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'SNL' Review: Andy Samberg, with a Little Help From His Friends

SNL transforms when a former cast member returns to host. The regular format is stretched to make room for a massive SNL reunion, with classic bits and endless cameos by other past stars of the show. Usually this homecoming makes for an exciting night of television, with Lorne Michaels trotting out one of his prized horses to remind us of the joy this show has brought us over the years.

In this case, it reminded us how atypical of a cast member Andy Samberg was. His monologue joke that he appeared in "100 digital shorts and six live sketches" had a ring of truth: unlike all-star alums Will Ferrell [...]

Carol Burnett Received the Mark Twain Prize Last Night

Legendary comedian Carol Burnett was award the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night in Washington D.C., and was celebrated by stars like Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Julie Andrews, and former Twain winner Tina Fey, who sang the opening number. Burnett starred for 11 years on the The Carol Burnett Show, a variety/sketch show that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1978 and won 25 Emmys in the course of its run. The Mark Twain Prize was founded 16 years ago by the Kennedy Center, but this wasn't the first time they had tried to honor Burnett. “They asked me quite a few times," the 80-year-old told [...]

Martin Short, Tom Hanks, and Steve Martin Have Colonoscopy Parties Together

Here's Martin Short on The Tonight Show last night, telling Jay Leno about how he and friends Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Walter Parks have colonoscopy parties together. Every four years, Short says, the guys have a sleepover at Steve Martin's house the night before their colonoscopies where they cleanse to prepare for their colonoscopies the next morning while hanging out and playing poker. Sounds like gross fun.

Martin Short Joins the Cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice'

Living comedy legend Martin Short is set to star in his first movie in several years, and it's a pretty prestigious one. The Wrap reports that Short has been cast in Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as pothead private eye Doc Sportello, who's investigating the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend. Short joins a supporting cast that also includes Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Reese Witherspoon. Short's small role in the movie is being kept under wraps. He recently starred in Mulaney, SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney's Lorne Michaels-produced sitcom that [...]

Martin Short Continues to Be Great

Here's Martin Short being as funny as ever on Letterman last night, singing a song about Carnival Cruise Lines to kick off his stint as the company's new singing and dancing spokesperson. This new John Mulaney/Martin Short sitcom can't come soon enough.

Patton Oswalt Names His Dream Comedy-to-Drama Crossovers

"Something gritty. Something early-70s. Boston. Icy grime. Low-stakes larceny, with her psyche as collateral. I don’t think there’s anything Amy can’t do."

- Patton Oswalt in a new piece for New Republic, in which he nominates Maria Bamford, Kevin James, Martin Short, Amy Poehler (above), and Eric Idle as the comedy actors he'd most like to see make the jump to more dramatic roles.

Martin Short's First Starring Role: 'The Associates'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

As you may have read, recently the Writers' Guild of America recently announced their list of the 100 Best Written TV Series of [...]

Martin Short Is Writing a Memoir

Living comedy legend Martin Short is getting ready to write his first book. The NY Times reports that Short has inked a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir that will cover his movie and TV career, his friendships with other well-known comedians and actors, and his 30-year marriage to Nancy Dolman, who passed away in 2010. Short recently starred in the NBC pilot Mulaney from Lorne Michaels and SNL writer John Mulaney, which the network bafflingly opted not to order to series, and he's currently filming a small part in director Paul Thomas Anderson's movie adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. "Although I've never [...]

NBC Passes on 'Mulaney'

Following a flurry of sitcom cancellations, NBC has opted not to pick up the pilot for SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney's new sitcom Mulaney. An ensemble multi-camera show staring Mulaney, Martin Short, Elliott Gould, SNL's Nasim Pedrad, and stand-ups Griffin Newman and Seaton Smith and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Mulaney seems like a slam-dunk on paper. I attended the pilot taping, and it was super funny, so it comes as a huge disappointment that NBC opted not to pick up the show. The pilots they did pick up had better be good.

Poehler, Armisen, Martin Short to Guest on NBC's 'Hollywood Game Night'

Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, and Martin Short are just some of the guest stars lined up for Hollywood Game Night, a new NBC game show hosted by Jane Lynch and produced by Sean Hayes. Deadline reports that in addition to those three amazing comedy people, Matthew Perry, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Maya Rudolph, Minnie Driver, Kal Penn, Ellie Kemper, Kristen Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines, Molly Shannon, and Max Greenfield have all signed on to guest, with more expected to be added later. Hollywood Game Night is an hour-long show that will feature celebrities and non-celebrities participating in game nights in a cocktail party environment. NBC gave the [...]

'SCTV' Stars Martin Short, Eugene Levy, and Andrea Martin to Reunite for Martin's New NBC Series

Last month, NBC ordered 12 episodes of a new comedy starring Andrea Martin called Working the Engels for the 2014-15 TV season, and now, a couple of her SCTV costars will be turning up in guest spots. TV Line reports that Martin Short and Eugene Levy will both be guest starring on Andrea Martin's show during the first batch of 12 episodes. The show stars Martin as Ceil Engel, a self-involved but loving mother who has to work with her kids to keep her recently-deceased husband's law firm afloat to keep the family out of debt. Short, who's set to star in the Fox sitcom Mulaney, will [...]

Conan O'Brien and Martin Short Did Some Serious Jibber-Jabbering

Martin Short joined Conan O'Brien for another of Conan's occasional long-form interview web show, Serious Jibber-Jabber. Conan's clearly a huge fan of the SCTV and SNL star, who he describes as one of the most respected, undeniable comedians around. "There's one name I reliably hear – funniest guy ever," Conan says at the beginning. "Martin Short. Consistently, you. Why? How have you perpetuated this fraud this long?"

The Best of 'SNL' Season 38

It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]

Martin Short Visits His Fake Showbiz Friend Jimmy Kimmel

"Of all the people I have a fake show business relationship with, I feel fake closest to you," Martin Short tells Jimmy Kimmel at the top of this interview from last night. Later in the interview, Short also ranks his three best friends in show business (Steve Martin, Paul Shaffer, Eugene Levy). Martin Short interviews are always fun, but this one is especially so.

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