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Uke Republic
04-22-2013, 10:26 AM
Sure Steve Martin may be known more for banjo but I bet his playing in the film The Jerk was an inspriration for many.
By the way, "I've heard of this cat juggling"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqtmXnQZ6Qk

Kimosabe
04-22-2013, 10:30 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it really Lyle Ritz who's playing?

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-22-2013, 10:34 AM
Kimosabe's got it. That's Lyle Ritz gently strumming in "The Jerk".

Uke Republic
04-22-2013, 10:38 AM
I never knew that! I cool piece of uke knowledge.
Kimosabe's got it. That's Lyle Ritz gently strumming in "The Jerk".

didgeridoo2
04-22-2013, 10:51 AM
Who's playing the trumpet? Wynton Marselis?

Dan Uke
04-22-2013, 10:56 AM
Who's playing the trumpet? Wynton Marselis?

hahaha...At least it's his voice right?

Pundabaya
04-22-2013, 11:07 AM
Steve's a pretty good banjo player, though.

OldePhart
04-22-2013, 11:50 AM
Yeah, if you watch the movie (or that YouTube clip) closely it's pretty easy to tell that he's not really playing. He is a decent musician though. I don't think I'd say "credit" is exactly the term I'd give for the ukulele appearance in that movie because it's obviously written into the script because the writers felt it would help to support the goofy and na´ve aspects of his character - not exactly a golden moment for the uke. :)

John

Gillian
04-22-2013, 11:59 AM
not exactly a golden moment for the uke.

Especially that particular (Martin) uke. At the end of the scene (not shown on this video) when Martin jumps up, that faint crunch is him stepping on the uke.

OldePhart
04-22-2013, 12:02 PM
Especially that particular (Martin) uke. At the end of the scene (not shown on this video) when Martin jumps up, that faint crunch is him stepping on the uke.

Heh, heh. I bet that was written in to support the clumsy/goofy theme, too. I wonder if he really stepped on it or if they used a sound affect...

John

sim4lin
04-22-2013, 12:08 PM
He's not playing in this one either, but at least they got a ukulele into the movie. :)


http://youtu.be/zHyWFWJV61k

beautifulsoup
04-22-2013, 06:25 PM
Heh, heh. I bet that was written in to support the clumsy/goofy theme, too. I wonder if he really stepped on it or if they used a sound affect...

John

Steve Martin talks about this starting at 4:30 in the video.



http://youtu.be/4JSJ44HKx1E

Stackabones
04-23-2013, 03:35 AM
Yes, I think Steve Martin should get more praise! I'm a fan. This is probably the first time I had ever seen the ukulele in a film. When I was a kid (and now too), I thought (and still do) that Steve Martin was (and is) cool; therefore, the ukulele, by association, is cool!

Nickie
04-23-2013, 12:24 PM
Steve is just fabulous! He deserves high praise! And so does anyone else who plays ukulele!

AndrewKuker
04-23-2013, 12:55 PM
He ordered a custom from us when I worked at Ko'olau. I finished and set it up. Forget now, I think it was a spruce mahogany deluxe tenor. Maybe all mahogany deluxe...over 10 years ago at least ..

BigSkyUkuleleGirl
04-25-2013, 08:38 AM
He is a fantastic person and muscian, I saw him with the Steep Canyon Rangers last summer and they all were very good......I have always enjoyed his comedy even tho' it's pretty stupid at times.....

And then to see him play and be stupid at the same time....well, that's talent!! :cool:

Duke Uke
04-26-2013, 06:01 AM
He ordered a custom from us when I worked at Ko'olau. I finished and set it up. Forget now, I think it was a spruce mahogany deluxe tenor. Maybe all mahogany deluxe...over 10 years ago at least ..

I think it would be awesome to have a chat with him about music, over a beer or two. It'd be even more awesome to have a jam and write a tune or two.

coolkayaker1
04-26-2013, 08:35 AM
Steve Martin's no Tiny Tim, but I guess we could throw him a bone.

UkeKiddinMe
04-26-2013, 02:43 PM
I don't know about praise for uke playing, but he deserves a ton for his comedy, his acting, and his banjo playing.
He's an excellent musician.