HOLLYWOOD — If Friday’s American Cinematheque dinner offered one lesson for other fundraisers, it’s this: Honor more comedians.
By celebrating Steve Martin, the Cinematheque had reason to put some truly funny material on display. And not just clips: The evening kicked off with a complete showing of Martin’s hilarious 1977 Oscar-nominated short film “The Absent-Minded Waiter.”
The evening then segued into a career retrospective intro’d by the likes of Robin Williams and Martin Short.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer made the award presentation to Martin, who said it was especially special because, “When I was a kid, we’d dress up and play American Cinematheque award.”
Martin ended by saying: “I accept this award not so much for myself, but for all millionaire comedians.”
On hand were the Cinematheque’s chairman Rick Nicita; prexy Henry Shields Jr. and director Barbara Smith. Dinner chairs attending included Dick Cook, Ashok Amritraj, Daily Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart, Ed Limato, Alex Yemenidjian and Chris McGurk.