Steve Martin was recently quizzed by Stephen Colbert over his expertise on art, a week after the actor's discussion of his new book about the subject prompted refunds, and could not identify a painting created by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
During the "Colbert Report" interview, Martin, a 65-year-old comedian and actor who is known for films such as "Three Amigos!", could not name the artist of the 1914 watercolor, which shows a building and is titled "The Old Courtyard in Munich". He also said he did not like it.
"Well, that's good for you," Colbert said. "Because this was actually painted by Hitler."
Colbert, who plays a satirical conservative host and political commentator on his Comedy Central show, also brought out artists Frank Stella, Andres Serrano and Shepard Fairey, best known as the creator of the "Hope" image of President Barack Obama that became a symbol of his 2008 campaign. During the segment, the three painted over a portrait of Colbert, who ended up with a scribbled mustache similar to Hitler's.
Last week, a moderated interview Steve Martin gave to New York Times Magazine writer Deborah Solomon in New York in front of an audience of some 900 people was so criticized that organizers offered viewers a refund. He had appeared at the Monday event to promote his new novel, "An Object of Beauty".
During the interview, a Y representative handed Solomon a note asking her to talk more about Martin's career, prompting the audience to cheer. Martin defended Solomon, who said she was "appalled" to have their conversation publicly criticized by the Y and added that organizers did not specify how she should carry out the interview.
Check out clips from Steve Martin's appearance on "The Colbert Report".