Primetime Glick (2001–2003)
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Martin Short is without a doubt the funniest human being who has ever lived. His Jiminy Glick character is especially funny, and obviously so "inside" most people don't even get it...or do they?
Martin Short is the only heterosexual man who can make Bette Davis and Katherine Hepburn impersonations funny for us straight men. Please don't take this as a homophobic view, rather, it is testament to Short's incredible talent. He's just funnier than a conventional drag queen or a female impersonator. He does what he does, and his straight audience laughs because it's funny, while his gay audience falls off their chairs because it's so hilariously campy and cruel.
Today I watched an episode of Primetime Jiminy and watched Short do a reenactment of Sal Mineo's murder with marionettes. Imagine that...a famous gay murder played out with cheap puppets -- it was so patently gay, yet only a small percent of those watching (and laughing) would understand how horribly and morbidly funny it really was.
C'mon, we all know Jiminy Glick is Merv Griffin -- it's so beyond funny because Martin Short is essentially a straight drag queen.
From Adrian's opening line "Am I the only one who needs a Glick fix?" the show never ceases to keep me in stitches.
Martin Short is excellent at keeping the laughs coming a mile-a-minute. The wacky character of Jiminy never allows for the celebrity interviews to slow down or get dull, and the celebrities "play along" very well, although they often have to hold back from breaking into hysterics.
One of my favorite parts of the show, which no one has mentioned so far is "Jiminy's home movies" where we see "home movies" from Jiminy's personal life, usually involving his relationship with Dixie, his alcoholic and clinically depressed wife.
It's a brilliant show, from beginning to end, and I hope it lasts for many seasons.
There are parts of the show that are quite scripted, but still hilarious. For instance, the 4-5 minute interview with Nathan Lane, who has had a stellar stage and film career, consisted mostly of conversations about the NyQuil commercial Lane did in the mid-80's, and what it was like to work that "old drunk actor with the three parts, the names and the initial" (George C. Scott). In this exchange it was obvious that Lane had no idea what the questions would be, and the laughter of Lane's was infectious.
The vocal inflections that "Glick" uses are funny enough to carry the show, but the exchanges with the guests during the interview, and the sheer ridiculousness of the questions carry it over the top.
The show always begins with a monologue, or sorts, in which Jiminy offers his thoughts of the day, usually something to do with tabloid journalists. It always ends with the in-studio guest and Glick in the sauna. Both are funny. Sprinkled throughout the show, as bumpers to the commercials, are parody spots that are a little hit and miss sometimes. My two favorite so far are Tommy Lee Jones starring in a movie where he becomes the new Pope. Imagine Jones' MIB role as the pontiff. Short, as Conan O'Brien, walking the Walk of Fame advocating a star be awarded to "The Guy With The Mustache from Cheers" (John Ratzenberg) is another good one.
To me, this is a Must-See show. Watch it, you'll love it !
Short is never afraid of doing something new and unique to get a laugh rather than using direct parody. Both Glick and his sidekick Adrien Van Voorhees (played by the underrated actor/comic, Michael McKean) are hilarious in how eccentric they are. The interesting this about Glick is that it is not that he is fat that is funny, it is how it complements his personality. It is the package that is funny and not just "Martin Short in a fat suit".
Explaining the premise doesn't do any justice to "Primetime Glick" and I dare say it may take a few viewings to truly understand the humor of this show, but once you find it you will be hooked, I promise!
The only short I ever found funny was "Tom Green in Afghanistan," and I probably only like that because I love Tom Green and always enjoy when other comedians try to impersonate him. That skit was shown about five minutes into the premiere episode. It all went downhill from there. Thank God Comedy Central canceled this god-awful show.
He's talented beyond belief so after watching this gosh-awful mess, I have to wonder -- Why?
Very few comedy programs hit the satire of Late Night Television, the last being the wonderful "Larry Sanders Show" but Martin's portrayal of a slovenly, rude, disgusting interviewer Glick makes rude and obnoxious Chris Matthews of "Hardball" seem more entertaining.
Maybe Martin's idea was to finally have a "hefty" man be a talk show host to ask the questions real talk show hosts skip over but to me, this particular portrayal is annoying, and very, very boring. I'm not entertained and I never laughed ONCE during any of the programs I've sat through.
But, the good news is, I really like Martin Short's commercials for the A&E Channel. Now that reminds me of how talented and overlooked he really is. This doesn't.
The premise of the show is a camp guy in a fat suit. This may hold your attention for a skit, and may even raise a smile, but a whole series? Maybe some senior citizens find the idea of a camp guy on TV quite funny. Or perhaps kids will split their sides at an obese guy. Well, they can have it.
Short plays a chat show host who insults his guests by not listening. And that's about it. Maybe, if the guests were really uncomfortable, or if Short were to ask some awkward questions, it would have some comic value. The guests try to have fun with it, but it just falls flat. In most cases the guests are funnier, and add more to the show than Short himself (after all, they are playing themselves, and are pretending to be "insulted" at the same time).
I assume the guests participate out of pity or respect for Short. But if you have that many great talents on your show (Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Conan O'Brien, etc.), and you fail to raise a laugh, it's time to pull the plug.
Primetime Glick is a show where Jiminy Glick (short) interviews current celebrities.
Definitely a show for anyone. One of comedy centrals funny shows.