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Shorts shtick makes Glick tick

That famed Hollywood icon Jiminy Glick is back, odd and obnoxious as ever.

If you haven't experienced Hollywood's painfully clueless interviewer of the stars on 'Primetime Glick,' you're missing out on Martin Short's most wildly hilarious shtick since his 'Saturday Night Live' days as Ed Grimley.

If there were more prime-time comedies with as many laughs as this, the networks wouldn't be ready to kiss the format goodbye.

Short's talents simply explode Ñ just as his Pillsbury Doughboy-shaped character looks ready to burst, what with his form-fitting suits and air-filled face. As Glick, Short shows up with phony triple chin, flabby neck and extra-extra-extra large midsection. His muscle tone has the texture of fresh doughnuts Ñ a hefty bowl of which is always placed on Glick's interview set for his conspicuous consumption.

What makes it funnier, though, is that Glick's brainpower is as soft as his body. The talk show host with enough gyrations to power a small city will invariably lose his train of thought during the opening monologue.

His harp-playing bandleader with the fancy name of Adrian Van Voorhees always comes to the rescue, reminding Glick where he was before heading off in some bizarre direction.

Digression is the point of 'Primetime Glick,' which continues its third 10-week season at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Comedy Central with guest stars Eric McCormack of 'Will and Grace' and film actor Jack Black.

Therein lies the beauty: Real guests come on the show to be questioned by Glick about their real careers. Right there is where common sense stops and the welcome insanity begins Ñ Glick knows painfully little about those he interviews, leading to questions that make absolutely no sense.

In last week's show, Glick mistook rapper Ice Cube for Vanilla Ice; later, while interviewing Brendan Fraser, Glick was unable to recall what movies Fraser had made. This week, Glick asks McCormack what character he plays on 'Will and Grace' (that would be Will) before the conversation turns into an analysis of 'The Love Bug.'

The first time I saw Short's Glick character came during occasional bits on the short-lived 'Martin Short Show,' a daytime talk show. They may well have been the only entertaining parts of the show, which otherwise featured way too much of Short talking and nowhere near enough listening to what his guests had to say.

Short obviously learned from the experience, because the Glick character studiously avoids connecting intellectually or any other way.

Between interviews, Short plays a variety of characters, including a bitter, aging movie actress who resembles a bitter, aging Bette Davis. It's funny stuff, but not as rip-roaring as the interview segments, which could use some smoother editing. It's obvious there is some interplay left on the cutting room floor.

Otherwise, settle back for the next few Wednesdays and prepare for the best Ñ and the wonderful worst Ñ of Jiminy Glick.

Pete Schulberg is the host of 'Portland's Morning News' on KPAM (860 AM). Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..