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.
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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Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books.
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..
I really enjoyed this banter between two very funny and very smart people. Cavett does get a bit self indulgent and he tells a couple of the same stories that he told in one of his book, though they are good stories and I actually enjoyed hearing them again.
This was disappointing. Short comes off well, but Cavett, who is usually such a wonderful interviewer, indulges in a non-stop, awkwardly self-referential name-drop fest. He also seems to be slurring his words, which is alarming -- I don't know what was causing it, but it actually made him sound a little impaired at times.
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