I Must Say

I Must Say

My Life as A Humble Comedy Legend

Book - 2014
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"Martin Short reveals how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the "comedian's comedian". Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard, found success, and maintained a normal, happy family life. His memoir is a reflection on his diverse collection of experiences, both hilarious and heartbreaking. Short takes us through his career, from his early years with Second City Toronto and Saturday Night Live to his movie, stage, and TV stardom. He recalls how he developed some of his enduring characters-manic man-child Ed Grimley, elderly Tin Pan Alley songmith Irving Cohen, slimy lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the blubbery and bizarrely insensitive Jiminy Glick. Here, too, are his movie and television appearances, from the classic Three Amigos to his Emmy-nominated role in Damages. Throughout, such friends and luminaries as Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Lorne Michaels, Nora Ephron, Frank Sinatra, and others share the spotlight. This deeply private man brings us into the circle of his family life. He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was 20, and of the devastating death of Nancy, his wife of thirty years, in 2010. Despite the hardships, Short's life has been full of laughter."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062368843
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 SHO NVD
Characteristics: 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kamp, David


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Mar 12, 2017

This is a terrific memoir of Short's rise in the entertainment industry. Funny, touching, fascinating, a pleasure to read.

Dec 02, 2016

I agree with a previous reviewer - I think this book plays much better as an audiobook, read by the author. I can see how readers may find the book a lot of name-dropping but in the context of how Mr. Short reads it, it doesn't come across that way in the audiobook.
There is a lot of laugh-out-loud humour and anyone who has any interest in the wonderful world of SCTV, you will enjoy the many references made. The book is well-paced and the author frequently goes into character mode - one of the wonderful features of the audiobook - you get to hear Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glick!
It is anything but humble, but from what I gathered about Mr. Short's style of humour, I believe the title is intended to be funny.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoyed SCTV and the early years of SNL (remember when it was good?)

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

Martin Short is endearing and hilarious. Read by the author, the audio is excellent.

Jun 22, 2016

As a long time Short fan I was not disappointed. A few laugh out loud anecdotes and good overview of his career.
Would recommend to any comedy fan.
A very fast and easy read.

KateElizaSloan Apr 12, 2016

I highly recommend listening to the audiobook version to hear the many characters of Martin Short. He is incredibly articulate, intelligent, thoughtful, and of course, funny. This has given me a new appreciation for this humble comedian!

Apr 03, 2016

Martin Short's autobiography with him as narrator with a few of his characters, including my personal favorite, Jiminy Glick. This is a rewarding story of his life with all that impacts us during our short time on earth. A great listen. 9 of 10 stars

Mar 19, 2016

Well, this book wasn't humble enough for me. Too much name-dropping!

Oct 03, 2015

I recommend that you get it in the audio version. It is great to hear the book and the songs and music that are included. A very good read.

Oct 03, 2015

I recommend that you get it in the audio version. It is great to hear the book and the songs and music that are included. A very good read.

Bijoy Arora
Sep 10, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this book and only have praises for it. I found that this autobiography was very interesting and touching in comparison to the ones I have read before. It kept me engaged and intrigued until the end. My favourite part in the book was when the author talks about his childhood and his dreams as a kid. I enjoyed reading about how famous actors, actresses and other celebrities acted as kids. I found that this book was full of laughs and I enjoyed the experience.

I was so happy when I learnt that Martin Short was a Canadian. I really liked how he added comedy at the right times to his book. Even though he added comedy, it did not appear to me that this book was a joke book. I loved the way he described Canada and how he would not have chosen comedy if it wasn’t for his Canadian heroes. The way the author tells his story made me feel like I was actually in the book with Martin. My favourite part of the book would have to be the introduction and making of the comic character that Martin uses. They were all so interesting and hilarious. It made me imagine the characters in real life. I found that the best character in his book was Ed Grimley just because of how unaware and unknowingly charming he was. I would have to give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars as I just could not keep this book down for even a second

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Aug 24, 2015

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