Steve Martin and Martin Short Talk State of Comedy, Refining Their Live Show for Netflix and Thirty Years of Friendship

Steve Martin and Martin Short may have promised “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” in a tongue-in-cheek expectation management effort, but the longtime friends’ Netflix special proved particularly memorable to Emmy voters, who — much to the surprise of the comedy icons — bestowed it with four nominations.

The quartet of nods — for variety special (pre-recorded), variety special writing, music & lyrics, all for Martin and Short, and variety special directing for helmer Marcus Raboy — is a pleasing validation for the duo, both of whom claimed Emmys early in the TV-centric portions of their careers: Martin as part of the taboo-smashing writing staff of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1969; Short as one of the all-star writers on “SCTV” in 1983.

For Martin and Short — who famously became close while shooting the 1986 film “Three Amigos” and subsequently shared the screen in two “Father of the Bride” films — the Emmy nods for the special (taped during one of the many live performances they staged across the country over the past several years) weren’t a pointed bid to re-prove their relevance amid of-the-moment comedy stars, but rather a happy side effect of a public showcase celebrating their three-decade-plus friendship and exploring their unique comedic chemistry.


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