Steve Martin wants to join the Friars Club — and he already has a sponsor.
Martin and his pal Martin Short, who is already a Friar, spent last week in the club’s Midtown townhouse working on new material for their show “An Evening you’ll forget for the Rest of your Life.” Surrounded by photos of Friars including Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Lewis, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg, Martin asked how he could join the club.
Steve Martin and Martin Short holed up at The Friars Club to write jokes.
“Steve Martin had a great time and said he’s not a member and he really wants to be,” according to one clubber.
“The Jerk” star was told he had to be nominated by a member, seconded by another, then approved by the board. That’s when Short said he would gladly vouch for his friend and writing partner. We’re also told that Alan Zweibel, who was one of the original writers on “Saturday Night Live,” has been in touch with the Friars Club about seconding Martin’s nomination. The pair worked together on Martin’s 1981 NBC special Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever.” We’re told that Martin is a shoo-in and his induction would likely come sooner than later.
Steve Martin and Martin Short perform at the 2017 American Film Institute’s 45th Life Achievement Award Gala in Hollywood.
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Martin is quite familiar with the Friars Club headquarters all of a sudden. Along with Short and four other writers, the 72-year-old living legend reserved the Ed Sullivan Room on the second floor of the 55th Street club last week and — behind closed doors — cranked out jokes that will be used when their show hits the Beacon Theatre on May 4.
The Friars Club is already reaping the benefits of having Martin around. When he and Short weren’t writing, they hung-out in the club’s dining room mingling with guests and having a ball, we’re told. Though it seemed Short was new to the venue’s lunchtime scene. He asked one of the managers if it’d be a problem that he didn’t have a sports coat, which is required for evening dining. He was assured that it wouldn’t be an issue.
With Brian Niemietz