Martin Short made this promise in a recent telephone interview: "Mr. Glick will be there and will talk to somebody from the audience."
Short, who occasionally adopts the guise of Jiminy Glick, the star of "Primetime Glick" on Comedy Central, will appear Saturday at the Silver Legacy in Reno. One of Short's most beloved characters, Glick is a sometimes clueless and often merciless interviewer on the Hollywood scene.
"If there's a celebrity in the audience, it's even more fun," Short said. "When I did my Broadway show, I proposed that we have, for instance, Tom Hanks on opening night and Rose Marie on the third Wednesday matinee.
"We never had to invite. In fact, it became so popular for celebrities to be onstage with Jiminy that we had to hire a separate booker just to schedule those who wanted to participate."
The Broadway show was called "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me," and the format was similar to the one he'll adopt at the Silver Legacy.
He often names his concerts. Past editions have reflected his sense of humor, often irreverent "If I'd Saved, I Wouldn't Be Here" and "Sunday in the Park with George Michael."
"I don't have a name for the Reno show, but I usually follow a very loose format on stage," he explained. "It's a faux journey through my life, part of it true, part of it made up. It's a party with Marty. I'll bring out my characters, and I'll go back to when I was a kid in my attic interviewing celebrities.
"I'll interview Katharine Hepburn, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, among others."
Short became known for his characters, those he created for "SCTV," like the aging songwriter Irving Cohn and the weird Ed Grimley, a character who became obsessed with "Wheel of Fortune" when he was revived for "Saturday Night Live."
Short also created his memorable wedding planner, Franck, in "Father of the Bride" and "Father of the Bride Part 2." ("Franck will make an appearance in Reno, also.")
"I've always been fascinated with celebrity, not to worship it but to wonder about anyone in power," he said. "These people have whole staffs whose only job seems to be to worry about how they feel or what they eat. It's ridiculous.
"When I was a kid, and I'm 60 now, to be on television, other than to be on, say 'Queen for a Day,' you had to be somebody. You had to have a reason to be there. You could be a journalist or an actor, but you had to be somebody. It's open now to everyone, and it's become so dumbed down."
Short was nominated last year for an Emmy for his portrayal of Leonard Winstone in "Damages."
"I went to the Emmy ceremony, and I didn't know if somebody was a seat-filler or a nominee," he said. "I recognized so few people. I wound up just congratulating everyone."
"Damages" was one of Short's few serious roles. His first was many years ago when he was in "Fortune and Men's Eyes." He's not likely to go back to serious stage roles anytime soon, though.
"If you don't know how you're going to pay the rent, that is when you do what you have to," Short said. "My contract with my audiences now is to be an entertainer. That's what I enjoy the most. Concerts are very free for me. I need to win over an audience in 90 minutes. I love that challenge."
Still, he hardly restricts himself to such work. He's been a guest on Bill Maher's HBO show, for instance, most recently last month.
"That can be a little daunting," he said. "There are specific talents there with areas of incredible expertise. I'm sitting there with people like James Carville. Still, I can hold forth on subjects like health care. I'm Canadian, and it still astounds me that I can sit at a dinner table, and somebody will say universal health care doesn't work in Canada. It seemed to work just fine for us."
Short has a few projects in the works:
"I'm going to do more than one voice in a new animated film called 'Frankenweenie,' directed by Tim Burton, so you know that's going to be interesting." (He previously appeared in Burton's "Mars Attacks.")
"I'm going to be doing an HBO special in Toronto."
"I'm also writing a book. I've been reading 'The Moon's a Balloon' by David Niven, his book of memoirs, and recently I flew to an event with Carl Reiner. When we were on the plane, he was so generous with his stories from 'The Dick Van Dyke' show to 'The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.' I was inspired."
"If you've got great stories, share them. That's what I'm going to do."
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Silver Legacy, 407 N. Virginia St., Reno
Cost: $30, $50
Information: (800) 687-8733, silverlegacy.com