Steve Martin and Martin runs aren’t exactly new to the TV business: Steve Martin won an Emmy Award in 1969 for his work as a writer on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” and Short has won two Emmys over the years, including one in 1983 for his work on “SCTV”.

By Tuesday, they’d been nominated for nearly two dozen Primetime Emmys combined, for work that included the Oscars (which Martin hosted and wrote), the FX drama “Damages” (on which Short played a sinister right-hand man for a Bernie Madoff type), and their 2018 variety special “Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life”. (Short also received nominations for the Daytime Emmys.)

Now they’ve added new watermarks to their careers: Both Short and Martin received Emmy nominations for their starring roles in the Hulu comedy “Only Murders in the Building.”

In the series, which alternates broad farce and dark comedy, Martin plays a once-famous television actor and Short plays a never-so-great Broadway director who lives in the same Renaissance-style building in Manhattan. With the help of an enigmatic young neighbor (Selena Gomez), they try to solve a crime in their residence – or at least turn the mystery into a popular podcast. (Martin, who created “Only Murders in the Building” with John Hoffman, also received a nomination in the comedy writing category, and the show received 17 nominations overall.)

Short and Martin are longtime friends and collaborators (dating back to the 1986 comedy “Three Amigos!”). So you’d think they might be happy with each other’s success and excited to compete for Emmy honors. But their feelings may be more complex. They spoke together in a video interview on Tuesday; these are edited excerpts from that conversation.

“Only Murders in the Building” has been recognized many times today. What does it do?

STEVE MARTIN Well, we’re thrilled. We’re thrilled with the nominations, not just for us but for the series. We’re appalled that Selena wasn’t nominated because she’s so crucial to our performances, really.

MARTIN SHORTS she is nominated as executive producer.

You both have historic stories as TV nominees –

MARTIN I do not know. Marty does.

SHORT Steve, let’s do our show joke. Hey, Steve, how many more Emmys do you have?

MARTIN [thinking] Oh, I mean five. [pause] Well, I mean five, but I have one. If I won, I would be on a roll. Because it would be 53 years since my last victory.

SHORT Damn, I would hate to see what you look like when you get your third win. I won twice.

For whom is this a greater honor?

MARTIN Oh, definitely Marty.

SHORT I would say if I wasn’t nominated I would go to Vegas and bet $100,000 that Steve would win. But we tend to think that we are dividing the vote a little.

MARTIN It’s a great honor for everyone. Because two years ago we weren’t working.

SHORT To think that when I was a kid, there were prime times: ABC, NBC and CBS. And now you have a billion shows – so many that my family tells me they’re just awesome and I haven’t seen. Thriving in this kind of era is pretty awesome.

MARTIN Also, I think the comedian category should be split into two, for Overly Broad and Way Too Subtle. So regardless of the nominations, you have subcategories. Marty could win Overly Broad, and I could win Way Too Subtle.

SHORT You might be in your own category, which is too pale to be truly light.

MARTIN When they do a close-up on Marty, they use me as a bounce board.

Have you ever been in direct competition before?

SHORT Just emotionally.

MARTIN Every minute of every day.

Martin, this is the first continuous series you’ve been on for some time; Steve, this is your first continuous series. Is there a way you feel like rookies?

MARTIN I was surprised, I thought the shoot would be quite different. I thought it would be two takes and you move on, and two more takes and you move on. But no, it’s like a movie. We shoot five hours in 12, 14 weeks. A film is two hours in 10 weeks.

The second season of “Only Murders in the Building” dedicated storylines and episodes to characters other than your own. How do you feel about stepping back or stepping away from the show when you need to?

MARTIN We like that. I learned that from “The Jack Benny Show,” that he was always stepping back for other talent, and I’m grateful to him. I know Marty isn’t, but I’m grateful when a really talented person comes along and does their thing. We had Nathan Lane, he’s nominated. Jane Lynch, who is nominated. Amy Ryan, unfortunately not nominated, but she deserved it.

SHORT James Caverly was brilliant. i come from all [on “SCTV”], so I used to. If John Candy had a big thing to do, you back off.

MARTIN It’s funny, because you say you come from a set, but today you would never know.

SHORT My thing is that I’m tired of sets. And you know what helped me on this one? I was tired of working with equals.

MARTIN Well, that can only be interpreted one way.

Will you be able to support each other at Emmys night? Or will he get fierce? Will it be every man for himself?

MARTIN I suggested Marty step down, but he didn’t say why. It’s just a mystery. And then he starts a whisper campaign saying it’s because I have a fatal disease.

SHORT Steve told me that last night, and I said, “I don’t quite understand. It seems to be doing you more service than me.

MARTIN I said he looked like a hero. He takes a step back for his friend.

SHORT So if all of this happened, and you’re sitting there and you hear, “And the winner is—Bill Hader,” what do you do?

MARTIN [leaping up from his seat] I’m fine!

I think this plan will be received in the right spirit.

SHORT I don’t think it was too bad.

MARTIN Nothing is received in the right spirit. I tweeted a picture the other day. They brought me a latte, and they can do these fancy designs – it had my picture on it. I thought, that’s amazing, I’ll tweet that. Then there’s a reply that says, “If you had tweeted this two years ago I would have liked this, but now I can’t even afford a latte. [Expletive] you.”

SHORT Please put that. It symbolizes everything.