In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz- obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood's favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the "comedian's comedian."
Short takes the reader on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live, and from memorable roles in such movies as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride to Broadway stardom in Fame Becomes Me and the Tony-winning Little Me.
He reveals how he created his most indelible comedic characters, among them the manic man-child Ed Grimley, the slimy corporate lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the bizarrely insensitive interviewer Jiminy Glick. Throughout, Short freely shares the spotlight with friends, colleagues, and collaborators, among them Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Gilda Radner, Mel Brooks, Nora Ephron, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Shaffer, and David Letterman.
But there is another side to Short's life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both parents by the time he turned twenty, and, more recently, he lost his wife of thirty years to cancer. In I Must Say, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through.
In the grand tradition of comedy legends, Martin Short offers a show-business memoir densely populated with boldface names and rife with retellable tales: a hugely entertaining yet surprisingly moving self-portrait that will keep you laughing—and crying—from the first page to the last.
Comedic genius brilliant insight to an amazing career and life
Heartfelt and inspiring
I loved Martin Short before this book, but now I love him even more. This book is not only funny, inspiring his ability to tell his life's story with such grace and humor is truly enjoyable I have even re listened to some parts because they were so funny. But most of all what I take away from this book is how strong and truly humble person he is. This book brought happiness to my soul and sometimes tears to my eyes but by the end I truly felt a connection to the person Martin Short is and this audiobook is truly worth listening too.
Spectacular blend of wit, humor and a very personal story…get the audiobook! His narration and masterful delivery makes the audiobook a five-star. It’s very well written/spoken, the self deprecating humor and laugh-out-loud delivery is just superb but his perspectives on his life, his wife, career, makes you feel as if he’s telling his story directly to you on a very personal level. Thought is was uniquely well down.