Steve Martin and Martin Short keep the Colosseum in laughter

Four stars

Steve & Martin & Martin Short July 23, the Colosseum.

It’s not fair. They make it look too simple. That’s how it chooses funny legends Steve Martin and Martin Short, who don’t appear to have to try really tough to obtain a near-capacity Colosseum audience to laugh at every single joke.

That holds true despite the fact that lots of jokes are about why they don’t really have to be playing Vegas. “I call this program, ‘If we saved, we would not be here,'” reveals Short. (Actually, the huge majority of jokes were at each other’s expenditure, aka “Hollywood compliments.” Short says to Martin: “I look at your work, and I’m whelmed.” Martin states to Brief: “I consider you as a renaissance man, and by that I indicate you carry smallpox.”)

However simple and easy amusing is a technique. It’s why they’re both fantastic. There’s a lot of energy on phase for this program, which returns to Caesars Palace August 25 and October 29 and ideally again after that. Short, obviously, is manic and sweaty, culminating in his naked bodysuit-clad efficiency of “Stepbrother to Jesus” from his Fame Becomes Me musical, which is absolutely nothing except hilarious. Martin conserves his effort for banjo jams with the Steep Canyon Rangers and completely timed punchlines to cover fast anecdotes. His wacky story about conference Elvis (and his guns) in Las Vegas (“Boy, you have an oblique funny bone”) brought the house down, but a couple of lines about his mother’s failing memory was simply as amusing and certainly more relatable. When mom inquires about her husband–“Where’s Glenn?”– and her child explains that daddy died three years ago, she fires back, “Well, that explains a lot.”

Martin and Short invest a lot of time on stage together and apart, and in spite of their excellent chemistry and contrasting styles, the show doesn’t dip when just one is performing. Audience members turn up for a quick 3 Amigos shoutout, Short does a human bagpipe bit, and Martin pretends to be a puppeteer so Brief can do his Jiminy Glick character. It’s almost 2 hours of effortless enjoyable for all.

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