Hamilton-born actors Martin Short, Luke Kirby nominated for 2023 Emmys


Published July 17, 2023 at 11:54 am

Martin Short stars in the Hulu murder-comedy series Only Murders in The Building. CRAIG BLANKENHORN/HULU

Iconic Hamilton-born actor and comedian Martin Short has been nominated for an Emmy for the second straight year.

The 73-year-old is being recognized this year for his starring role in the Hulu series Only Murders in The Building. That brings up his Emmy tally to 15 nominations and two Emmys.

The 75th Emmy Awards announced July 12 that Short was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his work on Only Murders In The Building. The murder-mystery comedy is about three fans of true crime podcasts who eventually record their own as they investigate murders in their building. The series also stars legendary American comedian Steve Martin and global pop star Selena Gomez, who were not nominated for their roles in the show this year.

Short’s competitors for the 2023 best actor in a comedy series  category are: Bill Hader (Barry), Jason Segel (Shrinking), last year’s winner Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) and Jeremy Allen White (The Bear).

Along with being nominated for the same award last year, Short was nominated as executive producer for Outstanding Comedy Series – 2022 for the show. Ted Lasso of Apple TV+ won the award last year.

The former Hamiltonian won his first Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program in 1983 for his work on Canada’s SCTV Network on NBC. That led to Short’s big breakout role on Saturday Night Live, where he won many fans for portraying characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm and famous songwriter Irving Cohen, according to online entertainment website IMDb.

Short won his second Emmy in 2014 for the Outstanding Variety Special category as performer and host of AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks on TNT.

Short had dabbled in pre-med and sociology studies before majoring in social work at McMaster University in Hamilton. 

Once asked why he was in show business, he reportedly replied: “Two words, sweetie: balloon mortgage. And the need to be loved.”


Hamilton-born Luke Kirby, 45, is up for a 2023 Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/NBC

Hamilton-born The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actor gets Emmy nomination

Luke Kirby, 45, is the second actor with Hamilton roots nominated for an Emmy this year for his guest role as comedian Lenny Bruce on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. He is competing for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a Prime Video dramedy series starring Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein and Michael Zegan. It tells the tale of Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a young 1960s housewife who discovers that she has a talent for stand-up comedy after her husband leaves her.

Kirby, a Canadian-American actor, is competing for an Emmy against Jon Bernthal (The Bear), Nathan Lane (Only Murders in the Building), Pedro Pascal (Saturday Night Live), Windsor, Ont. native Oliver Platt (The Bear) and Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso). He received the same nomination in 2020. He had already won a Primetime Emmy Award for the role in 2019, according to IMDb.

Kirby was born in Hamilton to American parents who had moved to Steeltown from New York City in the 1970s. 

Kirby graduated from Montreal’s National Theatre School of Canada in 2000.

This year, Succession dominates the Emmy nominations list with 27 nominations. The Last of Us has 24, The White Lotus 23 and Ted Lasso 21.

The 75th Emmy Awards will air on Fox on Sept. 18 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. from the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles. 

The Emmy awards recognize the best in programming, performances and storytelling on television and across multiple platforms.

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