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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
November 4

Customer Reviews

M. Neumann ,

A Delight

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.

PattyMKelly ,

Marty Short

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!

SupremeOmnipotentBobo ,

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.