Martin Short Impersonates Bette Davis and She's Not a Fan - Carson Tonight Show
Martin Short Impersonates Bette Davis and She's Not a Fan - Carson Tonight Show - 01/07/1988
#johnnycarson #martinshort #bettydavis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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.

    • Karen Gandler
      Karen Gandler

      @John Belvin Certainly not by making his guests look good.

    • John Belvin
      John Belvin

      How Jimmy Fallon got the job I don't know.

  • 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

  • Alexx Baudwhyn
    Alexx Baudwhyn

    Wow A steady camera focused on professional, classy entertainers for more than 20 seconds, discussing and displaying their craft. Haven't seen that since the 80s The whole short-attention-span school of videography and production started in the 90s and only got worse every year to now. Swooshy jerky cam, sound bite size dialog, dumbed down dialog.

  • dailyflash

    Wow, Martin Short is so relaxed here, in a good way. Very confident and comfortable.

  • A N
    A N

    The lozenge thing is classic - heard that many years ago.

  • Laurel Faletra
    Laurel Faletra

    too much Martin, not enough of Bette...he is just annoying

  • Hedy Did
    Hedy Did

    Bette was skin and bones at this time

  • Fair Meliboea
    Fair Meliboea

    One of the best character actors of all time! His Katherine Hepburn impersonation is next level. Dang I miss the 80's!!

  • Julia Jones
    Julia Jones

    So funny! The impersonations are so good. You just don’t see much of that anymore.

  • David

    What can you say that hasn't been said. Certifiable genius...

  • JaneJeffer

    God he is funny!

  • mancsakacarl

    jofful watching johnny buzzing.

  • Carolyn Murphy
    Carolyn Murphy

    I'm bored already

  • Aimee

    Love Martin Short! You now instinctively he’s an authentic person. A heart of gold. 💜 (forgive my typo) 🤭 know

  • Keith Lentz
    Keith Lentz

    Forwarded to James Carnes that’s related to Kim Carnes musician that sings Hit Tune ‘Betty Davis Eyes’

  • Kim Cat
    Kim Cat

    😆 8:07 is the 2nd time Martin impersonates Betty and she doesn't realize it! He first did it at the beginning 0:18 classic 👍

  • curt anschuetz
    curt anschuetz

    So great. Kept waiting for the Trump bashing but it never came.

  • fanfare100

    I couldn't help but notice the bellows of smoke Bette Davis was blowing in his direction throughout. XD

    • Matt Dixon
      Matt Dixon

      The 80s were awesome.

    • Yank ee
      Yank ee

      Wow - you're really right on top of things.

  • satcher2001

    She's probably thinking "WTF?....." He is a little much, bouncing from one high-energy character to another. Different brand of entertainment than Bette. LOL.

  • Blanca Llama productions
    Blanca Llama productions

    All these has-been old Hollywood types act bored because they were used to a lott of action back in the day, I guess if someone isn't on a drug cocktail or committing a public raping then it's just passe to them.

  • Johnny Punish
    Johnny Punish

    Bette is an international treasure...the greatest actress ever

    • Yank ee
      Yank ee

      This is very disrespectful of her.

    • NFL1976

      Thank you for your post!

  • Angela Tillman
    Angela Tillman

    Omg! I loved Ed Grimly!

  • W. S
    W. S

    Martin Short is a brilliant actor and comedian

  • Joe Vuzekaz
    Joe Vuzekaz

    Martin Short, my favorite comedian.

  • Charles Byrd
    Charles Byrd

    Betty Davis did not suffer fools gladly

  • Sharon Sassone
    Sharon Sassone

    Wow! The Queen Herself Better Davis sits beside Marty Short and asks him to immigrate her! He just throws a few words to her instead of initiating a full conversation in her voice with her! A missed opportunity! He probably regrets that from time to time! I a fan of both of them, great talents, just different!

  • Ladaa Halib
    Ladaa Halib


  • Vowel Sounds
    Vowel Sounds

    At some point, having some young clown make fun of you and your friends is probably not so funny. Bette Davis gave us all a lot. Matin needs to be careful to respect/honor her even as he needles her and so many of her friends.

  • Greg Butcher
    Greg Butcher

    Personally I thought Martin short was rude to Betty Davis

  • JayRTea2187

    Can you imagine Bette Davis just sitting next to you in silence while you do your comedy shtick? Can't relate.

  • Neva Mo
    Neva Mo

    Bad ass broad♥️

  • Sheila Wilson
    Sheila Wilson

    I really love Martin Short and I enjoy Betty as well ☺

  • Ed Wellington
    Ed Wellington

    "You must be born again to see the kingdom of God." Jesus There's more to life than comedy.

    • Rick Roehler
      Rick Roehler

      Shut the hell up...

    • chris fetko
      chris fetko

      I bet you're fun at parties

  • Ondine Bult
    Ondine Bult

    Oooooh it's the genesis of Jiminy Click

  • pasha veres
    pasha veres

    This was fun. His Jerry Lewis sounds a bit more Adam Sandler to me.

  • Dan Rosner
    Dan Rosner

    He is so talented, you wouldn't know it actually watching him yet to act. It's so strange. He's incredible. But when you see him in a movie or trying to be goofy, it's unbearable.

  • Free Ranger
    Free Ranger

    I’m pretty sure martin Short is now Cathy Griffith

  • Richard Franta
    Richard Franta


  • Matthew H
    Matthew H

    Those Bette Davis Eyes

  • William Levi
    William Levi

    Can't get over the cloud of cigarette smoke she's puffing out. Amazes me how people sat there un fazed by that back then..

    • William Levi
      William Levi

      @Christopher Hendricks Thank God we've evolved.. I can't even imagine a world of people puffing in your face..

    • Christopher Hendricks
      Christopher Hendricks

      Yes. I remember being a kid in. The 80s and 90s. You could smoke in any restaurant and even the mall had ashtrays. Definitely was different times.

    • Surfs Up
      Surfs Up

      Every smokers smoke warfs in someone's face. And they don't care. Cigarette smokers are the ultimate don't give a shitters.

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      Chris W

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    • Chris W
      Chris W

      @mamabluejean Thanks :-)

  • K Kesler
    K Kesler

    When comedy was king… BTW who are these 2K people down voting this… LOL poor bastards😂

    • K Kesler
      K Kesler

      @Max Smith you’re young aren’t you Max? 😂

    • Max Smith
      Max Smith

      She could not act at all.

  • Patrica Williams
    Patrica Williams

    He needs medication.

    • Max Smith
      Max Smith

      She was rude as can be. She blew smoke in his face. I would tell her to move or put it out.

  • Kennedy Rayani
    Kennedy Rayani

    Martin is brilliant even now

  • Robin Daigle
    Robin Daigle

    Miss Bette Davis herself ❤

  • Max Smith
    Max Smith

    All the comments about the lady. Spare me. She was just an actress and one I could never stand to watch. Carol Wayne was a legend. Davis was a reason to flip the channel.

  • Valerie Pearson-Vipenergetics
    Valerie Pearson-Vipenergetics

    Betty had no clue he was doing her. I love Martin Short! Especially In the boy who couldn’t wait for Christmas!

    • NFL1976

      "Betty had no clue he was doing her." Clearly, it is you who are clueless!

  • Stand Up Stevie
    Stand Up Stevie

    Wow LOVED that Robin Williams impersonation!!

  • Stand Up Stevie
    Stand Up Stevie

    I hear jiminy Glick in that voice he did very HIGHHHHHHH then very lowwwwwwww

  • larry robinson
    larry robinson

    Don't blame her