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Jean Oelrich
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Martin Short, long on talent, the famous movie and TV star spends two uproariously entertaining evenings of song, dance and humor with Pacific Symphony Pops

Orange County, Calif. — March 11, 2016

Martin Short

It’s an unpredictable and undeniably fun time when multitalented and multifaceted comedy legend Martin Short joins Pacific Symphony for a hilarious evening of song, dance and laughter. Short, a celebrated comedian and actor, has won fans and accolades in television, film and theater since his breakout season on “Saturday Night Live” almost 30 years ago. In addition to his SNL appearances, the Emmy and Tony-award-winning actor is best known for his scene-stealing roles in “Father of the Bride” and “Three Amigos.” Led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, the concert’s first half includes well-known television personality Pat Sajak (“Wheel of Fortune”) with a narration of “Casey at the Bat,” before vocalist Whitney Kaufman joins the orchestra to help celebrate her father Richard’s 25th Anniversary leading Pops for Pacific Symphony.


The concert takes place on Friday-Saturday, April 15-16, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35-$165. For more information or to purchase tickets call (714) 755-5799 or visit

“I’ve worked with Martin Short on several occasions in the past and it’s always a complete joy,” says Maestro Kaufman. “His incredible creativity and talent is matched by his genuineness and true professionalism. The audience is going to absolutely love him!”

During Kaufman’s big anniversary season, he has found himself surrounded by people he is close to, and this concert is no exception. He and Sajak, for instance, are old pals, but the good-natured maestro balks at the description: “Neither Pat nor I are ‘old,’ but we ARE long-time friends…almost 40 years! I love it when we can be on stage together. He’s an extremely busy guy, but whenever I’ve asked him to join me for a concert appearance, the answer has always been an enthusiastic ‘yes.’ And we really do have WAY too much fun on stage (and for that matter, off-stage too).”

As for his daughter, Whitney, who has been the guest soloist with a number of major orchestras both in the United States and overseas (including Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, the London Symphony and most recently with the St. Louis Symphony), Kaufman remarks, “The reviews for her performances have been amazing! She’s the consummate professional, as well as (if I may say so) being a fantastic singer and all-around performer. And she absolutely loves singing with orchestras. To say I’m proud of her, both as a person and as a performer, would be one of the greatest understatements ever uttered! It’s always a thrill to work with my precious daughter, Whitney.”

And then, of course, there’s Short. “Martin will bring all sorts of things to our shows…singing, comedy and undoubtedly some surprises,” Kaufman says. “People can expect to be really happy they were lucky enough to be there.”

A showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada, Short transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.” The sidesplitting comic began his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City, until he hit the big time for comedians by joining “Saturday Night Live.” From there, Short went on to memorable roles in movies to Broadway stardom in “Fame Becomes Me” and the Tony-winning “Little Me.” In 2015, Short took over Nathan Lane’s Broadway role in the immensely successful hit, “It’s Only a Play.”

Among his most indelible comedic characters are the manic man-child, Ed Grimley, the slimy corporate lawyer, Nathan Thurm, and the offensively insensitive interviewer, Jiminy Glick. Throughout, Short has freely shared the spotlight with friends, colleagues and collaborators, among them Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Gilda Radner, Mel Brooks, Nora Ephron, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Paul Shaffer and David Letterman.

Short won his first Emmy in 1982 while working on Canada’s SCTV Comedy Network, which brought him to the attention of the producers of “Saturday Night Live,” where he became a fan-favorite for his portrayal of wacky characters. His popularity and exposure on “Saturday Night Live” led him to cross over quickly into feature films. He made his debut in “Three Amigos” and followed with “Inner Space,” “Three Fugitives,” “Clifford,” “Pure Luck” and Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks.” One of Short’s most memorable roles was in the remake of “Father of the Bride,” as Franck the wedding planner, a role he reprised a few years later in “Father of the Bride Part II.”  Short is also featured in the animated film “Madagascar 3” and the Tim Burton film, “Frankenweenie.”

An accomplished stage actor, Short won a Tony and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role in the revival of “Little Me.” He was also nominated for a Tony and took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical version of Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl.” Short co-wrote and starred in “Fame Becomes Me,” causing The New York Times to describe him as “a natural for live musicals, a limber singer and dancer who exudes a fiery energy that makes you want to reach for your sunglasses.”

 Short returned to television in an Emmy-nominated role for the mini-series “Merlin” and host of “The Martin Short Show,” which garnered him seven Emmy nominations. He also wrote, produced and starred in three comedy specials, winning two Cable ACE awards and an Emmy. In 2001, he launched “Primetime Glick,” garnering another five Emmy nominations and was nominated for his 19th Emmy award in 2010 for his work as the lawyer, Leonard Winstone, on the critically acclaimed FX series, “Damages.” More recently, he appeared on the CBS hit comedy series “How I Met Your Mother” in the recurring role of Garrison Cootes. His voice can be heard as the Cat in the critically acclaimed PBS series “Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.” His memoir titled “I Must Say” was released late in 2014.

“It’s always a tremendous blessing as a conductor to have the opportunity to stand in front of an orchestra,” says Kaufman. “The 25 years have flown by, and I am so appreciative of the great kindness of the audiences, and the spirit they bring to the shows we do.  Presenting a concert is the ultimate team effort, and I have been thrilled to be part of a terrific team at Pacific Symphony…the staff, the musicians, the crew backstage and, of course, the audience have made it all so exciting and such an amazing gift. And frankly, most of the time I feel the same energy as if it were the first performance I was going to conduct!”

Pacific Symphony’s Pops series receives support from Avenue of the Arts Hotel, PBS SoCal and K-Earth 101. The Friday night concert is generously sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank.