It was quite a night at the Chicago Theatre for these banjo enthusiasts.
Steve Martin rotated his five different banjos throughout the show and teased Graham Sharp, the Steep Canyon Rangers banjo player, for only having one banjo. The Steep Canyon Rangers bandleader Woody Platt had a family issue and had to be replaced by Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers, who apparently had only a couple of hours to prepare, but did an amazing job. (We can't wait until we actually get an opportunity to see the Punch Brothers perform on their own!) As Steve Martin joked, "You can spot him, because he's the only member of the band laughing at the jokes." We laughed at that, as well as all the other jokes incorporated into the evening. And I'm pretty sure there were some spontaneous zingers, because I certainly spotted some laughs from the rest of the band too.
Steve Martin discussed the fact that although he has been playing the banjo for 50 years, he has only been performing publicly for the last four. He revealed that he had recently gotten the chance to see Eric Clapton perform and realized the two of them could not compare. This produced a collective sympathetic gasp from the audience. But then he said, "He wasn't funny at all."