Martin Short Headlines New Speaker Program at the Palisades Library


Live programming from the Friends of the Palisades Library will resume at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, with Emmy- and Tony-winning actor, comedian and author Martin Short.

Short, the star of the hit series “Only Murders in the Building,” will inaugurate the Friends’ new Writers, Artists and Musicians Series, which will present talks by authors and creative professionals with ties to Pacific Palisades.

Short is a longtime resident and was the town’s honorary mayor in 1998-2000.

The program will be held in person at the Palisades Library community room, but due to Short’s popularity and limited seating capacity, seats are no longer available. To receive the streaming link, please select the Live-Stream Registration option at

“We are positively thrilled to return with live programming in the Community Room in such a big way,” said Laura Schneider, president of the Pacific Palisades Library Association. “Martin Short is a national treasure, but those of us in the Palisades are especially fond of him for being such a terrific neighbor and one of our most illustrious former honorary mayors.”

Short’s appearance at the library comes during one of the busiest periods of his professional career. This fall, he has been on a live comedy tour with Steve Martin. And this month, he is filming “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Anniversary” for ABC.

In early December, Short will host “Saturday Night Live” for the fourth time since starring in the show in the mid-eighties. Then in early 2023, he will spend several months in New York filming the third season of “Only Murders in the Building,” one of Hulu’s most-watched comedy series, which co-stars Short, Martin and Selena Gomez.

“Only Murders in the Building” has been nominated for 17 Emmys, with Short garnering nominations both as a producer of the show and for Best Comedy Actor. His other recent television credits include the critically acclaimed “The Morning Show” and the PBS series “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!”

In 1994, Short was awarded the Order of Canada, the Canadian equivalent to British knighthood. His 2014 memoir, “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend,” was a New York Times bestseller.

“The library is the heart and soul of the Palisades,” Short said, “and I know how much the community missed it when the library was closed due to the pandemic and then the fire.

“I am pleased to support Friends of the Palisades Library as they work to re-establish our library as a vibrant hub of community activity,” Short said.

The program on December 1 will be preceded by a reception with Short at 6:30 p.m. The reception is open exclusively to current members of Friends of the Palisades Library, and tickets are no longer available. To join or renew your support of the Friends and receive early notification of future speakers in the new series, please visit

Martin Short, Selena Gomez and Steve Martin star in Only Murders in the Building.
Photo: Caitlin Cronenberg

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