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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.

©2006 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (P)2006 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association

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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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...a little alarming

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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Great Banter Between Two Entertainment Legends

Would you listen to Martin Short with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y again? Why?

Yes I will listen to it again. I am a huge fan of Martin Short and have enjoyed Dick Cavett on many occasions. So to have two legends of the entertainment industry bantering back and forth for almost 90 minutes was great.

What other book might you compare Martin Short with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y to and why?

Some of the stories that Martin Short told in this interview he also tells in book "I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedian." I highly recommend both this that audio book and this one for all Martin Short fans.

Have you listened to any of Dick Cavett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have seen Dick Cavett on television a few times growing up, and as near as I can recall this interview was very typical of his style.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't know that there was anything in particular in this audio interview that I would call moving, per se. I was moved in Martin Short's memoir, mentioned above, when he described his wife, Nancy, battle with cancer and her death in 2010.

This was just typical Martin Short humor, and is well worth the paltry sum I paid for it.

Any additional comments?

Like his memoir/autobiography, this is MUST HAVE for all fans of Martin Short and Dick Cavett.

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Fun and Funny

Would you listen to Martin Short with Dick Cavett at the 92nd Street Y again? Why?

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.

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Short was not short on laughs

Without ever getting to know much about Martin short I laughed while walking for an hour .