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‘Only murders in the building’ Martin Short has something funny in mind – Orange County Register

“Only Murders in the Building” star Martin Short is the new mayor of the small California town named Funner.

Known for his television work on “SCTV” and “Saturday Night Live” and appearances in films such as “Father of the Bride” and “The Three Amigos,” Short – who is currently enjoying a successful run on the show Hulu “Murders” starring Steve Martin, Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep and Jane Lynch – is now trying his hand at celebrity mayor duties.

“Being here this morning is kind of a dream come true,” Short said during his grand opening at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, located in Funner, on Monday, May 13. “Even as a kid, I loved playing cowboys and Native American casino owners.

The ceremony was hosted by former Funner Mayor Lynch, who passed the torch to Short. The costars threw playful jabs at each other and made the crowd laugh.

“I once asked Jane what she would do if she wasn’t a talented comedic actress and she said, ‘That’s probably what you do,'” he joked . “It’s always fun with Jane, whether you’re taking away her mayoral job or making a scene. She is a wonderful, adorable, sweet and talented person.

Short follows in the footsteps of other famous city mayors, including Lynch, Rob Riggle and David Hasselhoff. The original municipal position is the result of the casino’s rebranding strategy, a years-long effort that culminated in 2016 when the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians renamed 40 acres in north San Diego County — home to the huge hotel complex and casino – and got it recognized. as a new city and GPS destination.

Short has no political experience, aside from playing President Jack Nicholson’s press secretary in the comedy science fiction film “Mars Attacks!” » Short will work in tandem with the Funner City Council, led by Jill Barrett, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Resort Southern California, to scale up the fun in the city as its fourth mayor. During his two-year tenure, Short will collaborate with the property’s in-house marketing team and lead the casino in several promotions, including the launch of specialty menu items like Short Stack Pancakes and Mayor’s Choice Cosmo. The famous actor also received a key to the city, presented by the president of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Bo Mazzetti.

The property will also air two commercials, in which Short will promote his reign as mayor in the coming weeks. One is a bit of Short playing different characters within Harrah’s, and the other is a musical number. Short credited the direction of the commercials to screenwriter Matt Roberts, who previously worked on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and said he hoped it would give visitors an idea of ​​what to expect with him as mayor.

“I hope this brings peace and happiness to everyone in Funner, and that they have even more fun than they have right now,” he said. “If they have more fun, I will take full responsibility.”

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