Steve Martin gives Oscars advice to Eddie Murphy
September 21st, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Steve Martin gives Oscars advice to Eddie Murphy

Even though Eddie Murphy didn't ask for advice on hosting the Oscars, Steve Martin is giving it anyway.

Moviefone reports that Martin has posted an open letter to fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Murphy on his site,

A hosting veteran, Martin has helmed the Academy Awards three times (solo in 2001 and 2003, and with Alec Baldwin in 2010).

In the note, the comedian advises Murphy on next year’s gig, detailing how to deal with losing nominees backstage: “Pat their backs, then shake your head sadly,” he directs. “It’s a blast!”

Martin also provides a great backup plan if Murphy’s energy runs low midway through the show: “Give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.”

And most importantly, “Remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 live bloggers rip you to shreds,” Martin jokes.

But after all the chuckles, Steve offers a heartfelt message to his successor (and “Bowfinger” co-star): “I wish you all the best on your Oscar hosting gig.” Aww.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. JR

    Dear Observer ...... Chill on the hating. Shouldn't you be over at to Rush..Sean or Glenn. You got to come over to the entertainment page on CNN to go after folks. WOW!!

    September 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Policeman

    Yes, yes Stevie, but did you talk to him about your banjo?

    September 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Evel Knievel

    Advice from one has been to another tranny chasing has been.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. .

    Sorry for posting again, but I think Steve Martin is a genuine american treasure. A true entertainer. One of the absolute best.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. .

    I sure like good ol Steve Martin. His banjo playing is incredible – he is a master at it.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rachel

    That picture looks like Steve is lettin a few drop in his undies.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    Eddie Murphy is a liberal stooge. He will fail miserably at this.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      Do you really have such a one-track mind that you see Oscars and think politics?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tracie

    I love smelling old guys butts. I work in a nursing home and sometimes I flip them over and smell their dirty diapers.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KajinPL

    Cool. Steve Martin is awesome.

    September 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

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