Steve Martin exhibit to be featured in OKC

Posted at 3:57 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 16:57:21-05

OKLAHOMA CITY – “I get paid for doinnnnnng this.”

Over the years comedian Steve Martin has tickled the funny bone of many audiences but not many have known that he also has a musical side.

Martin’s private collection of banjos will be featured at the “The Banjo World of Steve Martin” exhibit in Oklahoma City.

Starting February 15 at the American Banjo Museum in Bricktown, this exhibit will highlight how Martin used his musical talent in many of his performances over the years.

“Steve Martin is unquestionably the most influential recent figure in making the banjo not only acceptable, but a welcome and in demand instrument in American popular music culture,” said Johnny Baier, executive director of the American Banjo Museum. “His recordings, concerts and televised appearances - including the annual presentation of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, have exposed millions of people to the banjo in the most positive and musical manner possible.”

In addition to his personal collection of banjos, the exhibit will include rare photos and memorabilia as well as an exclusive interview with the “wild and crazy guy” himself.