August 14: A Wild And Crazy Guy

Steve Martin“Some people just have a way with words. And some people… oh… not have way.” -Steve Martin

Well, excusssse me but today is Steve Martin’s 68th birthday and I intend to celebrate it. Martin is easily one of the most unusual comedians to ever work a stage: He’s a wry and urbane joker who’s not above using silly faces and voices, a sharp meta-humorist who isn’t above wearing bunny ears, and overall a lover of absurdity, like in his famous non-conformists’ oath:

“Now let’s repeat the non-conformists’ oath: I promise to be different! (audience repeats) I promise to be unique! (audience repeats) I promise not to repeat things other people say! (audience repeats, laughs) Good!”

Of course, if you don’t know Martin’s stand up work, you’ve hopefully seen one of his fine film performances from the 1970s and 1980s or on one of his many appearances on Saturday Night Live. Martin hosted and cameoed on the show so many times in its early years that some people actually think he was part of SNL‘s original cast. On top of all that, Martin is also a musician. He had an early hit with the novelty comedy song “King Tut,” and has recently embarked on a (mostly) serious career playing the banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass group.

Hey, and what do you know, there’s a King Tut cocktail that you can enjoy while listening to Martin’s song about the boy king who “gave his life for tourism.” The King Tut Martini was created by bartender Mike Astins of Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel to tie in with the arrival of the touring exhibition The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs’ run at the Art Gallery of Ontario. When the hotel asked Astins to create the King Tut Martini, the only requirement they had was that the drink include Goldschläger to emulate the treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Astins used butter ripple liqueur to cut the sharp spicy taste of the Goldschläger, and the result is a sweet little cocktail.

The King Tut

  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Goldschläger
  • 1 ounce butter ripple liqueur

Gently shake with ice in a cocktail shaker, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a splash of cranberry juice. The hotel would garnish this drink with a gold-dusted white chocolate stick, but if you don’t have one of those lying around, it’s okay.

Tomorrow: So foul and fair a day I have not seen.



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