Martin Short vs. Steve Martin
Two comedic heavyweights who once teamed up in the cinematic classic Three Amigos battle for the attention of discerning Torontonians in 2016
NAME: Martin Short
BORN: 1950, Hamilton
BIG BREAK: Postponed a career in social work to act in Toronto production of Godspell alongside Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin and other future comedic legends
FAVE LINE: “I must say,” and “totally decent” from SCTV and Saturday Night Live character Ed Grimley
COTTAGE COUNTRY: Short has kept a cottage on Lake Rousseau in Muskoka
NEXT BIG THING: Short is being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award on March 13 as part of the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto.
NAME: Steve Martin
BORN: 1945, Waco, Texas
BIG BREAK: After a faltering start to his career, a former girlfriend got him a writing gig on the
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The team won an Emmy Award in 1969 — Martin was 23
FAVE LINE: “Well, excuuuse me!” from his debut comedy album, Let’s Get Small, and, of course, “Just a wild and crazy guy,” from the follow-up
COTTAGE COUNTRY: Martin filmed Cheaper by the Dozen 2 at a cottage in Muskoka
NEXT BIG THING: Martin has become a fan of Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris and is currently hosting an exhibition in Los Angeles that comes to Toronto’s AGO later this summer.