Man behind the skits

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Martin Short is part of my childhood memories, watching “The Three Amigos” with friends and “The Father of the Bride” with my parents, and he has inspired recent laughs with my son, who watches “Santa Clause 3” … over and over.

“You can’t escape me!” exclaimed Martin Hayter Short, 62, who prefers to be called “Marty.”

The Tony and Emmy Award winning comic actor, writer and producer will bring his characters to life on stage when he comes to the Marina Civic Center on Dec. 15, the night after he hosts a Christmas special on “Saturday Night Live” with Paul McCartney as the musical guest.

“The show is kinda like me on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ except without the cast,” he said. “Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers … Jiminy with surprise guest screens all over, music. I might go out in the audience and bring three guys on stage for ‘The Three Amigos.’ ”

The 1986 film starred Marty as Ned Nederlander alongside Steve Martin and Chevy Chase.

His phone voice was more demure than I recall from movies, but Marty’s laugh was recognizable. I thanked him for all of the laughs he has given me and my favorite characters he brought to life, but he doesn’t pick favorites.

“They’re all kind of my favorite,” Marty said. “They’re your creation … picking a favorite would be like picking a favorite child,” and that’s something this father of three — Katherine, Oliver and Henry — never would do.

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