Irving Cohen

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Long-lived, stogie-smoking Tin Pan Alley songwriter played by Martin Short. He would frequently ramble, name-drop Al Jolson and Sophie Tucker, and then tell an off-screen piano player to "gimme a C, a bouncy C!" and then ad-lib a song.

He first appeared on SCTV (18 February 1983), and like Jackie Rogers Jr., Short took the character with him wherever he was working, like Saturday Night Live.

He's written over two thousand songs! Two of his hits from the 1920s and 1930s are "Ain't She a Cutie" and "The Dame From Nightly High."

See also


  • Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas, 1985, TV special
  • "The Irving Who Came to Dinner" episode of The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley, 3 Dec. 1988.
  • Episode 110 of Muppets Tonight, July 14, 1996
  • Episode of Primetime Glick, 25 July 2001
  • I, Martin Short, Goes Home 2012, TV special

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