"The show started at 2. They had me get there at 1. I walked in and Martin Short was just walking around. He said 'Are you here to do my makeup?' I said, 'I probably could but no, I'm not your artist.'"
Her actual marching orders involved delivering champagne toward the end of the show. With no lines to rehearse yet time to kill, it would have been tempting to swoop in for a selfie. Ever the pro, Davis kept her cool.
"I didn't say anything to those guys," she said. "They were getting in performance mode and I didn't want to wreck that."
My colleague Liz
Miniet was among the fans in the audience. Her paraphrased recollections:
After an intro of film clips the two came on stage, and started with a jocular back-and-forth.
"You look like a coloring book that hasn’t been colored yet," Short said.
Quipped Martin: “Martin Short” is the name I use when I check into a hotel so no one will bother me."
Short jokingly dubbed the event the “if we had saved, we wouldn’t be here” tour.
Martin played banjo with the Steep Canyon Rangers; at one point Short showed up in drag to exaggerate the song’s storyline.
Short’s musical bit included some piano-top musings (including showing off his colorful socks), then some remembrances of his dad (who drank a bit much and spoke quite bluntly).
There was also a section where the two sat down and exchanged stories, including the time Short met Frank
Sinatra and the time Martin attempted to elude paparazzi on St. Barts by staging awful photos.
After Davis brought out the champagne the duo noted Prince’s recent concert at the Fox and toasted him.
On Monday, Davis said the experience was a most memorable one.
"I just sort of did my thing," she said. "The first time I did it I was a little nervous. The best part is people were cheering for me!"
Since her bit came at the end she had the best possible seat, twice, for nearly the entire show.
"It was so exciting to watch the show from back stage," she said. "As much comedy as it is it's very serious, watching them making their marks, the timing. It was a fun, fast-paced show."
There's no question what her favorite part was: "Sitting next to Steve Martin while he was tuning his banjo. It was so out of body. For me it was really special. I don't take that for granted."