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Two Amigos — Steve Martin and Martin Short Turn Dallas Into Hollywood for One Hilarious Night

$1 Million Raised to Help CitySquare's Fight Against Poverty

BY // 10.08.19
photography Kristina Bowman

For CitySquare’s annual A Night to Remember, the fundraising event for the poverty fighting organization achieved its unforgettable title with glamour, goofballs and a good cause this year.

On a toasty Saturday evening at Winspear Opera House, Hamon Hall was transformed into a Hollywood backlot. Known for bringing celebrity and entertainment icons to Dallas for a good cause, this year brought two legendary funnymen, Steve Martin and Martin Short, to the stage.

As soon as sponsors and donors walked across the red carpet into a room full of tables with “Oscar” centerpieces, you could sense the excitement for the evening. Guests hands were filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as they waited to take photos in front of a Saturday Night Live backdrop and life-size vignettes of two of the three amigos.

With sombreros and a hands-on-hips pose, guests immediately filled in for Chevy Chase. Hey, even I couldn’t resist.

All of a sudden, dings signaled that the show was soon to begin and we should take our seats. Guests quickly sped through the bar line to fill little plastic tumbler cups of whatever they’ve been sipping on to take with them to theater. No one wanted to miss a minute of those two wild and crazy guys.

Before the two amigos took the stage, CitySquare CEO Larry James presented the 2019 CitySquare Community Partner Award to NBC’s Community Affairs Department. Deborah Ferguson, morning anchor, was there to accept. And after a few more remarks from CitySquare president John Siburt, the spotlight set on a concert grand piano and two arm chairs.

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Martin entered first with Short to follow, accurately defining their relationship of the quiet before the storm.

When they weren’t giving jabs at each other or Short wasn’t dressed up as a ventriloquist dummy, Martin was playing the banjo with Bluegrass talent and Punch Brothers founder Noam Pikelny. Jimmy Kimmel keyboardist Jeff Babkos was also accompanying on stage as Martin and Short did their song and dance numbers.

After almost two hours of hilarious jokes and tellings of their personal histories and friendship, the two comedians left the stage, but thankfully they weren’t ready to leave. The two lucky winners of the Meet and Greet raffle that followed were Elba and Jay Bass. Sponsors like Case and Emily Van Lare and Lynette and Nate Christensen also snapped pics with the stars.

But the real star of the evening turned out to be the $1 million in donations that were raised for the fight against poverty. Guests were delighted by the news that was presented at the After Party, which consisted of coffee, desserts and chatter about the star-studded evening.

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