I Must Say

I Must Say

My Life as A Humble Comedy Legend

Book - 2014 | First edition
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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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Jun 20, 2019

I really didn't care about the so-called name-dropping. He's in show biz so his friends are stars. I didn't think he was bragging about it. I actually found myself laughing aloud at least once for every page. I didn't even care what he was doing, he is naturally very funny and so are his friends and family. I was happy I read it and it inspires me to read more autobiographies.

Aug 07, 2018

I did not really know Martin Short, his comedy or his movies. I read it on a recommendation that it was funny. It does have a few very funny anecdotes, but, by and large it is just an autobiography. I will say this, he certainly knows the whose who of Hollywood. He did not achieve great Hollywood stardom and he admits it, nonetheless he was around at a time when he grew with and got to know everyone who did achieve it.
If you are a fan, or have an interest in him, read it. If not, well, I would skip it.

Jul 30, 2018

Very touching. Very well written. Very funny. Worth reading.

Jun 25, 2018

This is a honest and captivating book about the life and career of Martin Short. Short himself has a voice that could melt butter. He instantly transports you into his world. At the end of the book, you feel like the two of you are old friends. It's well written, funny, insightful, heartbreaking and an all around great book. Even if you are not a fan of Martin Short, or even if you've never heard of him, you should check out this audiobook.

Jun 20, 2018

Genuine Funnyman

March 04 2015
If you're a fan of Martin Short, you will love him even more after reading his funny memoir. In his modest, self-effacing way he writes about his childhood growing up in Canada where he practiced his comedy "routines" alone in his bedroom in front of an imaginary audience. He tells us about his journey to "comedy legend" meeting along the way Tom Hanks and Steve Martin who have become his good friends. Short's anecdotes are funny and reveal his "humble" nature. NC

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?)

ArapahoeLesley 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.

MrsIredale 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!

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