Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, and Martin Short Have Colonoscopy Parties Together
There’s nothing like having good friends to share the good and the bad with. Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Tom Hanks take this very seriously by having literal poop parties. Steve Martin and Martin Short were on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' promoting their comedy tour and Netflix special, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest Of Your Life" where they confessed that they have started having colonoscopy parties every couple of years.
The trio participates in their 'Colonoscopy Eve' party at Martin's house, where they have jello and follow the all-liquid diet they’re instructed to adhere to prior to the procedure and make a night of it. The next day they all go into a private clinic to get their colon cancer screening.
The Hollywood actors have also gotten creative about their colonoscopy process. They play cards to determine who has to go last, one of the three or their other friend Walter Parks, who often attends these pooper parties. Then they all drive together.
There do state that there is a catch to the parties. It’s necessary to empty the bowels to prep for the exam, meaning no solid foods. One of the parts of the liquid diet is drinking what is probably some form of a laxative. In Martin and Short’s words, the bathroom looked like “Day 14 of a Carnival Cruise” just 5 short hours after they arrived. The bathroom also was compared to “..look[ing] like a Jackson Pollock.”
If you are over the age of 45, regular colon cancer screenings are recommended by the American Cancer Society for early detection and prevention. Steve Martin says that it helps to keep them each accountable and that the Colonoscopy Eve is a “great way to do something that you should do.” Talk about a wild but productive late-night, huh? Not our kind of party, but hey, is good health is definitely important. I wonder if their health care provider knows about these parties?