Appeared in "The Goodbye Girl" on Broadway.
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I think that we and the audience make a deal with the funny people we've known for a long time. Our deal is they make us laugh. I can sing. I've done Broadway shows. I can come on Dave Letterman's show and just sing a medley of songs. I can go as sincere as I want. But you'd always be waiting for the sandbag to fall on my head.
In May 2012, while appearing on the "Today" Show, host Kathie Gifford asked Martin Short several questions about his marriage to his wife, Nancy, in the present tense, indicating that she had no idea that Nancy had died two years earlier. After Short's segment was over, Gifford reappeared to apologize for not knowing about the death and the whole line of questioning.
His Ed Grimley character - a nerd who's obsessed with banal pop culture