A Canadian comedy icon will be recognized for decades of hilarity when Martin Short receives a lifetime achievement award at the next Canadian Screen Awards.

“His creativity, talent and exuberance are boundless,” said Academy Chair Martin Katz. “In movies, television shows and on stage, his sharply-observed comic characters have won him a loyal following among audiences and critics around the globe. Throughout, he has remained an enthusiastic supporter of the industry here at home. We were elated with Marty’s invaluable contribution to the Academy’s re-branding and the launch of our Canadian Screen Awards as host of the first two successful broadcast galas.”;

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Star of SCTV and Saturday Night Live on the small screen and such films as Father of the Bride and Three Amigos, the comedy icon has been chosen to be honoured for his contribution to Canadian comedy.

“Marty is a national treasure and we are thrilled to add him to our Canadian Mount Rushmore of comedy,” says Barry Avrich, Executive Producer of the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.

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The native of Hamilton, Ont., will be honoured at this year’s CRA ceremony, which will be broadcast live on March 13.