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Monday, November 15, 2004

Cinematheque roast

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Steve Martin Roasted at Beverly Hills Bash
Mon Nov 15, 2004 03:07 AM ET
By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In a freewheeling ceremony with a high laugh quotient, Steve Martin was honored during film promotion group American Cinematheque's 19th annual fundraiser Friday at the Beverly Hilton .

Martin was lauded and roasted by a lineup of his fellow comedians, who filled the ballroom with zingers and one-liners, all while paying tribute to Martin's skills as an actor, screenwriter, novelist, essayist, philosopher and, in one of the night's running gags, banjo player.

"Steve was that little boy in 'Deliverance' who played the banjo," Robin Williams said. A friend of Martin's since their days in stand-up comedy in the 1970s and his co-star in a Lincoln Center production of "Waiting for Godot," Williams reminded the crowd that in his early stand-up days, Martin frequently performed with a banjo.

Martin Short, who worked with Martin on "Saturday Night Live" and on such films as "Three Amigos" and the two "Father of the Bride" movies, testified, "Steve's body of work is remarkable. I know that because earlier this evening, Steve turned to me and said, 'Isn't my body of work remarkable?' "

Joked Jon Lovitz, "I first worked with Steve Martin on 'The Three Amigos,' also starring Chevy Chase, and the very gay Martin Short. I was surrounded by all these legends of comedy, and I felt guilty having a favorite, because you were all so funny. But hey, it was Chevy."

The night was filled with clips of Martin's movies, divided into such themes as physical comedy, dancing, writing, sex and romance and drama.

Actress Rita Wilson introduced the "family guy" clips, remarking, "It's surprising that Steve, who has no children, has become one of the big screen fathers of all time."

Eugene Levy, Dana Delaney, Kevin Nealon, Carl Reiner, Bonnie Hunt and Claire Danes took to the stage to lovingly poke fun at Martin.

Finally, Martin's turn on stage came, as he accepted the award from his "Parenthood" director Ron Howard and frequent producer Brian Grazer.

"There are so many familiar faces in the audience, people I've worked with, people I haven't seen in years, and I just thought ... why can't we wear name tags?" Martin joked.

The tribute will air Jan. 23 on AMC.


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