IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Martin & Short

I always manage to have an exciting time. Tonight’s Fraze Pavilion performance by comedians and film stars, Steve Martin and Martin Short exceeded “exciting.”

I had considered getting tickets to this event, the venue is a five-minute walk from my house. However, I knew I had a late shift at the park and it would probably be too much to get home by 7:00 PM and feel like moving on to a packed event with a huge crowd.

Thursday evening, Sherrie and Jim Weyrauch contacted me with two tickets. I could not pass up the opportunity to see Steve Martin, one of my all-time favorite comedians, film star, and musician. The man turned me on to Blue Grass music in 2013.

For some reason, my former student, Alex Loree, now a graduate student at Bowling Green State University, kept popping into my head. I contacted Alex thinking myself ridiculous as he’s busy up at college. Well, lo and behold, Alex was heading to Dayton for the night so he could go to The Indy 500 with his dad in the morning. At 7:30 PM, Alex, whose family has lived only a few blocks away, rounded the corner on foot, and together we strolled to The Fraze Pavilion.

Now, nine years ago, Alex’s older brother, Michael, attended the Steve Martin Blue Grass concert with me at The Fraze.

At the concert site, I got to see the following friends: (in order of appearance) Nancy Caupp, Barb O’Neill, Tom Sellars, JR Riechers, Stu & Pam Merl, and from a distance, Brody McDonald and Ben Spalding.

Two solid hours of comedy, terrific Blue Grass music, and all sorts of skits and humor. It was brilliant and so enjoyable. There were moments when I would think, “Oh, my gosh, surely they are not going to go there…” and naturally, they did.

I. Loved. It.

(Caution when listening/watching the video!)

As they would through many years of reminiscing, it occurred to me just much those two were a part of my entertainment for over forty years.

I am tired but still wound up from their madcap adventures.

Thank you, Jim and Sherrie for being so gracious with your tickets.

Thank you, Alex, for spending time with me (God, I miss you so much!).

And thank you, Steve Martin and Martin Short for an incredible evening of laughter!

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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