Appearing alongside Martin and Chevy Chase in her first movie role, “I was the Cheap Amigo,” Short said. “Like, Carrot Top has passed by, and now who are we going to?” “
Despite a creditable resume that included stints on “SCTV” and “Saturday Night Live,” Short said he was impressed with Martin. “For the first two weeks I had to pretend to be myself by being relaxed,” he said. But during the shoot, he said, “we laughed a lot and played Scrabble a lot.”
Thirty-five years later, the Hulu series features them as Charles (Martin), a vaguely famous actor in a long-ago televised crime drama, and Oliver (Short), a once-sexy Broadway director who longs always another shot in the spotlight. .
John Hoffman, who is the showrunner of “Only Murders in the Building” and shares credit with Martin for creating the series, said the crux of the series was not the age of its main cast but the idea of ”three single people who find a sense of connection.” Noting his previous work on the Netflix comedy ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Hoffman said, “There was already a lot on this show about aging and the issues that come with it. I said very consciously, I don’t want to start over.
Even so, as Hoffman and his colleagues planned the new show, they were hesitant to make its three main characters too similar. Recalling those conversations, Hoffman said, “Don’t we want an alien in their world? The thing you don’t expect, doesn’t it make sense? “