One of the best things about Just For Laughs is that even though it is the 28th year, the gala still retains an air of unpredictability. This year the Montreal festival had one of the biggest surprises when comedy legend Steve Martin made a “return” to stand up of sorts hosting the gala.
Martin, who is 64 years young, has been retired from stand up for close to thirty years and has spent the last couple of years playing banjo with the bluegrass/country group Steep Mountain Rangers.
If there is any doubt as to whether Martin can pull off hosting duties, keep in mind this man hosted The Academy Awards three times and has played sold out stadiums doing stand-up.
Not needing to do the traditional assortment of wacky bits the MC usually performs, Martin performed a song with his band titled “Atheist’s Don’t Have No Songs”, played some audio from a phone conversation from him and his wife (to avoid getting Mel Gibson-ed), and performed his classic song “King Tut” (granted it was without the costume).
To add to the night of surprises Dane Cook flew out to do a surprise set in honor of his idol. Say what you want about Cook but he works his butt off, has a lot of respect towards his elders in comedy, and still manages to deliver some funny lines like “People say to me, Dane, why don’t you come up and do the festival more often? Because the sets are fucking ugly!”
Via [Comic’s Comic]