In show biz parlance, comedy quasar Martin Short [massively energetic, not “distant”] is the total package. The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor, writer, and neoclassic song & dance man has created some of the most enduring characters and impersonations. From his sketch work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, his film and TV roles, his theatrical performances, and to his bravura appearances on programs like Late Show with David Letterman, Martin Short is a master of physical comedy. But Short’s gift for “going big” involves a special talent for nuance and endearing truly twisted characters like manic man-child Ed Grimley and albino pansexual entertainer Jackie Rogers Jr., (and I must admit to cribbing power-pop dance moves from both characters). At SNL, Short was integral to some of the show’s all-time classic skits. Men’s Olympic Synchronized Swimming (excerpt) (with Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest) was an instant blockbuster and lives on as swimming pool goofing and is perhaps second only to the game of “Marco Polo.” And Jackie Roger’s Jr’s $100,000 Jackpot Wad is one of finest ever TV game show parodies. Then there is Jiminy Glick. For more than a decade, Short has cracked up interview subjects, production crews, and audiences as the tubby, effeminate, and ill-informed celebrity journalist (who, intentionally or not, bares a substantial likeness to L.A. public access mainstay Skip E. Lowe). The Glick character perfectly showcases Martin Short’s satire and improv chops and his panache for penetrating hilarity’s marrow. The Paramount Theatre is honored to present an evening with the legendary Martin Short.
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