June 25, 2001 12:00 PM

Comedy Central (Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

Only one showbiz interviewer would ask Jerry Seinfeld if he knew the late Cesar Romero or point out that Bill Maher shares a birthday with Melissa Rivers or compliment Dennis Miller for using an obscenity “with panache.”

He’s Jiminy Glick, gushy master of the non sequitur and other nonsense. Well, actually he’s Martin Short under mounds of doughy makeup. Short often stepped into the Glick character on The Martin Short Show, a syndicated talk-variety entry that lasted only through the 1999-2000 season. Now, happily, Glick is back in a half-hour Comedy Central series starting June 20. The heart of the program is a talk show spoof in which guest celebrities try to hold up their end of the hilariously incoherent conversation. Can Miller keep a straight face as Glick falls headfirst out of his chair? Hint: No.

The interviews are interspersed with mock promos for other shows, but these tend to be funnier in concept (Short as Tom Green delivering a pizza to terrorist Osama bin Laden) than in execution. I’d prefer to see Glick spend more time interacting with Adrien Van Voorhees (Michael McKean), his urbane harpist-bandleader.

Bottom Line: Glick clicks

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