He's sure audiences will realize this musical is fake, as some, X-rated, tie-dyed hybrid of "Hair" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." But that won't stop him from illustrating the premise of this musical, anyway, as Short, now 64 but still a physical dynamo, will proceed to strip onstage.
"I strip down into my nude suit. It's only a nude suit. I swear," Short says by phone from a cafe in
If doffing his clothes doesn't make the highlight reel of career accomplishments, Short can hardly complain. His tour with Martin, which will stop by Hard Rock Live on Saturday night, represents Short's latest reunion with a close friend who remains every bit his comedic antithesis, the mild-tempered thinker to his combustible humor engine.
Subtitled "A Very Stupid Conversation," the two Martins will reflect on their careers with a blend of banter, musical numbers and standup sketches, with stories that will no doubt touch on their numerous "Saturday Night Live" pairings, appearances in the "Father of the Bride" movies, and the moment they befriended each other on the set of the
"Movies are odd, because you get intimately involved with many people, but then the movie ends two months later, and you never see them again," Short says. "But in Steve's case, I made a mental note of thinking, 'No, no, we shouldn't lose this guy.' So we've been close friends ever since. Gone on vacations together.
"One time, we found out that we were due for colonoscopies at the same time, so Steve had the idea of throwing a colonoscopy sleepover at his house," Short recalls with a laugh. "You arrive at
"A Very Stupid Conversation" was spun off from
"It's loosely structured. It showcases the best of what we can do individually and together," Short says. "Steve and his Steep Canyon Rangers perform, and I have to quote ["Late Show With David Letterman" bandleader]
But found in every "Stupid Conversation" is a moment of harmony that the longtime actor appreciates, when Martin's minimalist stage presence -- again, he's on a stool, with a banjo -- is counterbalanced by Short's ebullient energy. He is hardly bothered by the amount of physical comedy this show can demand.
"I'm well aware that people my age, you know, have blown-out knees and bad backs and stiff necks," Short says. "I remember when I was 56, I did this one-man
The limbering-up routine is working, because Short is hardly on a trajectory to slow down. In October, he'll appear in the
One of those moments happened in 1980 at a Golden Globes party. Short, then "a very young-looking" 30 and dressed in a sharp tux, approached actor
"I looked like a waiter. I said, 'Mr. Pacino, it's such an honor, you have no idea what an influence you are,' blah blah blah, and he goes" -- Short adopts his best gravelly Pacino accent -- " 'Oh, yeah? That's very nice. I ordered a vodka 20 minutes ago. Could you fetch that?' "
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