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SLYT: Steve Martin: Hymn for Atheists
March 28, 2011 12:11 PM   Subscribe

SLYT: Steve Martin: Hymn for Atheists via Open Culture
posted by artlung (24 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw them do this live in Seattle. Kind of fun.

Kind of a thin post, though. Here -- here's my favorite thing about Steve Martin, ever. Steve Martin accepting the Mark Twain Award, giving a very funny speech, and then playing himself offstage on the banjo. Truly a renaissance man.
posted by gurple at 12:16 PM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Totally awesome - I saw them at Bonnaroo last year and they were just about the coolest show we saw.
posted by alaijmw at 12:56 PM on March 28, 2011


Imagine there's no heaven. It's easy if you try.
posted by anotherpanacea at 1:28 PM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


I prefer these.
posted by Decani at 1:47 PM on March 28, 2011


Steve Martin really can't sing, can he? He's more of a talk-singer, isn't he? Still, if you like this, there's more on his new album, which he pimped on the Colbert Report a week or two ago.
posted by crunchland at 2:00 PM on March 28, 2011


Dude's a comedian, a novelist, a playwright, a musician, and possesses a razor wit. Definitely a renaissance man, like gurple said.

Must be fun being Steve Martin.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 2:07 PM on March 28, 2011 [4 favorites]


Well, it helps to be accompanied by Bernadette Peters, but it sounds like he does fine in Tonight You Belong To Me.
posted by artlung at 2:10 PM on March 28, 2011


Born Standing Up is a great read. He can pinpoint the exact moment he wanted to quit standup comedy to an incident on the freeway where a man spotted Martin driving and proceeded to hang halfway out of his car while crowing "I'm a wild and craaaaaazy guy!".
posted by dr_dank at 2:15 PM on March 28, 2011


Any friend of Leo's is a friend of mine. Altogether, it's enough to make me forgive him for his "Pink Panther" remakes. But just barely.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:16 PM on March 28, 2011


More talk-singing: Dentist!, King Tut (#17 hit song from 1978! -- "The ladies love his style!"), My Little Buttercup (skip to 3:03)
posted by artlung at 2:22 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, it helps to be accompanied by Bernadette Peters

Probably true for most things in life, artlung. It was certainly a dream of mine as a young adolescent.
posted by IAmBroom at 2:23 PM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Don't forget: Twitter Sensation!
posted by blue_beetle at 2:41 PM on March 28, 2011


Steve Martin belongs on the list of current national treasures.
posted by BillBishop at 2:52 PM on March 28, 2011


I'm pretty sure that Three Amigos ranks near the top of a list of the most completely unwatchable films of the late 20th century.
posted by crunchland at 3:20 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure that Three Amigos ranks near the top of a list of the most completely unwatchable films of the late 20th century.

At least they didn't use trick photography.
posted by device55 at 3:59 PM on March 28, 2011


I'm pretty sure that Three Amigos ranks near the top of a list of the most completely unwatchable films of the late 20th century.

Whoa there, pal. It's not in the rarefied strata of say, The Jerk or Roxanne, but Three Amigos still holds up as a flawed but ultimately likable dumb '80s comedy. I've come to see it as a pretty good parody/remake of Magnificent Seven, with some surprising acid-western overtones — seriously, the Invisible Swordsman and Singing Bush might as well be from El Topo.
posted by Strange Interlude at 4:19 PM on March 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


strange... i was thinking of linking UK folk-punk Frank Turner's new hymn for atheists too
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 4:35 PM on March 28, 2011


When I was in 5th or 6th grade my best friend's mom took a few of us to see the final taping of my favorite TV show at the time, The Carol Burnett Show. The guest star that evening was Steve Martin, and although we didn't know who he was, we liked him because he did a funny song about King Tut. As I've grown up, and as he's matured as an entertainer, he's always seemed to be exactly the Steve Martin I need.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:13 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


In the realm of the crunchy, I can't believe decani missed this old chestnut!
posted by pdxjmorris at 5:28 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought that Steve Martin was going to go the straight/non-humorous route with his latest gig, until I saw his set with the Steep Canyon Rangers on Austin City Limits.
posted by ZeusHumms at 5:57 PM on March 28, 2011


Our church choir actually performed this a couple of months ago! (Unitarian Universalist of course)
posted by rikschell at 6:28 PM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


I saw this on Austin City Limits and howled. This guy is too funny, and I miss his stand- up.
posted by puddinghead at 8:11 PM on March 28, 2011


I actually found it kind of pathetic to see the joy of atheism so completely and utterly dismissed.

What is more joyous? A false eternity of lies, or living in the moment, and embracing the beauty of reality? Knowing that you remain strong and independent, able to decide for yourself the best, truest, most ethical way to live your life, unbound by thousands of years of dogma.

Throwing all false dogma away makes it possible for me to not just live and love in the moment, but to live and love more, with friends and lovers and loyal partners, and deep conversation over coffee and/or tea... serious thought about and real action geared towards creating important changes in my local community, and some pretty damn hot sex, too. It's not a hollow existence, in the least.

I used to be more agnostic, in that you can't conclusively disprove the existence of a god, but really, at heart, I find atheism far more comforting and liberating. Its tragic to think of all those who are so afraid of the end of life, that they are willing to sacrifice living today, in order to vainly attempt to plea bargain and appease a lie.

There already are some great Atheist songs out there. "Imagine"... "More Than This"... "Dear God"... etc.

Oh, and we've got Eddie and Eric on our team, too.
posted by markkraft at 2:09 AM on March 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thank you for sharing the humorless atheists' point of view, markkraft. Are you also a vegan?
posted by crunchland at 4:20 AM on March 29, 2011 [6 favorites]


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