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Martin x 2: Steve Martin, Martin Short bringing “evening to forget” to Sacramento

Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short perform together onstage during the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton in 2017 in Los Angeles. The duo will bring their show June 29 to the Golden 1 Center.
Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short perform together onstage during the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Diane Keaton in 2017 in Los Angeles. The duo will bring their show June 29 to the Golden 1 Center. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Veteran comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short’s variety show might end with a stand-up routine, a song with an accompanying band or a highlight reel of their time making “Saturday Night Live” must-watch TV. It only promises to be nothing short of forgettable.

“Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” will drop in at Golden 1 Center on June 29, the arena announced in a tweet Tuesday. Presale tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show, which range from $60 to $250 plus fees, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday ahead of general sale the same time Friday on Ticketmaster.

Martin, 72, earned international acclaim for his comedy albums and “Saturday Night Live” guest appearances before starring in movies such as “Roxanne” and “Parenthood” in the 1980s and 1990s. He starred alongside Short in “¡Three Amigos!” and “Father of the Bride,” and ranked sixth on Comedy Central’s 2004 list of the 100 greatest stand-up comics.

Another SNL alumnus, Short’s “Jiminy Glick” character got its own spin-off show on Comedy Central at the turn of the century. His list of hits spans from “Innerspace” in 1987 to “Frankenweenie” this decade, and he took home the 1999 Tony Award for best performance by a leading actor for his role in the Neil Simon play “Little Me.”

At some point during the show, Martin will likely pick up his banjo and join North Carolina bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers, which is also scheduled to play concerts in Olympic Valley on April 6 and 7, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” keyboardist Jeff Babko.

Short, 67, and Martin began touring together in 2016 after years away from stand-up comedy. They light-heartedly rip on each other throughout the shows, which include old video clips and photos from their heydays as well as Hollywood insider stories.

“Hanging out with Steve is a lot like the movie ‘Deliverance,’ ” Short said during a St. Louis performance last July. “It’s all fun and games until the banjos come out.”

“You know what I like about touring with Marty?” Martin asked in the same show. “No paparazzi.”

George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Eddie Griffin announced an April 26 comedy show at Golden 1 Center earlier this month. Comedian Jeff Dunham performs at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, and Kevin Hart returns for his first appearance at the new arena in November.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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