One in a series of evenings and special screenings presented as part of The Museum of Television & Radio's William S. Paley Television Festival in Los Angeles. Held this year at the Directors Guild of America Theatre Complex, the festival celebrates the excellence and diversity of American television and is dedicated to television's creative community. This evening honors Martin Short and his career as a writer, performer, comedian, singer, and actor. Museum president Robert M. Batscha opens the program, welcoming the audience and introducing Short. Short takes the stage to introduce a clip reel of career highlights with a self-deprecating speech, declaring, "There's nothing more fun than someone who's six, seven years past his prime talking about how he works." The nearly hour-long clip reel includes clips from 1994's "The Martin Short Show"; a musical performance from "Everything Goes" in 1974; the situation comedy "The Associates" from 1979; highlights of the 1982 season of "SCTV" that include Short's impersonations of Dustin Hoffman, Mr. Rogers, and Jerry Lewis; a short film from "Saturday Night Live" in 1984 about a pair of synchronized-swimming brothers; another "SNL" episode in which Short impersonates magician Doug Henning; the 1988 animated cartoon "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley"; "Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas" in 1985; "I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood" from 1989; 1995's "The Show Formerly Known as The Martin Short Show"; appearances on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and "Late Night" with David Letterman; acting roles in the television movies "Merlin" and "Alice in Wonderland"; and Short's most recent series, "Primetime Glick." After the highlight reel, Batscha asks Short to discuss the production of "Primetime Glick," a mock talk show featuring interviews between celebrities and a boorish and swollen character named Jiminy Glick, played by Short. Short explains that his crew tapes extensive improvised interviews, then edits them down to the highlights; he adds an anecdote about one unnamed celebrity who was offended by the program's conceit and walked out in the middle of an interview. Batscha then asks Short to discuss his tenure on the sketch-comedy program "SCTV"; Short calls his work on the show "the purest fun [he] ever had in [his] career." Batscha opens the floor to questions, and a man who identifies himself as the father of current "Saturday Night Live" player Chris Kattan asks Short to relate an anecdote about meeting Jerry Lewis; Short recalls the funny meeting between the two. Short then discusses the history of some of his more popular characters. Ed Grimley, for example, was based on an eccentric high school friend, he explains. He states that he gets most of his material from real life. Short then reflects on the early phases of his career, where he was known more for his singing than his comedy. He tells a story about being forced to follow Tony Bennett at a nerve-wracking singing engagement. After an audience member asks whether she can give Short a hug, the performer talks about working with Harry Shearer and John Candy.


  • DATE: February 27, 2002 Wednesdasy 7:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:52:14
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:69355
  • GENRE: Seminars


    • Robert M. Batscha … Host
    • Martin Short … Guest
    • Tony Bennett
    • John Candy
    • Johnny Carson
    • Doug Henning
    • Dustin Hoffman
    • Chris Kattan
    • David Letterman
    • Jerry Lewis
    • Fred Rogers
    • Harry Shearer