Steve Martin & Martin Short: "The Dukes of Funnytown!"
Tilles Center Gala | Saturday, October 19

Benefiting Tilles Center's mission as a non-profit organization to inspire, engage and educate the Long Island community through arts performance, education and advocacy


Saturday, October 19, 2024
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception, Goldsmith Atrium
6:30 pm Dinner, Goldsmith Atrium
8:30 pm Performance, Tilles Center Concert Hall

For sponsorship and registration inquiries, or to purchase gala tickets by phone or email, contact Erin Bevan, Advancement Coordinator, or 516.299.3825. Tilles Center is a non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

About the Show


Steve Martin and Martin Short’s “The Dukes of Funnytown!” is a show that redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century. Their humor is often subversive, but it is always a joyous self-deprecating romp from two comedy masters driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. The jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punch lines as they mock Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity, but the comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other. Martin and Short’s chemistry and timing on stage reflects a friendship forged over three decades which developed when they met for the first time on the set of the 1986 film “Three Amigos.” These two titans of comedy have been touring together since 2015, when they launched their first live show entitled “A Very Stupid Conversation.”

Proceeds from Tilles Center's Gala Underwrite its Mission

Proceeds from Tilles Center's Gala help underwrite its enduring mission to inspire, engage and educate the Long Island community through arts performance, education and advocacy. Tilles Center, a non-profit organization, is committed to presenting the world’s finest artists across all genres including music, dance, comedy and theater. We seek to explore innovation within the disciplines and are committed to a perspective that is inclusive and equitable. We believe that the performing arts are uniquely capable of fostering communication and understanding among people, supporting social and emotional health, and demonstrating the highest potential for human achievement.

In addition to presenting world-class performances, Tilles Center proudly supports tens of thousands of children and adult learners each year through its meaningful and impactful arts education programs. The focus is on providing arts experiences to underserved communities — from low-income school districts and those on the autism spectrum to local seniors. 

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With Gratitude to Past Honorees

Anne D. Shybunko-Moore, GSE Dynamics, featuring John Legend, 2023

Dr. Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Catholic Health, featuring Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren, 2022

George and Gillis Poll, Poll Restaurants, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, 2019

Steven and Michael Dubb, The Beechwood Organization, featuring Diana Ross, 2018

In Memory of Gerald Monter, featuring Smokey Robinson, 2017

Lisa and Robert Arning, KMPG, featuring Brian d'Arcy James and Megan Hilty, 2016

Chris and Jack Bransfield and Elliot Sroka, featuring Kristen Chenoweth with the Concert Pops of Long Island, 2015

Michael T. Keenan, Wells Fargo, featuring Jay Leno and Rockapella, 2014

Robert Goldberg and Norman Schefer, Fay J. Lindner Foundation, featuring Diana Krall, 2013

Leslie Nylund, featuring Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn, 2012

Eric Krasnoff, featuring Idina Menzel with Tilles Center Gala Orchestra, 2011

Lynn A. Pike, featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, 2010

ProHEALTH Care Associates, LLP, featuring Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell, 2009

Joseph R. Ficalora, featuring Liza Minnelli, 2007

Hon. Sol Wachtler, featuring The Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra and American Ballet Theatre, 2006

Roger Tilles, featuring Bernadette Peters and the Long Island Philharmonic, 2005

Gerald Monter, featuring Art Garfunkel with the Long Island Philharmonic, 2004

Robert M. Wallach, featuring Michael Feinstein and Jane Monheit, 2003

George L. Engelke, Jr., featuring Mandy Patinkin, 2002

The Albanese Family, featuring Tony Bennett and the Ralph Sharon Quartet, 2001

Tita and Joseph Monti, featuring Itzhak Perlman and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, 2000

Frank and Rita Castagna, featuring Betty Buckley, 1999

Robert B. Catell, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 1998

Donald Rechler, featuring Marvin Hamlisch, 1997

Steven A. Klar and The Klar Organization, featuring The Boston Pops Orchestra, 1996

John Adam Kanas, featuring James Taylor with the Long Island Philharmonic, 1995

Arthur Walbaum, featuring The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, 1994

Thomas A. Doherty, featuring Orchestra of St. Luke's, 1993

Don Felipe de Bourbon, Prince of Asturias, featuring National Orchestra of Spain, 1992

Abraham Krasnoff, featuring The New York Pops, 1991   

Kitty Carlisle Hart, featuring Itzhak Perlman, 1985

Patrice Munsel and Cliff Robertson, featuring “Good Evening Angels” with Dick Cavett, Helen Gallagher, Larry Kert and Jane Powell, 1984

Arlene Dahl and Anthony Drezel, featuring Benny Goodman and his Sextet, 1982