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Martin Short. Long on talent.

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September 19, 2013


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Martin Short. Long on talent.

It’s better to love a short than not to love at all.   I saw Martin Short this evening at Centre in the Square. He was funny of course. He’s always funny. A lot of people wonder why there are so many funny Canadians in Hollywood. It’s a good question. I know why. It’s because of Second City. (Why are there so many funny Canadians is a harder question to answer. I’m sure it has something to do with Tim Hortons.)

Martin Short is Canadian. He’s from the Hammer, steel town, Hamilton, In fact his father worked at Stelco, a Canadian steel company as a corporate executive. His mother, a violist was concertmaster of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra. It was she who encouraged his creative endeavors.

Martin Short graduated from Mac (McMaster University) in 1971 with a degree in social work, but quickly turned to acting. In 1977, he joined Second CIty where he created the memorable characters, Brock Lineman, and Ed Grimley. Second City Television was an interesting and unusual TV show. Martin appeared in the 1982-1983 season.

In 1984-1985 he appeared on Saturday Night Live. This launched his Hollywood film career. Three Amigos and Pure Luck are two of my favorites.

I was watching a series on Netflix last winter – Damages – a TV Lawyer show. Martin was wonderful as Leonard Winstone, a fake lawyer with a hidden past.


So how was the show?

I didn’t know that Martin Short was such a wonderful singer. You can tell that he’s done a lot of work on stage. I don’t why I wasn’t ready for that. Maybe because he did such funny characters on TV and in the movies, I didn’t think he could sing.

It was a good show. He got a way with a lot, a lot of gags, characters and nonsense. In short, Martin Short was very entertaining and the audience loved him.

It’s better to love a short than not to love at all.


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