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Comedy legend Steve Martin gets serious about bullying, Selena Gomez and his upcoming benefit event

Jon Bream, Star Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

Don't expect Steve Martin to give away any secrets about himself or his popular Hulu whodunit "Only Murders in the Building," which wrapped its season Tuesday.

But he'll gladly tell you about his co-star and BFF Martin Short, their new third amiga Selena Gomez and his participation in next month's Minneapolis' PACER Center Gala, which will be an online event again this year.

Let's start with Short, the veteran of "SCTV" and "Saturday Night Live." He is not really like his Mr. Showbiz stage persona.

"It's all his comic persona that he's been good at doing for a very, very long time. Sort of the show business enthusiast," said Martin, who met Short in 1986 when they co-starred in "Three Amigos" with Chevy Chase.

"We both play egotistical pretty well. He's not egotistical offstage in the least."

Is Martin?

 

"I don't think so," said the comedian, playwright, author, musician, screenwriter, actor and art collector.

Martin is a straight shooter. At least in interviews. Or one-on-one interviews. If he has a foil to bounce off, his banter almost becomes one-upmanship.

Martin's humor works even better with a third wheel on "Only Murders in the Building," even though Gomez, at 29, is more than 40 years younger than her cohorts (Martin is 76, Short 71).

The series follows a trio of lonely misfits creating a true-crime podcast as they try to solve a murder in their stately New York City apartment building.

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