Monday, September 18, 2006

Martin Short Is One Funny S.O.B.

For some reason, I have always had a love affair with Saturday Night Live. I have watched it pretty much religiously since it’s first year on the air. From the days of John Belushi, the Coneheads, and Mr. Bill, I used to force my little pre-teen eyes to stay open on Saturday nights, so I could be one of the few kids in school come Monday morning that could talk about all the crazy stuff that happened on that show.

I still watch the show to this day, almost never missing an episode, even though the show has way too many misses and dead air than laughs these days.
One of my fondest memories of the 80’s incarnation of SNL was watching Martin Short do his killer impressions and zany characters for the few years he was with the cast. The teenaged Slyde used to fall over pissing his pants at Short’s character of Ed Grimley Jr, a quirky nerd who would dance around his apartment playing the triangle and being obsessed with Pat Sajak.

Here’s an old clip of Mr. Grimley in action:

A little dated and silly now, I know, but this stuff was still comedy gold to me when I was 14.
Even still, I never really thought much of Martin Short as an actor or comedian beyond his SNL days.

That is, before last night.

Yesterday, my wife and I went into Manhattan on a beautiful late-Summer’s day to see Martin Short’s one man play “Fame Becomes Me”. The tickets were an anniversary gift from our family.

Even though the play has gotten rave reviews, I really wasn’t too stoked up about going. It just didn’t seem like something that would interest me.
Man, was I wrong.

“Fame Becomes Me” is one of the best experiences I have ever had in a Broadway theater, and hands down the funniest play I have ever had the pleasure to watch.
I never knew Martin Short was that talented. The man sang, danced, told jokes, and generally did 2 hours of non-stop standup as he humorously told the story of his tumultuous life. Simply put, I was in awe of the man. At one point, he pulled an unsuspecting, theatre-going, Jim Belushi out of the crowd for one of the funniest 15 minutes I have ever had the pleasure of watching.

Simply put, if you will be finding yourself in NYC anytime soon, you need to see this show while its here. It is efforts like this one that put my faith back in the magic of Broadway.

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