Ed Grimley

Ed Grimley

Edward Mayhoff 'Ed' Grimley is a fictional character introduced on the television series SCTV and later used on Saturday Night Live. He was created and played by Martin Short.

He is a hyperactive, neurotic nerd with a large frontal cowlick who is obsessed with banal popular culture, especially Wheel of Fortune and its host, Pat Sajak. He also loves to play the triangle, which for him consists of playing a recorded musical piece, striking the triangle once, and then wildly dancing to the recording. His catchphrases include "I must say", "totally decent", "makes me completely mental", "doomed as doomed can be." and "give me a break". One 1985 SNL skit featured Ed's look-alike Uncle Basil, played by TV sportscaster Howard Cosell.



The character originated with Short as an unnamed school parent in sketch on The Second City stage. Originally, his hair was simply very greasy and unkempt, but another cast member joked offstage that the height of the hair seemed to increase with each performance. As an inside joke, Short started greasing it straight up.

Other appearances

Ed Grimley makes a brief onstage appearance in Martin Short's Broadway show Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, triangle in hand.

Ed Grimley also made an appearance on the Martin Short Show in 1994, in a spoof of the comedy film Dave. The President of the United States is an exact double of Ed Grimley, right down to the shark-tooth hairstyle. He hires Grimley to be his double and run the country while he enjoys time with his mistress. Unfortunately for Ed, the President suffers a heart attack and Ed Grimley is forced to cover up the tragedy by now having to pretend he is the president. Sally Field guest-starred as the First Lady who does not realize what has happened.

Ed Grimley appeared in a 1996 episode of Muppets Tonight in which he marries Miss Piggy to obtain an $85 inheritance from his deceased great uncle.

Ed Grimley also appeared as a giant in Asgard in Chris Claremont's New Mutants Special Edition Vol. 1 #1 from 1985.

The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley

The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley
Genre Cartoon series
Directed by Jim Drake
Bob Goe
Don Lusk
Paul Sommer
Starring Joe Flaherty
Voices of Martin Short
Andrea Martin
Catherine O'Hara
Frank Welker
Jonathan Winters
Composer(s) Michael Tavera
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Freddy Monnickendam
Martin Short
Producer(s) John Hays
Scott Shaw
Mark Young
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Original channel NBC
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 10, 1988 (1988-09-10) – December 3, 1988 (1988-12-03)
Related shows SCTV

After achieving popularity on SNL, Grimley became a cartoon character on Hanna-Barbera's animated show The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (1988). In each episode, Grimley would have an adventure of some sort, interspersed with science lessons from The Amazing Gustav Brothers, Roger and Emil, and a live-action segment with a "scary story" presented as a show-within-a-show by Grimley's favourite television host, Count Floyd (Joe Flaherty, also reprising his SCTV character; he also has a voice appearance as the sea captain in "Moby is Lost"). Other characters in the show include Ed's landlord Leo Freebus, Leo's wife Fiona, neighbor Ms. Malone (on the SNL version of the "Ed Grimley" sketches, there was a character named Ms. Malone, but she was a black singer played by Tina Turner, not a blond, ditzy, struggling actress voiced by Catherine O'Hara), and her little brother, Wendell Malone.

Hanna-Barbera sponsored an "Ed Grimley Look-a-like Contest" midway through the first season, which was won by 10-year-old Matt Mitchell from Des Moines, Iowa.


Title Original airdate
1 "Tall, Dark and Hansom" 1988 September 10
Ed fills in for his cousin, driving a hansom cab, and ends up in a horse race.
2 "Ed's Debut" 1988 September 17
Ed mistakenly thinks he is asked to play triangle for the philharmonic and on the way to the concert hall is arrested and imprisoned for a bank robbery he did not commit.
3 "E.G., Go Home" 1988 September 24
Ed took his friend Wendall to an amusement park with a rocket ride that actually takes them to another planet which is ruled by an alien who sounds like Bette Davis.
4 "Ed's in Hot Water" 1988 October 1
Looking after the apartment building for his landlady Fiona Freebus while she and her husband are on vacation, Ed causes a huge flood which sends him out to sea where he meets up with long, lost aviatrix Hillary Black Smythe, who acts and sounds like Kate Hepburn.
5 "Crate Expectations" 1988 October 8
Ed gets trapped in a crate while trying to get a birthday present for Miss Malone.
6 "Grimley, P.F.C." 1988 October 15
In the wrong line to return a library book, Ed joins the army and ends up second banana to a Bob Hope-like USO performer.
7 "Moby Is Lost" 1988 October 22
Moby, Ed's pet goldfish, is missing and Ed hires a television-obsessed sea captain to lead the search.
8 "Good Neighbor Ed" 1988 October 29
Ed wins a contest but to fulfill the contest rules he needs to take a picture of all of his neighbors.
9 "Driver Ed" 1988 November 5
Miss Malone needs to learn how to drive and calls upon Ed to teach her.
10 "Blowin' in the Wind" 1988 November 12
Ed is caught up in the same tornado that sends Dorothy to Oz, only he ends up on the farm with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry where a travelling summer stock show, with a Jerry Lewis-like director, are hoping for a shot at Broadway. The title is a reference to the classic folk song Blowin' in the Wind.
11 "Eyewitness Ed" 1988 November 19
Needing hot dog weiner franks for a party, Ed makes a run to the store, which resembles the Bates Motel, and witnesses Der Bingle rob the proprietor for which he testifies and must go into the witness protection program.
12 "Eddy, We Hardly Knew Ye" 1988 November 26
Needing his tonsils out, Ed goes into the hospital where his roommate is a werewolf.
13 "The Irving Who Came to Dinner" 1988 December 3
Irving Cohen pays a visit and helps Ed reveal a couple of hucksters.


Guest stars

Other guest stars included:

Additional Voices

In other languages

  • Spanish: Las Locas Aventuras y Desventuras de Ed Grimley (in which "I must say" is translated as "Digo yo, ¿no?".)

See also

External links

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