It’s unlikely that Steve Martin will appear with an arrow through his head when he takes the stage at Town Hall Tuesday night. He will not cheer the appearance of the phone book or profess his wild-and-craziness. Instead, the actor/author/playwright/Twitterer is in town with what might be his first love (or, at least, his tied-for-first love): the banjo.
If the funnyman can make the leap to bluegrass music (and win a Grammy for it, no less!), then what other comedians should grab a guitar, sit behind a keyboard or pick up drumsticks? Here’s where we’d place some of today’s top comics within the music industry:
The quirky comedy veteran is at the top of his game right now, while still working with PG-13 (at the harshest) material. He’s like an interesting version of Coldplay.
He’s an innovator, talented in a wide spectrum of media, who broke through later in life and went from a “comic’s comic” to everybody’s favorite. He’s almost like a producer who went from making beats to being the whole show. I’m sure Dr. Dre won’t mind the comparison.
She uses explicit talk to shock, but her comedy is smarter than that description usually allows. Electroclash performance artist Peaches has a similar MO.
He’s physically imposing, slightly twisted and has a dedicated fan base. Give him a mask and a gallon or two of fake blood, and he’s ready for Gwar.
His slick demeanor and manufactured “edge” would put him right at home as the frontman for Maroon 5 when Adam Levine eventually realizes he’s grown too big for a group and splits Stefani-style.
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are at Town Hall at 8 Tuesday, 123 W. 43rd, 212-997-1003, sold out.