The History of Martin Short’s Doug Henning


Who doesn’t love Martin Short’s impersonation of Doug? Aside from being dead on accurate, it’s still remembered to this day as one of the best he’s ever done. Maybe that’s because Short actually knew his subject all too well.

You see, Martin Short attended college with Ivan Reitman and Doug at McMaster University up in Canada. While he was a few years behind them both, it was during that time he was able to soak in the essence of what made Doug, well, Doug. 

In fact, Doug talked more about his opinion of Short’s impersonation in this 1985 snippet from an interview for the “Chicago Tribune.”

Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 11.27.55 AMDoug always seemed to be able to laugh at himself didn’t he? Unfortunately, the featured photo above is from an SNL skit that is sadly not anywhere online for viewing. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Anyway, to satiate your hunger for Martin Short as Doug, enjoy this clip from “The Martin Short Comedy Special.” While I first featured this some time ago, it’s always great for a refresher!


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