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Martin Short Joins 'Tax Man' Sitcom

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 27th 2010 2:02PM
Martin ShortMartin Short will be joining David Krumholtz in the new Fox comedy series 'Tax Man.' Short will be playing an obnoxious, overbearing boss in the vein of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy on '30 Rock.' That description might be a bit of an exaggeration.

While Martin Short did give an impressive dramatic turn on 'Damages,' he's no Alec Baldwin. He plays the little neurotic guy much better than he could play a confident businessman with ethical issues like Jack Donaghy. He'd be better off playing characters like Leo Bloom in 'The Producers'.

The combination of David Krumholtz and Martin Short is an interesting one. It would be worth tuning in just for that. Hey, both have even appeared in 'The Santa Clause' movie franchise.

Can Short pull this role off? It's television and anything is possible. Short could create a character that is a combination of Jack Donaghy and Leo Bloom, maybe with a little Ed Grimley thrown in for good measure.

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Colin Bruce Anthes

Talent is talent. Unusual casting is taking a chance on finding an outside-the-box interpretation, and I highly approve! We've seen De Niro do comedy, supposed pretty-boy Heath Ledger win an Oscar for playing a psychopath, a blond James Bond work brilliantly (first movie), etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I love seeing actors cast who aren't the first cliché choices that spring to mind. And I've always been impressed with Short's ability to switch from complete sketch comedy caricature to human characters one can empathize with. I look forward to seeing what he does here!

March 29 2010 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debra Wise

I agree with you, they should have cast a dramatic actor that could handle the confident businessman formality that suddenly gives way to either sardonic wit or a terrifying menace. For example, Ray Wise, in his role as the Devil on Reaper, laughed with demonic mirth, was possessed of a sardonic wit, and his eyes held a glint of wicked bemusement. Wise was nominated by the Television Critics Association for INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY along with
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)

Ray Wise as an overbearing obnoxious IRS tax man--now that would be funny.

March 27 2010 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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