Martin Short’s host of hilarious impressions and his unique ability as a comedic chameleon first grabbed the world’s attention when he was a star on Second City Television and Saturday Night Live. Since then, he has continued making audiences howl, whether on the big screen in such films as Three Amigos and Father of the Bride, on the small screen in various comedy specials, or on stage delivering his side-splitting stand-up routines and as an acclaimed star in the theatre.
After only one season on Saturday Night Live, Short was instantly recognized for his standout performances and on-the-mark creations of such characters as Ed Grimly.
From there, he made his big screen debut in Three Amigos, where he worked alongside former Saturday Night Livecolleagues Chevy Chase and Steve Martin. He has continued to take on plum comedic roles in films releases such as Inner Space, Three Fugitives, Clifford, Mars Attacks, The Big Picture, and Father of the Bride, among many others.
Not limiting himself to the movies, Short has also written, produced, and starred in three highly acclaimed comedy specials for television. For these he won two Cable Ace awards and an Emmy Award. His television work also saw his versatility on display when, in 1999, he hosted The Martin Short Show, which garnered seven Emmy nominations, including “Best Show” and “Best Host”. In 2001, the show gave birth to Primetime Glick, a program based on the fictitious character he created, Jimmy Glick, a “Hollywood legend and celebrity interviewer.” For his work as Jimmy, Short received an Emmy nomination for Best Performer in a Musical, Comedy or Variety Show.
A veteran of the theater in Canada and on Broadway, Short has received praise for his varied work on stage in many productions, earning a Tony Award, a Theatre World Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2003, he starred in Mel Brooks’ critically acclaimed musical, The Producers, with Jason Alexander.
In 2014, Short published his bestselling memoir, I Must Say: My Life As A Humble Comedy Legend.
He was awarded the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture in 1994, and he was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2000.