Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Racial Justice | Election 2020

Podcast Episode 88: Wild And Crazy Steve Martin Gets Serious About Comedy

Steve Martin during his interview at the Old Globe Theatre. Aug. 2, 2016.

Photo by Kris Arciaga

Above: Steve Martin during his interview at the Old Globe Theatre. Aug. 2, 2016.

Episode 88: Wild And Crazy Steve Martin Gets Serious About Comedy

Steve Martin talks about the world premiere of his new play 'Meteor Shower."

Subscribe to the Cinema Junkie podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher.


Steve Martin has gone from being a wild and crazy stand-up comic to a playwright who takes his comedy very seriously.

Over at the Old Globe Theatre is a bit like the Steve Martin appreciation society. Artistic director Barry Edelstein wants the actor and playwright to look at the Globe as his home, where anything he writes will be more than welcome. That's why it will be staging the second world premiere of Martin's work in just two years. The first was a musical Martin created with Edie Brickell, "Bright Star." The latest is the comedy "Meteor Shower."

"Meteor Shower" serves up a kind of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" but with a "Twilight Zone" twist. It concerns two couples, a dinner party, some alcohol and a meteor shower that produces unexpected results.

The play reveals a lot about what Martin is currently interested in as an artist, and in some ways it is a long way from where he started as that "wild and crazy guy" with an arrow through his head and playing banjo or doing bad magic tricks.

For this podcast, I speak with Barry Edelstein and "Meteor Shower" director Gordon Edelstein (no relation to Barry), who both heap praise on Martin. Then I conclude with an interview with Martin himself. Since the show is essentially sold out (you may score a ticket if someone returns theirs), this could be your only chance to get a taste of the show during its current run.


San Diego News Matters podcast branding

KPBS' daily news podcast covering local politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings so you can listen on your morning commute.

  • Your curated weekly guide to local arts and culture in San Diego, from Arts Calendar Editor Julia Dixon Evans, delivered to your inbox every Thursday afternoon.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.