Decades of comedy performance on stage, screen and TV have turned Steve Martin and Martin Short into entertainment legends. If you’re looking to refresh yourself or relive some of their greatest moments before the April 12 show at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, here are some essential media on the two comics.
“The Jerk” (1979): After becoming a superstar in stand-up comedy and making several well-regarded guest spots elsewhere (including the original “Saturday Night Live” seasons), Martin’s first starring feature remains a comedy classic.
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987): One of Martin’s most beloved comedies saw him team with the late John Candy as two strangers desperately trying to get home in time for Thanksgiving. Directed by John Hughes, the film brought its production to Batavia for a few scenes.
“Born Standing Up” (2007): A noted writer, Martin finally released his memoir about his experiences growing up and working as a comedian, until the pressures of stardom forced him to walk away from the stage.
“The Long-Awaited Album” (2017): Since Martin will be joined at Shea’s by his bluegrass collaborators, the Steep Canyon Rangers, be sure to check out their second album.
“SCTV” (1981-83): Short joined the cast of this legendary Canadian sketch series, creating the character of Ed Grimley, an anxious weirdo obsessed with minor details. Short took the character with him to “Saturday Night Live,” and eventually his own animated series.
“Innerspace” (1987): Short’s physical comedy gifts were on full display in this Joe Dante-directed film. Dennis Quaid plays an naval aviator who is miniaturized and pilots a pod into Short’s body.
Jiminy Glick: Another one of Short’s memorable characters, Glick is an obnoxious television show host who embarrasses his guests with ignorant questions and comments. Short played the character on multiple television shows, a 2004 film “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood” and on the Broadway stage.
“Three Amigos!” (1986): Martin and Short’s first collaboration saw them team with Chevy Chase (then also at the peak of his stardom) as a group of silent film actors mistaken for real heroes.
“Father of the Bride” (1991): Martin stars in the remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, which also features Martin in a supporting role as a European wedding coordinator. The cast returned for a 1995 sequel.