Martin Short Reveals the Woman Who Inspired His Nathan Thurm 'SNL' Character (Video)

And recalls her reaction to finding out during an interview on “Late Night With Seth Meyers”

Martin Short got a wave of “Saturday Night Live” nostalgia Thursday night on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” revealing the inspiration behind his Nathan Thurm character, who inhabited a 1985 recurring bit about a shady lawyer who would always avoid hard-hitting interview questions.

“The approach of Nathan Thurm was deny, deny, deny. No, I didn’t. You think I did? That’s so funny you think that,” Short told Meyers during an interview. “He would deny, and then when cornered, reverse and pretend he always knew, and then lash out at the interviewer.”

“Christopher Guest was doing the weekend update and I’d say, I know that. You don’t think I know that? I was there. And by the way, why would I even listen to you? ‘Cause you’re so bland and boring with nothing to offer,” he continued. “It’s exactly what the Washington types do.”

Short said the inspiration for the character actually came from someone on set.

“There was a head of makeup that year,” he said. “She’d look at you, [you’d] sit in the chair and she’d dab. ‘You look tired… none of your features match, this is tough for me.’ Negative energy. And finally, you’d say, ‘Marion, I look a little pale don’t I?’ And she’d say, ‘I know that. You don’t think I know that? I’m a makeup artist, I would know that.’”

“And she always chain-smoked,” he continued. “I put a wire down the middle of mine so when I smoked it the ash would never ever fall off,” he said. “And then I go down to the set and I forget that Marion is going to be there… so she’s over there with her cigarette, I’m over here with my cigarette.”

As they rehearsed the scene, the makeup artist unknowingly echoed Short’s lines.

“The director goes ‘Cut, he’s sweating,’” he said. “And Marion goes, ‘I know that. You don’t think I know that? I’m a makeup artist, I know that.”

Short recalled the moment that she finally confronted him at the end-of-year party.

“She finally found out. Her assistant got drunk after the last show,” he said. “She confronted me at the final party and I said, ‘Marion, you know impersonation is the highest form of compliment!’ And she said, ‘I know that. You don’t think I know that?”

Summer TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)

  • Summer is in full swing, and everyone is staying at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Luckily, dozens of new and returning shows are premiering this summer. The list includes some big titles like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Umbrella Academy,” plus original shows for new streaming services HBO Max and Peacock.

    The CW/HBO Max/Netflix/TNT

  • Series:  “The Chi”   Net: Showtime   Premiere: Sunday, June 21   Time: 9 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:  “Perry Mason”   Net: HBO    Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21    Time: 9 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series: “Yellowstone”    Net: Paramount Network    Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21    Time: 9 p.m.

    Paramount Network

  • Series: “NOS4A2”    Net: AMC/BBC America    Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21   Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC

  • Series:  “B90 Strikes Back!”    Net:  TLC     Premiere Date:  Monday, June 22      Time: 8 p.m.

    TLC

  • Series:  “Greenleaf”   Net: OWN    Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 23    Time: 9 p.m.

    OWN

  • Series:  “Celebrity Show-Off”    Net:  TBS   Premiere Date:  Tuesday, June 23    Time: 10 p.m.

    TBS

  • Series:  “Doom Patrol”    Net: HBO Max/DC Universe    Premiere Date: Thursday, June 25    

    DC Universe/HBO Max

  • Series:  “Search Party”    Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date: Thursday, June 25  

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “The Twilight Zone”    Net: CBS All Access    Premiere Date: Thursday, June 25   

    CBS All Access

  • Series:  “Dark”     Net:   Netflix    Premiere Date:  Saturday, June 27     

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Black Monday”   Net: Showtime    Premiere Date:   Sunday, June 28  Time: 8 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:  “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”    Net: HBO    Premiere Date:  Sunday, June 28   Time: 10 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “Unsolved Mysteries”    Net: Netflix     Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 1     

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Marriage Boot Camp”    Net: We TV    Premiere Date: Thursday, July 2    Time: 9 p.m.

     

    We TV

  • Series:  “Carl Weber’s The Family Business”    Net:  BET+        Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 2        Time: 9 p.m.

    BET+

  • Series:  “The Baby-Sitters Club”    Net: Netflix    Premiere Date: Friday, July 3    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Hanna”    Net: Amazon Prime Video    Premiere Date:  Friday, July 3  

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Outcry”    Net: Showtime    Premiere Date: Sunday, July 5     Time: 10 p.m.

     

    Showtime

  • Series:  “Stateless”      Net:  Netflix       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 8     

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Tough as Nails”    Net: CBS    Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 8     Time: 9 p.m.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Close Enough”    Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 9    

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Expecting Amy”   Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 9     

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Cannonball”    Net:  USA        Premiere Date:   Thursday, July 9       Time: 8 p.m.

    USA

  • Series:  “Chrisley Knows Best”    Net:  USA     Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 9        Time: 9 p.m.

    USA

  • Series:  “Greatness Code”    Net: Apple TV+    Premiere Date:    Friday, July 10   

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “Little Voice”    Net: Apple TV+    Premiere Date:    Friday, July 10    

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “P-Valley”    Net: Starz    Premiere Date: Sunday, July 12     Time: 9 p.m.

    Starz

  • Series:  “Brave New World”    Net: Peacock    Premiere Date:     Wednesday, July 15   

    Peacock

  • Series:  “The Capture”    Net: Peacock    Premiere Date:   Wednesday, July 15   

    Peacock

  • Series:  “In Deep With Ryan Lochte”    Net: Peacock     Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 15    Time: N/A

    Peacock

  • Series:  “Intelligence”    Net: Peacock    Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 15  

     

    Peacock

  • Series:  “Married at First Sight”    Net:  Lifetime       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 15         Time:  8 p.m.

    Lifetime

  • Series:  “United We Fall”    Net:  ABC        Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 15        Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “The House of Ho”  Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:   Thursday, July 16  

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Indian Matchmaking”    Net:  Netflix        Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 16        Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Killer Camp”    Net:   The CW       Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 16        Time:  8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Cursed”    Net: Netflix         Premiere Date: Friday, July 17         Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Absentia”    Net:  Amazon Prime Video        Premiere Date:  Friday, July 17     

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “The Alienist: Angel of Darkness”    Net:  TNT     Premiere Date: Sunday, July 19    Time: 9 p.m.

    TNT

  • Series:  “The Andy Cohen Diaries”    Net:  Quibi        Premiere Date: Monday, July 20         Time: N/A

  • Series:  “Die Hart”    Net:  Quibi        Premiere Date:  Monday, July 20        Time: N/A

  • Series:  “Love on the Spectrum”    Net:  Netflix        Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 22        Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Corporate”    Net:  Comedy Central        Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 22         Time: 10:30 p.m.

    Comedy Central

  • Series:  “Room 104”     Net: HBO     Premiere Date:     Friday, July 24    Time: 11 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “Wynonna Earp”    Net:   Syfy       Premiere Date:  Sunday, July 26       Time: 10 p.m.

    Syfy

  • Series:  “Helter Skelter: An American Myth”   Net:  Epix       Premiere Date:   Sunday, July 26       Time: 10 p.m.

    Epix

  • Series:  “Don’t Look Deeper”    Net:  Quibi        Premiere Date:  Monday, July 27        Time: N/A

  • Series:  “Last Chance U”    Net:   Netflix       Premiere Date:  Tuesday, July 28    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “The Dog House”   Net: HBO Max     Premiere Date: Thursday, July 30    

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy”    Net:   Netflix       Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 30      

    Netflix

  • Series:   “The Frayed”   Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 30   

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Muppets Now”     Net: Disney+     Premiere Date: Friday, July 31     

    Disney+

  • Series:  “The Umbrella Academy”     Net: Netflix     Premiere Date: Friday, July 31  

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Real Housewives of Potomac”    Net: Bravo         Premiere Date:  Sunday, Aug. 2        Time: 8 p.m.

    Bravo

  • Series:  “Taskmaster”    Net: The CW         Premiere Date:  Sunday, Aug. 2        Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Fridge Wars”    Net:  The CW        Premiere Date:   Sunday, Aug. 2       Time: 9 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “The Fugitive”    Net: Quibi         Premiere Date: Monday, Aug. 3      

    Quibi

  • Series:  “Catfish”    Net:  MTV        Premiere Date:    Wednesday, Aug. 5      Time: 8 p.m.

    MTV

  • Series:  “Coroner”    Net:  The CW       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, Aug. 5        Time: 9 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Star Trek: Lower Decks”    Net: CBS All Access         Premiere Date:  Thursday, Aug. 6       Time: N/A

    CBS All Access

  • Series:  “Selling Sunset”    Net:  Netflix    Premiere Date: Friday, Aug. 7    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein”    Net:  Lifetime        Premiere Date:  Sunday, Aug. 9        Time: 8 p.m.

  • Series:  “Mapleworth Murders”    Net:  Quibi        Premiere Date:  Monday, Aug. 10     

    Quibi

  • Series:  “Hard Knocks”    Net: HBO         Premiere Date: Tuesday, Aug. 11         Time: 10 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:   “Ted Lasso”     Net:   Apple TV+      Premiere Date: Friday, Aug. 14      

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji”    Net: Amazon Prime Video         Premiere Date:  Friday, Aug. 14      

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Lovecraft Country”    Net: HBO         Premiere Date: Sunday, Aug. 16         Time: 9 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “Dead Pixels”    Net: The CW       Premiere Date:  Tuesday, Aug. 18        Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Lucifer”    Net:  Netflix        Premiere Date:  Friday, Aug. 21    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness”    Net:   HBO Max       Premiere Date:   Thursday, Aug. 27       Time: N/A

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Love Fraud”     Net: Showtime     Premiere Date: Sunday, Aug. 30   Time: 9 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:  “A.P. Bio”    Net: Peacock         Premiere Date: Thursday, Sept. 3      Time: N/A

    NBCUniversal

  • Series:  “Away”    Net:  Netflix        Premiere Date:  Friday, Sept. 4       Time: N/A

    Netflix

  • Series:  “The Boys”    Net:  Amazon Prime Video        Premiere Date:   Friday, Sept. 4       Time: N/A

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Woke”    Net:   Hulu       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, Sept. 9        Time: N/A

    Hulu

Here’s when 76 broadcast, cable and streaming series debut and come back

Summer is in full swing, and everyone is staying at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Luckily, dozens of new and returning shows are premiering this summer. The list includes some big titles like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Umbrella Academy,” plus original shows for new streaming services HBO Max and Peacock.

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