The Concert For the North Americas
60 minute Showtime special, aired 20 November 1985.
Martin Short's first live concert, interspersed with studio sketches and a wraparound featuring Jackie Rogers Jr. Co-produced by the CBC, this aired as The Martin Short Comedy Special in Canada in March of 1986. Written by veterans of the SCTV team, including Dick Blasucci, Paul Flaherty, Michael Short, and of course Martin Short, and directed by SCTV's John Blanchard. Featuring Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers Jr, Irving Cohen, Jerry Lewis, and lawyer Nathan Thurm.
1 Backstage I: Before Show Prayer
Martin and his manager pray for a good cassette deal on the special.
Martin Short; Rajiv Vindaloo (manager) - Christopher Guest; family - extras; Humphrey - Don Dickinson; Gil - Howard Jerome
2 Concert: Martin Short: Intro, I Am Me
Martin sings a song all about himself.
Martin Short; Gil - Howard Jerome
3 Concert: Doug Henning
Doug Henning performs some illusions. The spirits of illusion don't cooperate.
Doug Henning - Martin Short; girls, crew - extras; announcer - staff announcer
1b Backstage II: Jackie Rogers Jr
Jackie rehearses his number ('Movin On Up') backstage. It doesn't go over very well with Buddy. At the donut table, two thugs grab him and put him in the trunk of a car.
Jackie Rogers Jr - Martin Short; Buddy - extra, Levy (voice); pianist - extra; Marcel - Candy; Eddy - Levy; Humphrey - Don Dickinson
4 Concert: Full Moon Sketch
Ed is excited by his cousin's upcoming wedding. His cousin's brother, Mr Talbot arrives, and behaves very strangely, possibly because the moon is full.
Ed Grimley - Martin Short; Mr Talbot - Thomas
1c Backstage III
Gil watches tv backstage.
Gil - Howard Jerome; Pierre Trudeau - Short
5 TV: Promo: Tender Fella
From some of the producers of Tender mercies. Jerry works off a debt at a gas station, and bonds with Rosalee and her son.
Jerry Lewis as Mac - Martin Short; Susan oliver as Rosalee - Nancy Dolman; Mickey Shaunessy III - extra; announcer - staff announcer
6 Jackie Rogers Jr Part 1
The thugs carry Jackie up to their apartment.
Mr Fenton - Short; Marcel - Candy; Eddy - Levy
7 Concert: Announcement
Yolanda has a few announcements during the delay in the stage show. She then sings a blues version of 'Like a Virgin'.
Yolanda Devillbis - Martin
6a Jackie Rogers Jr Part 2
'Stupid' Eddy screws up and reveals their names. Marcel punishes him. They are asking for 3 million ransom. However, it turns out to be a gag for Hulk Hogan's mid-season replacement show 'Gotcha'. Jackie hugs the Hulk and gets tossed out the window into the back of a truck carrying a lion.
Mr Fenton - Short; Jackie Rogers Jr - Short; Marcel - Candy; Eddy - Levy; Hulk - extra; crew - extras
1d Backstage IV
Gil boots Trudeau out of his chair and watches more TV.
Gil - Howard Jerome; Pierre Trudeau - Short; Humphrey - Don Dickinson
8 TV: I Married Monty
Monty gets ready for dinner.
Montgomery Clift - Martin Short; Wife - Duke; kids - extras; announcer - staff announcer
9 TV: Irving Cohen's 90th Birthday Celebration
Irving is honored by his peers. Irving gives a speech to start the celebration. Charlton then stands up a gives a tribute, showing some footage from the 50s.
Documentary: HUAC Hearings
Footage of the McCarthy era; Charlton interviews Nathan Thurm, McCarthy's right-hand man.
Nathan Thurm - Short; Charlton Heston - Flaherty; Irving Cohen - Short
Charlton toasts Irving. For live entertainment, they bring out the lion tamers, only to find Jackie Rogers Jr.
Irving Cohen - Short; Edie - extra; sons - extras; Martina Navratilova - Short; Charlton Heston - Flaherty; Jackie Rogers Jr - Short; announcer - staff announcer
10 Concert: Paul Shaffer
Paul plays Nutrocker. Martin comes out sings a song. They do some schtick.
Paul Shaffer; Martin Short