Martin Short talks '80s remakes, John Candy and 'SCTV' vs. 'SNL'
Perhaps because he’s spent great portions of his career buried in fat suits (like Jiminy Glick, above) and comically disfiguring makeup, Martin Short’s place in ha-ha history is easy to overlook. But the 62-year-old Canadian cut-up has been around more than you might realize.
From groundbreaking skit shows SCTV and Saturday Night Live to movies like Three Amigos and Father of the Bride, he not only steals scenes; he devours them. And his cavalcade of borderline creepy creations — wormy nerd Ed Grimley, corpulent celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick, chain-smoking lawyer Nathan Thurm — are YouTube evergreens.
As he brings his stageshow to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday — Glick will interview rocker Gary Puckett, by the way — Short chatted with Steve Spears and Sean Daly about topics ranging from the difference between SCTV and SNL to his late great friend John Candy.
"I adore John," Short said. John was exactly how you would love him to be. He was funny, and he was sweet, and he was a partier. And he would insist on paying every bill, even though he made the exact same money. “I’m taking that tab!” Wait a second — John doesn’t have any money, either! He was a deeply, deeply fabulous guy. He’s someone I can see walking in right now. He would always sing when he saw me. [Singing] 'Marty Short, how are youuuuu?'"
Short performs at 8 p.m. Thursday (3/29) at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets are $43-$78. Click here for details.