Steve Martin and Martin Short on avoiding Trump jokes: 'We’re not here to preach'
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While many of their peers in Hollywood are more vocal than ever in speaking out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE, Steve Martin and Martin Short say they’re purposely avoiding the subject.

“When it comes to politics, you don’t want to make half the audience feel like they’re inappropriate,” Short, 68, said in an interview with IndieWire published this week.

Martin, 73, says it wasn’t until after the 2016 election that the comedic duo nixed politics during their two-man act.


“Before the election, we did a lot of Trump material, a lot of political material, and it was fine,” Martin said. “After the election, you started to hear comments from the audience, whether it was a yay or a boo, and we said, ‘We don’t want that. We’re not here to preach.’”

While Martin and Short — who star in the Netflix special “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life” — are veering away from politics, other Hollywood veterans have taken the opposite approach.

In June, Robert De Niro made headlines when he took to the stage at the Tony Awards and repeatedly declared “F--- Trump.” Countless other stars have railed against the 45th president on social media and in interviews, while late-night TV hosts, including Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, regularly skewer Trump during their opening monologues.

But Martin says, “For me, it’s not my forte.”

“I’m not known as a political comedian for a reason — I actually made a choice a long, long time ago. I just feel it takes the audience out of the show a little bit.”

Martin and Short constantly rib each other during their touring show. Short says the secret to yukking it up onstage together is “the audience has to believe there’s no malice involved.”

“It’s like what families do,” Martin said. “I can see that it’s not going to work for a lot of people. People are sensitive.”

“I think [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceNorth Korea is everybody's problem, so Trump must change his approach Mark Levin calls Trump 'first Jewish president' Pence: It's not a 'foregone conclusion' that lawmakers impeach Trump MORE and the president couldn’t do it,” quipped Short.