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    My mother was the concert master of the symphony. Absurdity and eccentricity were not criticized.
    — Martin Short
    tags: master  mother 
     
    I think loss can fuel how you lead your whole life.
    — Martin Short
    tags: loss 
     
    When you start a new project and they say, "Your director is going to be Joe Blo," you're hoping that Joe Blo will be the next Martin Scorsese, but it doesn't always work out that way.
    — Martin Short
    tags: work 
     
    You go through publicists because it's easy for a publicist to say to another publicist, 'No'.
    — Martin Short
    Being the youngest of five, you're adored, you're fueled with confidence.
    — Martin Short
    tags: confidence 
     
    I'm an actor who loves doing comedy.
    — Martin Short
    tags: comedy 
     
    I think I've been really lucky to keep my career so varied, and to be open. There's safety in repetition, but there's also a trap there.
    — Martin Short
    tags: career 
     
    There was an era when people would turn on their radio and hear a radio drama. Now, you could be as scared by that as seeing it filmed. In those days, people used to sit by the fire and imagine what they were hearing. Everything is its own art form.
    — Martin Short
    tags: people  drama  fire  seeing  imagine 
     
    I've never done an improvised movie as a fictitious character. I think that's the challenge.
    — Martin Short
    Ill give you an idea of how Jewish Mel Brooks is: Thats a nose job.
    — Martin Short
    tags: job  ideas 
     
    I have sometimes imagined my own death and brought myself to tears.
    — Martin Short
    tags: death  tears 
     
    I still do live concerts all over the country - about four a month - with singing and characters and improv. It keeps me limber. I'll never lose that. And comedy is still the bread and butter.
    — Martin Short
    tags: character  live  comedy 
     
    [Ed Grimley] lives in a retirement home in New Jersey. It's called the Retirement Home in New Jersey for Characters Who Were Interesting in the '80s for About an Hour. He's there with the Whiners, Gumby and Jon Lovitz's 'That's the ticket' guy.
    — Martin Short
    tags: character  live 
     
    No one is any one thing.
    — Martin Short
    The thing you can always rely on, your core person, comes from your family's attention and love.
    — Martin Short
    tags: people  attention 
     
    If you have wonderful moments, don't second-guess them, just enjoy them.
    — Martin Short
    tags: moment 
     
    Someone once asked me what was the weirdest question I was ever asked. And I was stymied.
    — Martin Short
    tags: questions 
     
    A musical is only as good as its director. The same can also be said for the CIA.
    — Martin Short
    I'm totally aware of how lucky I am. I have health, family, children. I do work that gives me total joy and allows me to make a living, and maybe, if I'm lucky enough, I'll feel I've fulfilled a little bit of service to society because I brought other people some laughter.
    — Martin Short
    People do think I'm Jewish. But we're Irish Catholic. My father had a brogue.
    — Martin Short
    tags: people  father 
     
    You try to figure out things to keep yourself interested. It's very easy to get lulled.
    — Martin Short
    I've chosen to treat my life more like a party than something to stress about.
    — Martin Short
    tags: stress 
     
    I pretend I'm one of the royal family when I'm in a hotel and that the hotel belongs to me - it is a palace.
    — Martin Short
    Whether arrogantly or what, I view myself simply as an actor.
    — Martin Short
    People have very specific opinions of comedy. Slapstick was an art form in the '20s and the lowest form of show business in the '50s. Who's right, who's wrong? Who's an idiot, who's not?
    — Martin Short
    All the actor does is, he tries to get as many takes as he can out of the director that day. So he can walk away and say to himself, "Hey, it's in there. I'm not going to edit it. I'm not going to make those choices. If they want to blow it, it's fine. But I've done all I can." You're right. I'm always amazed when actors bash films as if those grips and that cinematographer didn't work hard enough.
    — Martin Short
    tags: work  choice  right  film 
     
    What's great about being a character actor is you know that you can survive forever. It's not about the gloss of your eyebrows.
    — Martin Short
    tags: character  forever 
     
    All you're trying to do in an improvisation is get as much material as possible for the editing room.
    — Martin Short
    All these things that enter your head are assignments. You write them up and then throw them out there and if someone wants to do it, your assignment is done.
    — Martin Short
    tags: write 
     
    One of my great influences was Don Knotts as Barney Fife.
    — Martin Short
    tags: influence 
     
    I have a kind of objective luxury about my career.
    — Martin Short
    tags: career 
     
    Sometimes people get passionate about the obscure jokes.
    — Martin Short
    tags: people 
     
    A few years ago, I won a Tony for Little Me and I learned two important lessons from that experience. 1. Fair-weather friends are so much more interesting to be around and 2. It's amazing what this award fetches on E-Bay.
    — Martin Short
    I hate to lull the audience into letting them think that something is something. It's always fun to defy expectations.
    — Martin Short
    tags: hate  expectation  fun 
     
    I think I'm funny because my family, my siblings were funny.
    — Martin Short
    tags: funny 
     
    An actor can spew out thoughts, but they're not all gold.
    — Martin Short
    tags: thoughts 
     
    When you have to worry about paying the rent, you're never bored. You're just happy to have that job. But once you don't have to worry and reach the point where it's no longer about the money, you're able to look at other opportunities outside of your comfort zone.
    — Martin Short
    I've done lots of improv things but not a whole movie.
    — Martin Short
    tags: movie 
     
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