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Steve Martin Tributes, Spoofs Michael Jackson

29 June 2009 11:29 PM, PDT | | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Among the many tributes to Michael Jackson we've seen over the past few days, one that might be unexpected is an essay by Steve Martin. They don't seem to have much in common, although both are Grammy winners and tremendous live performers. But Martin did have something to say on the passing of Jackson, which was published today at the online home of The New Yorker.

Martin recollects a Jackson spoof he performed on TV, one which I vaguely remembered even while watching it a few moments ago. Lorne Michaels launched another sketch comedy show in the 1980s called The New Show. It only lasted a few weeks. But the show was christened in January 1984 by Martin emulating Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Perhaps a reason the show only lasted five weeks: "Billie Jean" was a year old in January 1984.

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