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Steve Martin and Martin Short perform music and comedy at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Dec. 16

Steve Martin and Martin Short perform music and comedy at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Dec. 16
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From a press release:

It was announced today that award-winning comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will reunite on stage for “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.

The show includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers, and conversations about their iconic careers, creative influences, and most memorable encounters. Martin and Short will be joined by the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band Steve Martin frequently performs with.

Tickets, which are $69.50, $89.50, and $150, go on sale this Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Steve Martin began his career on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967-1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety, or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and made appearances on HBO’s “On Location” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Martin’s widely popular films include “The Jerk” (1979), “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987), “Roxanne” (1987), “Parenthood” (1989), “L.A. Story” (1991), “Father of the Bride” (1991), and “Bowfinger” (1999).

Martin Short, a celebrated comedian and actor, has won fans and accolades in television, film, and theater since his breakout season on “Saturday Night Live” almost 30 years ago. He became a fan favorite for his portrayal of characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm, and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen. His popularity and exposure on “SNL” led Short to cross over quickly into feature films. He made his debut in “Three Amigos” (1986) with Steve Martin, followed by roles in “Inner Space” (1987), “Three Fugitives” (1989), “Pure Luck” (1991), “Father of the Bride” (1991), “Clifford” (1994), “Father of the Bride II” (1995), Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks” (1996), “Madagascar 3” (2012), and “Frankenweenie” (2012).

Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers unveiled their latest album, “Radio,” in 2015, a project that further illustrates the band’s dynamic songwriting, instrumental virtuosity, and high-energy performance. Members Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle), and Mike Ashworth (box kit) are also known for collaborations with actor, comedian, and respected banjo player Steve Martin and esteemed singer/songwriter Edie Brickell. “Radio” was produced by 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (John Oates, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury Band) and recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville, North Carolina. Their ninth album’s 12 all-original bluegrass/Americana tracks were written by Sharp, Humphrey, Platt, and Guggino in varying degrees, including a few co-writes with fellow musicians such as Phil Barker of the Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain.

“Radio” follows Steep Canyon Rangers’ 2013 release “Tell the Ones I Love,” which Bluegrass Today praised as “a great mixture of today’s bluegrass styles, excellent harmonies, and a few surprises… an excellent album.” Their new collaboration with Martin, “The Long-Awaited Album,” was just released on Sept. 22.