Backstage with Ron Onesti: Martin Short proof that warmth sets the table for laughter
Few would disagree that the glory days of “Saturday Night Live,” one of the most popular pop-culture television shows in history, revolve around the comedic wizardry of John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and the rest of that classic cast. But as those iconic figures spread their individual wings to rise to great heights, or in a couple of cases, meet with a tragic end, the show began to falter despite heroic attempts to keep it rockin’ with emerging superstars like Eddie Murphy.
In 1984, the show began its rise back to the top of the ratings charts with Billy Crystal and Martin Short, the Canadian actor and star of “SCTV.”
Short’s physical comedy made him an absolute favorite of mine. Each one of his characters was over the top yet in so many ways believable to the point that you felt you knew them intimately. On occasion, he would hit the road performing some of his classic bits with video footage of his most famous roles, from “SNL” to “Father Of The Bride” to “The Three Amigos.”
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