In their combined opening monologue for Saturday Night Live, Steve Martin and Martin Short gave it their all, reading each other’s eulogies and shocking the audience with Selena Gomez‘s surprise appearance.

The December 10 episode of Saturday Night Live marked Martin’s 16th time hosting the programme and Short’s third. Before digging into one other’s eulogies, the comedians took a moment to reflect on previous hosting duties.

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Who is Martin Short?

Martin Short is a versatile actor and comedian known for his work on stage, screen, and television. Born on March 26, 1950, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Short grew up in a working-class family and attended Westdale Secondary School.

After completing high school, Short attended the University of Windsor where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in social work. However, he quickly realized that his true passion was in the performing arts and decided to pursue a career in acting.

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Short made his Broadway debut in the 1980s in the hit musical Little Me and went on to star in several other productions, including The Goodbye Girl and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He is also well known for his work on television, including his iconic roles as Ed Grimley on SCTV and Jiminy Glick on The Martin Short Show.

In addition to his comedic talents, Short is a skilled impressionist and has performed as various characters on Saturday Night Live and other shows. He is also a talented writer, having written several books and screenplays throughout his career.

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In addition to his acting and writing, Short is also an accomplished musician. He has released two albums, If I’d Saved, I Could’ve Been Rich By Now and The Secret Life of Algernon, which showcase his comedic and musical talents.

Short has been recognized for his work with numerous accolades, including a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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In his personal life, Short has been married to Nancy Dolman since 1980 and the couple has three children together – Katherine, Oliver, and Henry. Dolman died of ovarian cancer on August 21, 2010.

In 1980, Nancy Dolman’s brother, screenwriter/director Bob Dolman, who worked with Short on SCTV’s Emmy-winning writing team, also married Andrea Martin, a close friend, and coworker. Jack and Joe, the couple’s two children, call Short their uncle. Since then, Bob Dolman and Andrea Martin got divorced (2004). Short is the first cousin of Clare Short, a former British cabinet minister and member of the British Parliament.

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Despite his busy career, Short remains active in various charitable organizations and is a strong advocate for mental health awareness.

According to, Short has an estimated net worth of $50 million.