13 of the Funniest Jokes from Steve Martin, Martin Short and the Rest of the ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Cast

The true-crime spoof has a killer comedic cast with a long resume
13 of the Funniest Jokes from Steve Martin, Martin Short and the Rest of the ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Cast

It’s a miracle that Only Murders in the Building works. It’s a murder mystery that must also succeed as a comedy, while starring two incredibly old men and a woman over 40 years their junior. On paper, the show’s audience feels scattershot among folks who enjoyed old-school Saturday Night Live and Murder She Wrote mixed with those who remember purity ring-era Disney Channel. Yet thanks to the immensely talented cast, they manage to pull it all off.

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To celebrate the new season and showcase the series’ endless talent pool, let’s indulge in some of the funniest moments from the stars and guests on Only Murders in the Building...

‘The Three Amigos’

Steve Martin and Martin Short joined Chevy Chase in this hilarious movie about three out-of-work actors from silent cowboy films who must live up to their fictional personas. Chase was the asshole of the group, not just because of his reputation but because he killed the Invisible Swordsman.

Selena Gomez in an Irish Play

On Saturday Night Live, Gomez played an understudy in an Irish play who clearly didn’t remember the lines or could commit to an Irish accent.

When Gomez Explained the Lyrics of ‘WAP’ to Her Co-Stars

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Gomez discussed playing “WAP” by Cardi B on the set of Only Murders in the Building and needing to explain some of the lyrics to Martin and Short (oddly not the explicit parts).

Martin’s Sex Jokes

“I used to make a lot of sex jokes during my show, and I’ve pretty much cut them out. I think the reason I made the jokes was because I was insecure. I’ve grown more secure. As a matter of fact, I quit using amateur-phylactics; I only use the prophylactics now.”

When Nathan Lane Guest-Hosted ‘The Late Show’

Lane plays Teddy Dimas in Only Murders, but on The Late Show with David Letterman, he got the rare role of host. It wasn’t easy for him.

Jaboukie Young-White on Current Economics

“My favorite articles are all the articles of older people coming to terms that Millennials are just poor. The best one I saw was ‘Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Diamonds? The Industry Is in Peril.’ One time I spent more than $40 in groceries, and my bank thought someone stole my debit card. I would love to get a chain, but first, I gotta stop seeing salmon as a high-risk investment.”

Jane Lynch in ‘Role Models’

On Only Murders, Lynch plays Martin’s old stunt double on his character’s old TV show. In Role Models, she hilariously plays the model role model to help create new role models.

Sting Discusses Race

Before he moved into the building in Only Murders, Sting went on Saturday Night Live to discuss race. And Ghostbusters.

Short as Jiminy Glick

Short allowed his id and ability to improvise run wild, interviewing various celebrities and friends, often to hilarious results due to his quick wit and outrageous questions.

Amy Schumer’s High School Crush

“I finally slept with my high school crush. But now he kinda expects me to go to his graduation. Like I know where I’m gonna be in three years.”

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

In case you are one of the few people who didn’t know, before being cast as Cinda Canning — the host of the true-crime podcast All Is Not OK in Oklahoma that inspires the characters in Only Murders in the Building — Fey was in this little-known multi-award-winning sitcom 30 Rock. Isn’t it fun learning something new?


On SNL, Gomez listens to her intuition and thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her. The result is a lot of broken hearts and electronics.

Martin as The Jerk

Martin’s comedy classic is so iconically stupid and funny that it arguably couldn’t be topped in his career. Just make sure to stay away from those cans!

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