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September 3, 2008

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
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Comic Actor Martin Short to Perform at UT Tyler Cowan Center

Martin Short

UPDATE 09.12.08: The performance of Martin Short has been cancelled due to the unsafe conditions that are predicted with the arrival of Hurricane Ike.

Refunds for the Martin Short event will be available to the purchaser Monday, Sept. 15 through Friday Sept. 26.

Persons who charged the ticket by credit card can call for a refund. Persons who payed with cash or check must come to the box office during normal business hours, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sept. 15 - 26 for a refund.

Emmy and Tony Award winner Martin Short will perform at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 13, according to Susan Thomae-Morphew, UT Tyler Cowan Center director.

Short’s performance, which opens the Gotta Have It! season, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Some content may not be suitable for young audiences.

The performance is sponsored by Sherilyn A. Willis M.D. Four Seasons Women’s Health and Laura Hankla Johnston CFP Wachovia Securities.

Media sponsors are East Texas Radio Group, KETK 56 and The Tyler Paper.

Tickets are available at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office or online at www.CowanCenter.org. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance. To reach the box office, call 903.566.7424.

“Four local people will be included in Short’s performance, interacting with the characters Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick, so don’t miss the fun of seeing a local celebrity or neighbor on stage,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Short started acting while studying to be a social worker and performed in musical theater and cabaret before joining Toronto’s Second City troupe. He was part of the “SCTV Comedy Network” ensemble in 1982 and spent a year on Saturday Night Live before turning to motion pictures.

He made his big screen debut in “Three Amigos” with Chevy Chase and Steve Martin. From there he went on to portray the hero in “Innerspace” in 1987. Short gave a scene-stealing performance as Franck, the European wedding coordinator in the 1991 remake of “Father of the Bride.”

Other films include “Three Fugitives,” “Pure Luck,” “Clifford,” “Jungle to Jungle,” “Captain Ron” and “A Simple Wish.”

He earned an Emmy award for “The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show” and a Tony award for “Little Me.” Short also appeared on Broadway in “The Goodbye Girl” and “Fame Becomes Me.”

Known for creating memorable characters, most notable are Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick. Short also is known for his dead-on impressions of Katharine Hepburn, Jerry Lewis and Robin Williams.


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