Why Martin Short and Steve Martin refuse to joke about Donald Trump

Martin Short and Steve Martin recently released their highly anticipated Netflix special called “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life”-- but one thing is noticeably missing from their lineup of jokes: President Trump.

The pair has intentionally steered clear of politics and the president according to a new interview with The Daily Beast.

"Steve and I have great respect for the fact that we don’t just want a liberal audience," Short told the outlet. "So you want the audience to feel that this is, in a way, a safe zone. A zone where they’re not going to be made to feel like a jerk because they voted one way."

Many comedians on the late night circuit, like Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, touch on Trump’s presidency several times a week -- but Short has no interest in doing so.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Martin Short talks to the audience at 'Neflix Is A Joke - A Celebration of Netflix Stand-Up FYC Event' at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Actor / Comedian Martin Short attends the #NETFLIXFYSEE 'Neflix Is A Joke' at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 11: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Martin Short during Wednesday's April 11, 2018 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Martin Short attends the opening night of 'Mean Girls' on Broadway at August Wilson Theatre on April 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 01: Martin Short speaks onstage during the Oscar Wilde Awards 2018 at Bad Robot on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 01: Actor Martin Short arrives at the 13th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards on March 1, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Martin Short attends the 'Meteor Shower' Broadway Opening Night at the Booth Theatre on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 22: Martin Short arrives to the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at The Kennedy Center on October 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Martin Short attends the Premiere of HBO's 'Spielberg' at Paramount Studios on September 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage for Fashion Media)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Actors Steve Martin (L) and Martin Short pose backstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. 26658_001 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 08: Actors Steve Martin (L) and Martin Short speak onstage during American Film Institute's 45th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Diane Keaton at Dolby Theatre on June 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. 26658_007 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0664 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Martin Short arrives for an interview on April 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 25: Actor Martin Short attends the Natural Resources Defense Council's STAND UP! for the Planet benefit at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on April 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Martin Short attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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Short told The Daily Beast that, although he deliberately doesn’t mention the president, that doesn’t mean he supports him.

"As far as the Trump presidency, I wouldn’t even call it a presidency," Short said. "It’s an asterisk. It’s a typo. I mean, every day it’s worse."

The Netflix special focuses on Martin Short and Steve Martin mocking one another in lieu of talking politics.

Short also noted that he doesn’t find President Trump funny.

"Some people find him hilarious. I don’t find it hilarious, but you can’t say it’s dull," he said. "There’s nothing credible about Donald Trump."

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