Steve Martin Pt. 1

  • Aired:  12/08/10
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Steve Martin puts his art knowledge to the test by choosing between Ellsworth Kelly's "Green" and a Sherwin-Williams paint swatch. (4:28)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A COMEDIAN,

MUSICIAN, NOVELIST AND ART

COLLECTOR.

I PROMISE I'LL ONLY ASK HIM

QUESTIONS ABOUT WORKING WITH

ALEC BALDWIN.

PLEASE WELCOME STEVE MARTIN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY, STEVE, NICE TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

LISTEN, THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

>> I FORGOTTEN I'D BEEN HERE

BEFORE.

SO THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE MOST

WELCOME.

I AM SORRY I HAD TO HAMMER YOU

SO HARD EARLY IN THE SHOW ON

BEING SUCH AN ARTSY FARTSY FANCY

PANTS.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Stephen: YOU DISAPPOINTED A

LOT OF PEOPLE WHO USED TO LOVE

YOU UNTIL LAST WEEK, ALL BECAUSE

OF THIS STUPID BOOK, WHICH I

HEAR IS WONDERFUL.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IT HAS PICTURES.

SO I THINK YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO

ENJOY IT.

>> Stephen: WELL, THANK YOU

VERY MUCH.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING

MY DESIRE NOT TO READ ANYTHING

YOU WOULD WRITE.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: NOW, SIR, YOU'RE

SO FANCY, YOU KNOW YOUR ART SO

WELL, WOULD YOU LIKE TO PUT YOUR

ART KNOWLEDGE TO A TEST?

>> I WOULD CERTAINLY UNDERGO

THAT FOR YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU WOULD?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I GOT A LITTLE ART QUIZ PREPARED

FOR YOU.

>> VERY GOOD.

>> Stephen: STRAP ON, BUDDY.

WE'RE GOING IN.

ALL RIGHT.

>> DID YOU SAY STRAP ON OR STRAP

IT ON?

>> Stephen: GIRD YOUR LOINS IS

WHAT I'M SAYING.

I HOPE YOU'RE WEARING A CUP.

>> GIVE ME A BOTTLE OF GIRD AND

I'LL BE HAPPY.

>> Stephen: JIM, LET'S THROW

UP THE FIRST ONE HERE.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: WHO IS THIS?

>> THAT'S BY McGREET, RENE

McGREET.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: WELL, IT SAYS

"McGREET" IN THE CORNER.

YOU JUST READ THAT.

>> IT DOES SAY THAT, BUT IT ALSO

SAYS "PIPE."

I COULD HAVE SAID IT'S A PIPE.

>> Stephen: NOW WHAT IS THIS

ABOUT?

>> THIS IS A SURREALIST WORK,

AND IN THE WORK HE'S SAYING IT'S

A... IT'S NOT A PIPE, IT'S A

PICTURE OF A PIPE.

IT'S IN FRENCH.

IT'S SAYING: THIS IS NOT A

PIPE."

>> Stephen: WHY DIDN'T HE JUST

SAY, THIS IS A PICTURE OF A

PIPE?

>> BECAUSE HE IS NOT YOU.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

LET'S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ONE

HERE.

( LAUGHTER )

HERE'S A GAME I REALLY LIKE TO

PLAY.

THIS IS WHICH IS THE ELLSWORTH

KELLY AND WHICH IS JUST A PAINT

SWATCH?

( LAUGHTER )

ONE OF THESE IS ELLSWORTH

KELLY'S "GREEN" FROM I BELIEVE

1951, AND ONE IS A SHERMAN

WILLIAMS PAINT SWATCH.

( LAUGHTER )

>> ALL RIGHT.

WHAT IS THE DATE OF THE PAINT

SWATCH?

THAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

>> Stephen: 2006.

>> AND THE ELLSWORTH KELLY IS

WHAT?

>> Stephen: 1951.

>> I WOULD SAY THE ELLSWORTH

KELLY IS ON THE LEFT.

>> Stephen: IT IS ON THE

RIGHT.

>> IT IS?

>> Stephen: IT IS ON THE

RIGHT.

>> OKAY.

I'LL TAKE MY BOOK AND I'M GOING

TO GO.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: ACTUALLY I THINK

YOU JUST MADE THAT PAINT SWATCH

WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S GO TO THE NEXT ONE.

CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS FAMOUS

EUROPEAN PAINTER?

FAMOUS.

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS EUROPEAN

PAINTERS.

>> PAINTER.

FIRST OF ALL, IT'S A WATER

COLOR.

>> Stephen: I DON'T CARE.

( LAUGHTER )

OKAY.

>> BUT NO, I CANNOT IDENTIFY

THAT ARTIST.

>> Stephen: DO YOU LIKE THIS?

>> I DON'T REALLY LIKE THAT.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T?

THAT'S GOOD BECAUSE THIS WAS

PAINTED BY HITLER.

THIS WAS AN ACTUAL PAINTING BY

ADOLF HITLER.

>> GEE, NOW I'M CHANGING MY

MIND.

YES.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

WHAT IS... LET'S GO ON TO THIS

NEXT ONE.

WHO IS THIS BY?

>> THAT WOULD BE BY JACKSON

POLLOCK.

>> Stephen: NO, THIS IS BY MY

THREE-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW.

>> WELL, MAY I SAY THAT HE'S

QUITE GOOD.

QUITE GOOD.

>> Stephen: YOU CLEARLY KNOW

YOUR STUFF.

YOU CLEARLY KNOW A VALUABLE

PIECE OF ART WHEN YOU SEE IT.

I HAVE A PIECE OF ART I'D LIKE

TO INTEREST YOU IN BUYING.

YOU'RE A COLLECTOR, AREN'T YOU?

>> YES, I AM, A BIT.

>> Stephen: WHEN WE COME BACK,

WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR OPINION OF A

PIECE OF ART I WOULD LIKE TO

UNLOAD ON YOU?

>> IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE GOING

TO RETURN?

>> Stephen: YES.

YOU AGREED TO MORE THAN FOUR

MINUTES.