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.
Short's delightful memoir packed with hilarious stories from his classic work on Second City Television in the 1970s through his inimitable and clueless interviewer Jiminy Glick in the 1990s more than proves that he is a very funny comedian. The ready is left with the impression of just how nice a guy he is as he was grounded in his upbringing in a Canadian family who completely supported his seemingly natural-born need to perform. Short is never less than complementary to the host of superstars who became his friends, from Gilda Radner and Bill Murray in Canada's version of Chicago's legendary improvisational group Second City to Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Tom Hanks and other friends and colleagues he gained after he moved to Hollywood. Through it all, he pays a sweet tribute to his wife Nancy, who died of cancer after thirty years of marriage and a "dynamic" with Short that kept him grounded and continuing to be funny over a long career that is yet to be finished.
I've always loved watching Martin Short. And, he, without fail, cracks me up. Reading this book had me laughing so much, until it made me cry.
What a beautiful life he's had. It couldn't have happened to a sweeter man.
For anyone who loves comedians, or autobiographies, or has lost a beloved spouse---this book is for you. While not all of those three things always go together, they do with this book. But that is because of the uniqueness of Martin Shirt. Thank you, Marty--what a gift!
I laughed, I cried
Although I genuinely liked Marty Short prior to reading this book. I love him now. The tale of his happenstance rise to the top, his disillusion with his career to the loss of his wife...OMG, what a great book! A fun and quick read. Get it and jump in now! You'll be glad you did.