Given Steve Martin’s banjo-playing sensibilities, his AFI Life Achievement ceremony on June 4 had to feature a musical component. Martin Short and Diane Keaton each did their own version of Martin’s “Friend of Mine,” but that was much, much later in the evening (and in between some good roasting).
Jack Black set the tone for the evening by tuning up the audience. As the drum corps rolled out, the crowd stood to honor America. Well, that’s what they thought was going to happen.
Black teased singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but then chose a different, more apropos tune: “The Thermos Song,” the bathtub ballad that Navin sings to Marie and his dog, S–thead. More clothes and fewer suds were in Black’s performance, which you can watch above.
The ceremony will air June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. TCM will also show the ceremony on July 30 at 8 p.m. ET in the midst of a Martin marathon.