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Monday, December 17, 2012

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Martin Short Is Great

In "reasons to be happy" news, Vanity Fair has a long and goofy piece about the niceness and talent-edness of Hollywood's shortest Canadian treasure:

[Larry] David added, “And I’ve never heard a bad word said about him. That’s a hard thing for a comedian to pull off.” Steve Martin, another of Short’s high-achieving friends, made the same observation. “What’s interesting,” he said, “is that Marty is not driven to be funny. It’s not competitive or needy or desperate.” Martin noted that Nora Ephron—who, in the meticulous instructions she left before her death last summer, dictated that Short speak first at her memorial service, ahead of Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, and Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson—referred to Short as “the best person.” “Not the best person at something,” Martin said. “Just ‘the best person.’ Period.”

Did they mention he's funny? "On the couch, he showered Letterman with unctuous faux flattery about the host’s youthfulness (“I was watching backstage. I thought, Is that one of the Winklevoss twins? They’re usually inseparable!”)"

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Emby

I like when I find out something—not necessarily counter-intuitive, because I had no reason to not think Martin Short was a good person, but maybe—unexpectedly interesting, about Hollywood people.

For example, I love the anecdote about Jon Lovitz smacking around Andy Dick for joking about Phil Hartmann's death and the role Dick almost-sort-of played in it. Hartmann and Lovitz were friends, and that's a shining light of humanity right there: To beat the everloving shit out of someone who makes light of your good friend's death.

Martin Short: Good people.
Jon Lovitz: Loyal friend.

Noted.

bluebears

Oh man. I just like him SO MUCH. And his Arrested Development episode was the best AD episode. And I love every episode of that show.

raised amongst catalogs

@bluebears TO THE NUTS!

raised amongst catalogs

Is this where I confess that I've seen Three Fugitives more than ten times?

Onymous

@raised amongst catalogs
lets be honest, people that haven't are probably horrible.

raised amongst catalogs

@Onymous That movie has everything, if your definition of everything includes Nick Nolte and Martin Short gazing tenderly at a sleeping child while eating pate and caviar.

fondue with cheddar

@Onymous I'm definitely horrible, because I've never even seen it once. :(

raised amongst catalogs

I have this constant, deep and abiding affection for Martin Short but this article has brought it all to the surface and I want to talk about how great Martin Short is, was and always will be. I want to talk about Three Amigos, and I want to talk about the Ed Grimley-esque dance he did to "Twistin' the Night Away" in Innerspace.
Also, I'm not sure there's ever been anything funnier than Nathan Thurm's insanely long cigarette ash.

fondue with cheddar

@raised amongst catalogs Yes and yes!

The Three Amigos was the first movie I ever saw in the theater without a grown-up. That was a quarter century ago and I still love it. The three of them are all hilarious and wonderful.

"I think it's a male plane."
"How can you tell?"
"Didn't you notice it's little balls?"

raised amongst catalogs

@fondue with cheddar YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I still quote that scene more often than is necessary.

fondue with cheddar

@raised amongst catalogs Not a Marin Short line, but...
"Would you like to kiss me on the veranda?"
"Lips would be fine."

I must admit, as much as I enjoy Martin Short, my biggest old-as-my-dad comedy love is Steve Martin.

MeghanElizabeth

@raised amongst catalogs I can picture that "Twistin' the Night Away" dance right now! Watched that movie a lot when I was little.

Also, I loved that Martin Short interview with Kathy Lee (?) where she's going on and on about his wife (who died) and is all "so how long have you guys been married?" and he doesn't correct her on air, but says "I've loved her for 30 (or whatever) years"

fondue with cheddar

@MeghanElizabeth I never saw that, but wow. Such grace.

KatPruska

He's not a very strong swimmer.

fondue with cheddar

Indeed, Short is not only nice but good, a man who has things so figured out that he offers uplift—whose benign but mischievous presence, once experienced, is thereafter craved. “I’m a Marty addict,” said Hanks. “When I see on my calendar ‘Dinner with Marty Thursday,’ I’m like, ‘Oh, hurry up, Thursday. Please hurry!’ ”

Adorable. :)

Mrs. Hutchinson

I was OBSESSED with Innerspace as a child. A true delight.

Allie J

@Mrs. Hutchinson
That moment when he stands up and screams, "Somebody help me! I'm possessed!" Oh, sometimes I just think about that moment randomly throughout the day and I start laughing.

iknowright

And he actually made the holiday SNL episode bearable! So many guest stars for his monologue (ok, mostly ex-cast members, but Tom Hanks! Samuel L. Jackson!).

I feel like there were a lot of sketches in that episode that only he could pull off, like this one. Seriously, any other actor it would have been just stupid and awkward, but with Martin Short, everyone's having a good time. And who doesn't love it when every single character in the sketch can't suppress their own laughter?

fondue with cheddar

@iknowright Oh, that was fantastic. The Downtown Abbey! :)

oh! valencia

Saving this for lunch time!
I love so many things that he has done, and that now he is the happy voice of the Cat in the Hat and my daughter and I get to hear his voice all the time.

CharethCutestory

Right now I'm just feeling like the biggest asshole because, though I'm sure he's a nice enough dude, I CAN'T FUCKING STAND HIM.He is extremely not-funny to me. I didn't know I was the only one! Am I heart/soul-less?

paper bag princess

Has anyone else seen the movie Pure Luck with Marty and Danny Glover? It's obviously not one of his best things, but my sister and I were OBSESSED with that movie as children and watched it probably a thousand times. We had it on VHS.

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