Panelist, "The Marriage Ref"
Martin Short is a much beloved actor, comedian, writer, and stage performer. Born to a steel executive father and concert violinist mother, Short grew up in Ontario, Canada. He attended McMasters University, where he met fellow performers and future collaborators Gilda Radner, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, and Eugene Levy.
Short honed his raw comedy skills with the Second City comedy troupe in Edmonton, Alberta beginning in 1977. Within two years he had made his first film "Lost and Found," and landed a role in the short-lived TV series "The Associates." But it was on the seminal TV parody "SCTV" that Short found his comedic footing, performing dead-on impersonations of Katherine Hepburn and Jerry Lewis while perfecting strange and memorable characters like Ed Grimley, Jackie Rodgers, Jr., and Irving Cohen. He found a wide American audience in 1982, when he joined the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," performing with a cast that included Christopher Guest, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Harry Shearer, and Billy Crystal, among others.
Short has also found success on the big screen, with memorable performances in "Three Amigos," "Father of the Bride," and "Innerspace." He made his Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of "The Goodbye Girl." In 2007 he was nominated for a Tony Award for his autobiographical play "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me."