Martin Short with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y

  • by Martin Short
  • Narrated by Dick Cavett
  • 1 hrs and 25 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Martin Short, one of today's most inventive and popular comic actors, is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, SCTV, and in the films The Three Amigos and The Father of the Bride. The creator of such memorable characters as Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley, and Irving Cohen, Short returned to Broadway in the "alternate autobiography" Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Here he talks with Dick Cavett, the host of The Dick Cavett Show, which was a late-night talk-show home for top rock bands and comedy legends, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and countless others.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Comedian Martin Short has been pushing the boundaries on what is possible with comedy for the past several decades. Some of his highlights include, amongst the countless memorable film roles, his work with SNL, SCTV, and his characters such as Jiminy Glick and Irving Cohen. The 92nd Street Y, in continuing with their longstanding tradition of hosting groundbreaking entertainers such as Short, presents a night of hilarious and intimate conversation with Short and the iconic and innovative talk show host Dick Cavett. Listen along with delight as Cavett and Short talk about the comedian’s storied career and his recent return to Broadway.

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Oh. My. God.

I admit I got this almost BECAUSE OF, rather than despite, the negative reviews, pretty much for the same reasons one slows down to gawk at a bad accident on the highway: sheer morbid curiosity. Having been duly forewarned by other listeners, I just wanted to gape in horror as Dick Cavett put in the worst interview performance of his career, turning an ostensible interview with truly great comic actor Martin Short into an overtly self-pleasuring Look-How-Many-Famous-People-Totally-Unrelated-To-Martin-Short-I-Can-Quote-And-Imitate-And-Belittle performance. As a speech therapist, I was also eager to judge for myself whether Cavett's well-described "slurred" speech indicated an actual dysarthria (likely the result of a stroke or other neurological event or condition) or simple inebriation/drunkenness.

Even thus forewarned, however, I was unprepared for the scope of this lamentable spectacle. By the end of this fiasco (which HAS to rank as one of the greatest debacles in entertainment history, right up there with the time actor Crispin Glover tried to kick late night host David Letterman live on his show), not only has the normally unfailingly polite and kind Short begun to openly and hilariously mock his interviewer, but the audience, too, is openly heckling Cavett, going so far as to boo his self-serving anecdotes and shout "Just read the [audience-written] questions!" Finally forced to at least pretend to accede to this request, Cavett unbelievably begins reading questions obviously intended for Short, but attempting to answer as himself. When the audience and Short object, he starts "reading" questions he is clearly just ad-libbing on the spur of the moment as set-ups for a punch line only he can deliver.

I won't spoil the hideous ending.

In short, this is REALLY, REALLY BAD-- so bad it's fascinating. Highly recommended only for the morbidly curious, like myself.
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- Gretchen SLP

I Want My 99 Cents Back!

It seemed like a "can't miss" selection. Martin Short, the funniest man on the planet being interviewed by Dick Cavett, a brilliant interviewer, wit and raconteur. But Mr. Cavett seemed to forgot that he was the interviewer, not the interviewee. He acted as if he were on the stage to amuse Mr. Short with his own anecdotes.
It would have been so easy to let a brilliant comic like Short loose with all his incredible energy and characters. Everyone would have gone home thinking how brilliant Short was and what a wonderful job Cavett did showing off Short's brilliance. Best of all, I wouldn't be writing this review.
But instead Cavett blocked Short at every moment, recounting stories about entertainers of an era long before Short's (Milton Berle, Fred Allen, Richard Loo?!)
Let's be fair and say Mr. Cavett was having a bad evening, or he and Mr. Short didn't have any chemistry. It happens. But that's no excuse for selling this debacle to Audible's subscribers.
I assure you I will survive very well without my 99 cents, but I should have it back just on principle..
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- Casey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2006
  • Publisher: 92nd Street Y