Even at age 67, Steve Martin can still deliver the comedy goods on cue. And, unlike the plethora of aging ex-SNLers who generate laughs via nostalgia, self-parody and sometimes pure pity (I’m looking at you, Adam Sandler), Martin’s sense of humor is just as sharp and innovative as it ever was.
On last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Martin added to his portfolio of classic late-night guest appearances. Without uttering a word, he concocted a comedic short film that saw him take the (very) long route from the Fallon green room to the stage.
On the way, he wandered through the Late Show With David Letterman stage over at the Ed Sullivan Theater — about a six-minute walk in real life. It’s jarring to see the Letterman set suddenly appear on an NBC show, but it’s a testament to the goodwill that exists between all the late-night hosts (with the exception of Jay Leno, of course, whom all the other hosts reportedly hate).
Maybe the sketch wasn’t the best way for Martin to get the word out about his new album with Edie Brickell, Love Has Come For You. Then again, maybe it was. Would any of us be talking about Martin this morning if he hasn’t gotten creative with his entrance?