I concede that Tall Poppy Syndrome is a Canadian tradition, but my criticism in this case is not an instance of TPS. It is precisely because I admire Martin Short and realize he is capable of extraordinary comedic brilliance that I have come to expect better from him than what he delivered in this particular program. I may even ask for a refund. The price of taking comedic risks is that sometimes they pay off and sometimes they don't. I admire his courage in taking chances creatively, and I look forward to future work where those risks pay off better, as we have seen them do so many times in his impressive body of work (with the entire Jiminy Glick phenomenon, in my opinion, being his most brilliant work to date, particularly the Jiminy Glick movie).
I think my attitude is similar to the attitude of some diehard fans of the Ticats, who are at times harshly critical of Ticat teams not out of resentment for the team, but out of a desire to see the team rise to even greater heights.
And since you are in NZ I'll mention that I think Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are geniuses, and I'm envious of the Kiwis who get to see them on tour this summer.