you just said:
No Offense but…Actually, yea, offense.
thats like saying “I dont mean to be rude but…::follows with something rude::”
Martin IS hilarious.
da truf (by the way, do you live on Planet Earf?) et al.,
I guess zingers like the one about smuggling an Oscar out in his pants is the height of hilarity for you. Excuse me while I catch my breath from laughing.
I didn’t say Steve Martin is never funny.
But this pathetic attempt at comedy is as flat as unleavened bread.
You may now return to watching reruns of the “King Tut” skit.
Really dude? Steve Martin wrote a letter to a friend. It wasn’t supposed to be a comedic masterpiece. It was funny and light-hearted.
Just because you didn’t think it was funny doesn’t mean it wasn’t funny to other people.
It’s the kind of humor that obviously does not appeal to you, higher bar. But, don’t knock it. It’s called a “sense” of humor because everyone’s sensibilities are different. I thoroughly enjoyed the letter. Steve Martin is comedic genius and 2.5 Men made me LOL several times. P.S. Your way isn’t the only way.
But…isn’t Lynch a stand up?
The New Yorker’s got nothing on Deadline…
See this is fun. so why didn’t he write something like this when he hosted the last time. Anyway I can’t wait to see what Eddie will do. Hopefully something old school in the vein of Raw and Delirious. But can he be fun without the swearing and the inappropriately…yet funny, gay and chauvinist jokes. I guess he could always do some impersonations and a song.
Well Steve, you forgot to include the reason you aren’t hosting the Oscars again this year: Because you’re not funny.
Interesting. We’ve all been under the impression that he’s been funny for about 35 years or so…one of the best, actually.
I agree as well with you. A lot of people tend to mistake “Steve Martin” for “SNL” for some reason. And in fact, if you ever get a chance to watch Steve and Alec hosting the Oscars again, it was hilarious! The critcs had their head up their assess and panned it out of habit. But they were great, and so was a lot of their material.
Just because someone is famous or on tv or has a “career” in the public eye doesn’t mean they deserve it or are capable. See: George W. Bush. Steve Martin is a hack of the first order. I’d have no problem liking him if he said he was an “actor” or a “dramatist” because that’s how he comes off. But to call him funny or a comedian is an insult to the people who can actually tell jokes.
And of course you are the final say on whose funny arent you? Wait why dont you just say what you mean. He’s old so he cant be funny.
I’m of the opinion that people like Jeremy who make these blatant statements regarding who is funny or who isn’t funny fall between the age range of narcissism and know-it-all-ness. It’s mildly frightening that guys like you (Jeremy) grow up to be comedy execs or run non-cable networks. Steve Martin was funny before you were born and will be selling dvds long after you’re gone.
“I’m of the opinion that people like Jeremy who make these blatant statements regarding who is funny or who isn’t funny fall between the age range of narcissism and know-it-all-ness.”
I guess this only applies to those who disagree with you as you go on to declare Steve Martin funny.
Actually, the people who go on to become network and studio execs are the ones who LIKE Steve Martin. That’s why Cheaper By the Dozen was made, along with anything else he’s done in the past 20 years. Anyone with a clue and a penchant for anything good and funny and well written hates Steve Martin. I don’t really have to say more here because his “filmography” speaks for itself. The guy is a joke – a better written one than he could ever write.
Eddie Murphy absolutely deserved an Oscar nomination for Bowfinger, and probably one for 48 Hrs. And Steve Martin, definitely, for All of Me.
I’ve been saying for years that when Steve Martin not winning for ALL OF ME was when I realized award shows didn’t think comedians was on par with dramatists. Any monkey can cry on cue but can anyone make you laugh on cue… I think not.
One of the quotes I can actually remember from an awards show is when Steve Martin said the execs did not mess with one word on his screenplay, and that word was on page 87
Steve Martin = True Greatness.
Steve Martin is a comedy genius. Funny, but doesn’t go over the top. I thought what he wrote was hilarious, too.
Eddie should have won for “Dream Girls.” He deserved it.
And Steve was also right about Eddie and Bowfinger. A very funny, underrated comedy – and Murphy was hilarious in it.
Not sure what to expect from Murphy but I will tune in for the first time in 4 years.
After Murphy: Jamie Foxx, Jon Stewart, Cedric The Entertainer, Robin Williams… so many to choose from. Please don’t give us another Hathaway-Franco disaster.
I never thought Murphy deserved an Oscar for anything he ever did – all he ever does in his movies that’s great is his “Eddie Murphy Laugh”, and that’s all – nothing in the emotional range of very distressed, sad, remorseful, you know, that whole other emotional spectrum besides “light, hearted” comedy.
“Distressed, sad, remorseful” – quite encompassing…..
Here is better advice. Be a GENTLEMAN. Be the person who would represent the U.S. in a sophisticated way. Be a man. Don’t fight to be so funny, no matter what you do, the writing is embarassing, always. Bruce Vilanch, Jon Macks, Dave Boone, they really don’t hold a candle to you. You will be really noticed if you appear on that stage and just be the funny man you are without the one liners. Show the huge audience the sophistication that these silly awards use to posess.
Just keep the show moving, don’t allow bad jokes, rise above it all.
Forget those “one-liners” – and comedy, you know.
Steve Martin is the Thinking Person’s Comic, talented in so many different directions.
Eddie Murphy will be great.
Larry David and Wanda Sykes together would have been great too.
It’s precisely this sort of smug, we’re-so-hip humor that has destroyed Oscar. It’s no longer a reward for excellence, it’s a show about showing off, even by ex-hosts a few years down the line.
Lame. Steve Martin, go play banjo.
I happen to love it when people disagree. It shows that everyone isn’t alike or has to be put in a box. There are people who think Steve is funny and there are people who think he’s not. That’s why we have variety when it comes to comedy.
Meh. A bit desperate to get attention.
This letter was great and useless. But…
It is amazing to me that the Oscars don’t recognize comedies. They’ll give Oscars to snoozefest dramas but they won’t acknowledge a comedy. And now cartoons can win a best picture award.
And Bowfinger was a great movie.
Love Steve Martin. Love Bowfinger… so underrated. Love the ending where the illegals are talking about Kubrick and lighting.
When was the last time Steve Martin was funny? 30 years ago?
Eddie Murphy: all he ever did is play an 80′s style tough black wise guy. Chris Rock is way funnier, and not Gay like Murphy.
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