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Martin Short grills his 'It's Only a Play' castmates in exclusive outtakes

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Martin Short may be a new addition to the cast of the Broadway hit It’s Only a Play, stepping in for Nathan Lane, but that doesn’t stop him from lightly (and hilariously) harassing his castmates including Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing in these outtakes from the play’s commercial shoot.

Broderick is on the receiving end of some of Short’s most brutal treatment: he mispronounces his name, asks, “you played Simba in…Sophie’s Choice?,” and takes a call as they chat. F. Murray Abraham knows how to handle Short, however. When Short asks what the “F” in his name stands for, Abraham doesn’t miss a beat, saying: “It stands for famous.”

Short plays James Wicker, the television star friend of Broderick’s playwright Peter Austin in Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy. Katie Finneran has also joined the cast, taking over for Megan Mullally, while Maulik Pancholy of 30 Rock occupies the role once held by Rupert Grint.

It’s Only a Play is also changing theaters, and is re-opening at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre this Friday.

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