Homegrown funnyman Martin Short has used spot-on celebrity impersonations and iconic characters as a vehicle to bring laughter to the world throughout his storied career, and this year he's cruising straight for a lifetime achievement award. The Hamilton-born comedy legend and Saturday Night Live alum will receive the honour at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards, it was announced on Tuesday (Jan. 12) by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.
The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the country's film and television industries, which Martin has provided in spades throughout the course of his 30-plus-year career. "Martin Short’s creativity, talent and exuberance are boundless,” Academy chair Martin Katz said in a statement. “In movies, television shows and onstage, his sharply observed comic characters have won him a loyal following among audiences and critics around the globe."
The 65-year-old comic made a name for himself in the early 1980s, producing the beloved sketch-comedy show Second City Television with his McMaster University classmates, Canadian icons Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas. His stint at Saturday Night Live helped launch a long-standing presence on big and small screens, and was the testing ground for what would become one of Martin’s most iconic characters, the endearingly awkward celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick.
Martin hosted the Canadian Screen Awards in 2013 and 2014, the same year he released his memoir I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend. In the book, the comic opens up about life after losing his beloved wife of 36 years, Canadian actress Nancy Dolma. The couple had one of show business's most enduring marriages until Nancy passed away from ovarian cancer in 2010. “I’m still very much married to Nancy,” he wrote.
The 2016 Canadian Screen Awards will air March 13 on CBC.