Martin Short Impersonates Bette Davis and She's Not a Fan - Carson Tonight Show
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Martin Short Impersonates Bette Davis and She's Not a Fan - Carson Tonight Show - 01/07/1988
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  • Ms. Wonderful
    Ms. Wonderful

    People can make any remark really about what they think they know or don't or whatever the bottom line is Martin Short isn't Incredibles f****** Talent

  • Ms. Wonderful
    Ms. Wonderful


  • VHS Gold
    VHS Gold

    I feel just like Bette. What is everyone laughing at? This guys is not funny. And where did he do the impression of her? I must have missed it.

  • Suzanne

    Was Betty Davis anorexic?

  • David Savian
    David Savian

    Today's talk show hosts like Fallon, and the NBC host after him (that shows how bland he is, I don't even remember his name and he has been on the air for a few years), don't compare to how good shows (talk shows, variety shows, sit-coms and dramas) used to be. How is it that instead of tv becoming better due to cable and the internet competition, it got worse and didn't evolve.

  • David Savian
    David Savian

    This is the moment when Bette realized that the days of being overly serious and acting superior were over and that charisma, humor and confidence over took her presence in a show.

  • Cantatrice Chauve
    Cantatrice Chauve

    I'm not feeling Martin Short's body language 7:40-7:52. I suppose he's worried about his performance as a Johnny Carson's guest, but he moves his arms so broadly that she has to back down so he won't touch her. He has no conscience of the space he takes? Also, he wasn't respectful when he talked to her, and I don't like how he turned his back on her. She's not only an elder, but she's a legend. And I do no see him acknowledging that at all. The more I mature, the more I see how problematic his behaviour is toward women.

  • britturk123

    Betty Davis just made a short man feel very tiny with one witty remark.

  • fullofdebt


  • Maggie P
    Maggie P

    Those really were the days of late night entertainment. Pure joy, laughter, no angry political pseudo-comedians. Yeah, like a different world. 😔

  • Battlejurist

    Just not funny

  • Alan Domagalski
    Alan Domagalski

    I don't like anyone offending Betty Davis I don't care how funny you are LOL

  • Lynda Czika
    Lynda Czika


  • Bruce Silverman
    Bruce Silverman

    Makes the late night talk of shows of today look REALLY lame...

  • Your name here
    Your name here

    Martin did a joke about a walrus riding a bike carrying a surfboard. It was so funny and he called the walrus Wally the Surfing Walrus. It was so funny!

  • Alan Morris
    Alan Morris

    I remember when this aired in 1988. I was 26-years-old and Bette Davis died one year later. Bette Davis was as blunt and frank as Lucille Ball. If she liked you, great! But, if she didn't... to hell with you!

    • Pistola.Utalkin2Me

      I was 26 that August, loved the Tonight show and Letterman right after

  • tina boslego
    tina boslego

    aw, someone give the lady a footstool

  • Robert Emanuel
    Robert Emanuel

    For sure, she is NOT a fan! It's amazing she even talks to him. But I don't think it's Martin himself, rather, his "art" is not what hers was -acting- nor could it ever be, even though it IS "acting" in a way to impersonate. Even the generation gap is not the difference here; quite simply, she was an accomplished actress, and he's a comedian-impersonator: like softball versus baseball.

  • Frank G
    Frank G

    I don’t think he’s funny at all.

  • Laura Warren
    Laura Warren

    I'm glad the lead in was misleading, she didn't respond negatively to him or even recognize that he was impersonating her lol...but I'd hate to think of anyone not being a fan of Martin Short😋 He's always been a favorite of mine.

  • Sandi

    I didnt think this dood was funny at all.....just loud.

  • Snow White
    Snow White

    This was so awesome.

  • Dan S
    Dan S

    Awkward to have an elderly woman ignored.. while a young egocentric male does his thing.

  • alex fernando Huenten
    alex fernando Huenten

    Stepmother good movie

  • John Hart
    John Hart

    Johnny cracking up is the best

  • Seventies Memories
    Seventies Memories

    The body language of Martin Short and Betty Davis . . they are each in their own realm - but tolerating each other. Miss the days of multiple guests on talk shows, interacting in the most unusual ways... Now it's just one by one, and the host controls all. Similar to what has happened in society.

    • Cantatrice Chauve
      Cantatrice Chauve

      Yeah, but I think Betty Davis was legendary enough to not have to share a space with a hyperactive Martin Short.

  • V Vytautas
    V Vytautas

    Short ain't funny but is quirky.

    • Youngstown ComicCon
      Youngstown ComicCon

      @Bradley Miller extremely hilarious!

    • Bradley Miller
      Bradley Miller

      He's HILARIOUS.

  • maxtheknife

    Waaaaaay back when SNL was funny.

  • Michael Clayton
    Michael Clayton

    That boom mic

  • Jay Cuzman
    Jay Cuzman

    The fact that he barely acknowledged MS. Davis in the beginning, Taps her shoulder as a afterthought several minutes of being on the show, tells me he has no respect for her as a legend or as a person. Rather he is nervous, talented in his own right, he is missing being a gentleman first.

  • Terri Caldwell
    Terri Caldwell

    His Katherine Hepburn was "Marvelous"!

  • Toddly

    That was a *VERY QUICK* ten minutes and five seconds, Martin Short is a master impersonator. I enjoyed *every second* of this video clip. 😎👍

  • Kara A
    Kara A

    If we quit medicating boys for ADHD, maybe we'd have more of this.

    • Ruth Dederick
      Ruth Dederick

      Beautiful thought! It’s really society and schools that need to be more accepting of kids out of the box. Kids with ADHD don’t succeed without conformity to rigidity.

    • Bruce Merrill
      Bruce Merrill

      Quit? I think Short got into the boys ADHD medication!

  • M2 M
    M2 M

    Watching this clip I can see jimmy Fallon trying so hard to be Johnny with all the laughing

  • NEB

    Funniest man on the planet.

  • Bruce Sees all
    Bruce Sees all


  • Diana Hulstine
    Diana Hulstine

    3 of my all time favs

  • Ertha J. Thicke
    Ertha J. Thicke

    Imitation is the best form of flattery!

  • SkateorDie666420

    Jiminy 1:34

  • david shepherd
    david shepherd

    I love Bette Davis but the cigarette smoking was rude and inconsiderate of everyone else being interviewed. She was an absolute chain smoker.


      That was unfortunately just accepted

  • Dodie Odie
    Dodie Odie

    I was hoping he'd give Bette some Joan Crawford.

  • David Higginbotham
    David Higginbotham

    I read his book about show business: SHORT ON TALENT.

  • sus

    Betty's throwing shade 😆

  • Whodathunkit Whodathunkit
    Whodathunkit Whodathunkit

    Such a funny man. Thought Johnny was going to fall off his chair!

  • Biodynamixxx

    I always admired Martin Short bc he never used curse words! Heaven is lucky to have him! RIP Martin!

    • Dr. G
      Dr. G

      He’s still working. I think he’s been touring with Steve Martin (also still alive).

    • Mathew Karedas
      Mathew Karedas

      ....uuuummmmm.......he’s still alive🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Markus E
    Markus E

    I can't remember Martin ever disappointing me in his movies/TV. I am SO in a hurry to see him in "Only Murders In The Building" on Hulu!

  • hitothecamera

    Really enjoyed this 👌 ☺

  • joseph dixon
    joseph dixon

    It official Martian short created Jim carey lol 😆

  • mr Meerkat
    mr Meerkat

    Katherine Hepburn is imperonation is brilliant and the Bette Davis.

  • J silverheals
    J silverheals

    he certainly was not a humble person I am sure he would act the same way no matter if queen of england or if President Kennedy was there.

  • CoachHayes100

    Remember the Non-Smoking section of the Air-Planes? Go figure!

  • Dorothy B
    Dorothy B

    Betty doesn't seem too impressed

  • David Batterson
    David Batterson

    So funny, so talented. Love his impersonations.

  • Jason Hutchinson
    Jason Hutchinson


  • Jason Gilmore
    Jason Gilmore

    Martin Short is annoying--- Johnny was kind to laugh at a lot of that. Short is also a jerk in person...

  • Garry Harris
    Garry Harris

    Bette Davis was "Knock-Out" beautiful in Cabin in the Cotton 1932.

  • J Cali
    J Cali

    Johnny developed emphysema from his heavy smoking for decades. You can hear his smokers cough a few times during this video. What a wonderful talent he was. Miss late night shows like these.

  • Ben Kleschinsky
    Ben Kleschinsky

    Chevy, Martin, Short. The best team SNL ever had in my book!

    • Chelsea is Here
      Chelsea is Here

      S. Martin was never a cast member C.Chase & M. Short were only there for 1 season.

  • LegalEagleGurl

    Martin Short is one of the great comedic talents. I love his “Ed Grimley” character. I so miss Johnny Carson. No one on the late night circuit right now can hold a candle to him!

    • Ruth Dederick
      Ruth Dederick

      Look at what talent he had to work with though!

    • Bisley Blackhawk
      Bisley Blackhawk grandmother (rest her soul) thought Johnny Carson was the “straightest and most handsome man she had ever seen”...THAT was when late night TV was entertaining...I miss those days/nights before they were replaced with the pure political shitholes on the TV now 😕🙁☹️😞😔...don’t get me started on the digression of SNL 😡🤬😡🤬

    • Ferretocious

      I'm going absolutely mental I must say!!!

    • Roger Whitby
      Roger Whitby

      Johnny Carson , one of a kind. Miss great late night hosts . David Letterman another good one 😂😂

    • Cheryl R Leigh
      Cheryl R Leigh

      There are no words for the brilliance that is Martin Short. He is a comic genius and the very best of his generation.

  • Sandy Freyman
    Sandy Freyman

    It's so funny he does betty davis when he starts and then when he tells her she's hard to do but oh my she can't see he's doing her in imitation. 😆

  • oops

    Isn’t that amazing that you could Smoke on these shows!!

  • Jan501


  • Nick L
    Nick L

    He’s annoying to listen to. This isn’t even funny in the least.

  • Coco C
    Coco C

    Bette was about 40 here. At her prime. Have another smoke

    • Josephalfonso Amantia
      Josephalfonso Amantia

      She was in her 80's. She died a year after this show.

    • George Maxwell
      George Maxwell

      40?!!! My goodness she looks much older.

  • The Gaming Kitchen
    The Gaming Kitchen

    This is a bygone era. The torch was still being passed

  • Dale Andrews
    Dale Andrews

    Bette doesn't seem flattered as she should be, that's for sure.

  • Abraham Ortiz
    Abraham Ortiz

    I'm only 53 But those times where beautiful ❤️

  • Patricia McCaffrey
    Patricia McCaffrey

    This interview was way too long. This guy is annoying. Does not have the class to be in the presence of Bette Davis.

  • lesley james
    lesley james

    This was one of the worst ever. But funny to watch how it was not funny 😁

  • Jonathan Vitelli
    Jonathan Vitelli

    He is the best. No one like him

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