Steve Martin

This is the year that 31-year-old Steve Martin is becoming someone other than a male Lily Tomlin or a white Richard Pryor. He's hosted both Saturday Night and the Tonight show and embarked on a national tour. Confirmed Martin freaks will probably find this, his first album (the title is a Martinism for "Let's Get Stoned"), a gas, imagining the buttoned-down, prematurely gray comedian's facial contortions as he plunks a banjo (quite well) and raps on, among other things, Las Vegas, breaking wind and Nixon. Newcomers to Martin's style may well wonder what the fuss is all about. Often the audience at San Francisco's Boarding House is howling, but the listener doesn't know why. With reason, it seems, you have to be there. (Warner, $7.98)