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Martin Short, from Second City to your TV

The Story

It's not unusual for an aspiring Canadian actor to leave for the United States, seeking fame in the world's biggest television market. In 1980, Hamilton-born Martin Short - an alumnus of Toronto's Second City comedy troupe - is one such actor who appears to be on his way. In this interview from CBC-TV's The Bob McLean Show, Short explains how he successfully auditioned in the U.S. for the short-lived legal sitcom The Associates and describes his role in the new series I'm a Big Girl Now. 

Medium: Television
Program: The Bob McLean Show
Broadcast Date: Oct. 29, 1980
Guest(s): Martin Short
Interviewer: Bob McLean
Duration: 9:37

Did You know?

• Born in Hamilton in 1950, Martin Short joined Toronto's Second City ensemble in 1977. He had already started getting work as an actor, notably in a 1972 production of the musical Godspell with fellow future stars Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin. He also appeared in various CBC productions, playing a young hustler in an episode of the dramatic series Peep Show and sitting on a panel for the game show Bluff in 1976.

  • In 1983 Short joined the Canadian cast of the SCTV comedy series before jumping to Saturday Night Live in the U.S. a year later. He then went on to a career in feature films in the 1980s and '90s and more recently had guest roles in TV series as varied as Arrested Development, Weeds and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


• In 2011 Short returned to the CBC to host the 75th anniversary special Long Story Short. According to the CBC program guide, the special "will follow Martin Short as he uncovers many of the memorable and classic television and radio moments from the CBC archives." 





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