What does it feel like to have a famous name?

I am a famous name nobody. I have been getting Steve Martin jokes almost every time I introduce myself for the past 40 years. When I introduce myself, I pause instinctively for the joke. It gets awkward when it doesn’t come. Some people don’t figure it out right away and make the joke in the middle of the conversation. Another awkward moment.

In college, I was making a collect call to my parents, when I told the operator my name is Steve Martin, she said, “Is your name really Steve Martin?” “Yes,”I replied. She then asked, “Have you seen your movie, The Jerk?” She kept talking about that movie while the phone was ringing. My mother picks up the the other end and says, “Hello? hello? hello?” and the operator is still talking about the movie.

Another time in college, I was talking to my friend who was named Bill Murray. Someone walks up behind us and yells, “Hey everyone! It’s the cast of Saturday Night Live.”

No, I wasn’t named after him. I was born before he was famous.

On the positive side, for Halloween, I only have to wear an arrow through my head.

Oh, and by the way, my birthday is 9/11.

©2016 Stephen L. Martin

2 thoughts on “What does it feel like to have a famous name?

  1. Steve,

    I bet your a wild and crazy guy who knows what his special purpose is.

    I think your lucky to have someone blaze a trail for you and now all you need to do is walk down the easy road.


    1. That’s an interesting spin. In my experience, people expect me to be funny and they are disappointed when I am not. They always say things like,”don’t you wish you had his money?” It gets old really fast.

      Some people never get to know the real me, because they are so fascinated by my name.

      Want to trade places? No wait. That’s Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.

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