Short People

Martin Short's bloated talk-show parody, Primetime Glick, lacks an appetite for destruction

Why won't you kiss my prosthetic fat? Martin Short and Janeane Garofalo
Why won't you kiss my prosthetic fat? Martin Short and Janeane Garofalo

But then, jokes about homosexuality have long been considered safe on the small screen. When it comes to other targets, the show simply isn't mean enough. Not just to its guests, necessarily, but to the shameless toadying that now passes for interviewing, the unquestioning acceptance of star prerogatives as some sort of inalienable royal principle. Were it more merciless in its treatment of Glick himself, Primetime Glick would be the acid-drenched vision we need of a child raised by Entertainment Tonight. Unfortunately, Short hams it up when he should snarl, lending Glick more sympathy than he deserves. In his mind, this probably means that he's winning--in whatever race it is that he's running.

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