The Jerk is getting an award. According to Deadline, Steve Martin will receive the prestigious AFI Lifetime Achievement Award next summer. The event will air on TNT on June 4th. Often these awards go to actors and directors (of which Martin is one), but it is a rare occasion some is recognized mainly for their work in comedy.
“Steve Martin is an American original… From a wild and crazy stand-up
comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a
multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award.” – Sir Howard Stinger, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees.
Martin is in fact the first recipient of the award to have started his career, and made a name for himself, in stand-up. He of course then went on to star in many Hollywood classics like The Jerk, The Man with Two Brains, The Three Amigos, Roxanne, Father of the Bride, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and many more. He has also taken home The Kennedy Center Honor, Grammys, and an honorary Oscar.