Fans rush to defend Martin Short after the comedian is labelled ‘desperately unfunny’

Sep 12, 2023
Short's stellar career in the entertainment industry spans over five decades, marked by numerous remarkable achievements and memorable moments. Source: Getty Images.

In the world of entertainment, comedian Martin Short has always been a beloved figure, known for his wit, charm, and infectious humour.

Short has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in comedy, with iconic roles in classics like Three Amigos, Innerspace, and Father of the Bride. He has also been a frequent guest on late-night talk shows and has graced the stages of Saturday Night Live countless times.

His unique brand of humour, his unmatched improvisational skills, and hilarious character work have earned him a dedicated fanbase over the years.

However, it would seem that not everyone is a fan of the beloved comedian after an opinion piece, published in Slate, labelled Short “desperately unfunny”.

In his article, titled Why We Keep Putting Up With Martin Short, writer Dan Kois criticised Short’s “over the top characters” describing his classic portrayals of characters such as Franck Eggelhoffer from Father of the Bride and Oliver Putnam in Only Murders in the Building as “unbelievably annoying”.

As the article began making the rounds a storm quickly erupted on social media as loyal fans and fellow celebrities came out in force to defend the beloved entertainer in a heartwarming show of support. Fans from all corners of the globe took to social media to share some of his most iconic moments, highlighting just how funny and cherished he is in the hearts of millions.

Short’s stellar career in the entertainment industry spans over five decades, marked by numerous remarkable achievements and memorable moments. Early in his career, he gained recognition for his contributions to iconic television programs such as SCTV and Saturday Night Live.

Some of Short’s most memorable performances came in beloved films such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Clifford (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).

In addition to his work on screen, Short has graced the Broadway stage, taking on leading roles in esteemed productions including Neil Simon’s musicals The Goodbye Girl (1993) and Little Me (1998–1999). His portrayal in the latter garnered him a prestigious Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, while the former secured him a nomination in the same category.

Short embarked on a nationwide tour in 2015 alongside fellow comedian Steve Martin. Their collaboration reached new heights in 2018 when they delivered the highly acclaimed Netflix special, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. This special earned them four Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a coveted Directors Guild of America Award nomination.

Most recently, Short has taken on a prominent role in the comedy series Only Murders in the Building, where he again shares the screen with Steve Martin.

His outstanding performance in the series has garnered nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Critics Choice Television Award.

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