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High-priced Steve Martin, Martin Short comedy show? Canceled in Boise

Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short along with Martin’s band, Steep Canyon Rangers, were slated to perform Oct. 21 in Boise.
Steve Martin, left, and Martin Short along with Martin’s band, Steep Canyon Rangers, were slated to perform Oct. 21 in Boise.

A Steve Martin and Martin Short concert that set the city abuzz about high ticket prices this summer has been canceled.

Here’s the word this afternoon on the Morrison Center’s Facebook page: “Steve Martin and Martin Short, originally scheduled to perform Friday, October 21st at the Morrison Center, regretfully announce the show will be cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Full refunds will be processed automatically to the credit card used for purchase. There is no need to return the tickets. Credits typically take 7-10 business days to post, depending upon the card issuer's policy.”

What type of scheduling conflicts caused this? It’s a mystery. The promoter, CMoore Live, says that’s all the information available — but also that the cancellation was not because of ticket sales.

Last time I checked, tickets were still available for the show, which cost $125, $175, $195 and $350 plus fees. The Morrison Center was one of the smaller venues on the tour, and the ticket prices were “scaled to make the economics work,” Chris Moore of CMoore Live explained in August.

Maybe Steve Martin forgot that he had a prior commitment teaching private banjo lessons Oct. 21? Whatever the case, as of this writing, the comedy duo’s Oct. 20 show in Spokane is still happening, and the dates immediately after Boise — Oct. 28 and 29 in Philadelphia — remain a go.

It’s worth noting that media phone interviews Tuesday and Wednesday with Martin Short also were abruptly “postponed” this week for the same reason: scheduling conflict.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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