Martin Short drew raucous laughter Friday night at a comedy event titled “Netflix Is a Joke.” The gathering at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood was held to promote the streaming giant’s ever-growing lineup of stand-up comedy specials and as part of its Emmy campaign push.
Short is starring in the upcoming comedy special Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. When asked why his other half wasn’t there, Short, 68, quipped about Martin’s age.
“Steve is older than me, and even when we tour, he doesn’t really tour. He just wanders off,” Short said about his now 72-year-old Three Amigos co-star.
Short then turned the tables on Apatow, who recently returned to stand-up and has his own Netflix special aptly titled Judd Apatow: The Return.
The two joked about whether Short and Martin’s stand-up special is a “cash grab,” and who has made more money in Hollywood over the years. They finally decided Apatow had earned the most, after writing and directing such hit films as Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. Which raised the question of why was he doing stand-up, after finding so much success in movies?
Apatow later said the one thing that’s off limits in his stand-up routine is wife, Leslie Mann. “She said, ‘don’t talk about me,’ ” he admitted.
Wong injected the conversation with a little more seriousness by admitting her Netflix special, Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife, changed her life and her career after it debuted.
“The ticket sales went up in my hometown San Francisco, and literally at the same place where I couldn’t sell out all the tickets, they sold out within 30 seconds on Live Nation,” she said, adding that some people were even willing to pay $3,000 to see her.
As for Notaro, she explained why she decided to tape her comedy special, Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here in Houston. “I spent a part of my childhood in Houston and I had not performed in Houston in probably over a decade,” she said.
The reason she avoided the city was because she had been told there was no fan base there for a gay, female comedian such as herself.
“My agent told me there was no audience for me there,” she said.
But once she returned to Texas, she got a huge welcome.
“It felt nice go to back to Houston,” she admitted.