Twist: They're not each other's best friend

By Christopher Rosen
March 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM EDT

Steve Martin and Stephen Colbert are not best friends, but they still sang a song about that relationship during Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Martin, playing the banjo, and Colbert performed an original song about two best friend sitting in a forest (where they were seated), but the lyrics took a turn after Martin revealed he was actually singing about a man named Gary. Colbert thought they were singing about each other.

“Who’s Gary?” Colbert asked.

“He’s my best friend. I’ve been singing about him this whole time, just like you’ve been singing about your best friend Steve,” Martin responded. It soon dawned on Martin that Colbert considered him a best friend. “I’m sorry, Stephen, we’re just not friends. We met twice.”

Told by Colbert they had actually met three times, Martin added, “TV friends is not real friends.” He called Colbert an acquaintance as the crowd let out a collective aww.

Moments later, after Colbert showed that he had an autographed photo of Martin in his office, the comedian got real. “You know what? That’s just sad. Stephen, actual friends don’t sign autographs for each other,” Martin said. “That’s why I’m going to get your autograph later.”

Watch the song below, where both men come to an agreement… on Gary.

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