I Must Say

I Must Say

My Life as Humble Comedy Legend

Streaming Audiobook - 2014
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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 ŁThree 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. Special Lyrics for "It's The Most Wonderful Show of the Year" and "Picture-Perfect Christmas In The Palisades" by Martin Short, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; Special Lyrics for "Marty Throws a Party Just To Sing" by Marc Shaiman.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062350855
0062350854
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 40 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Short, Martin
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Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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Albscott17
Mar 12, 2017

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

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amg954
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.

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Jeffsuke
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!

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nitetraino
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

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JudithE
Mar 19, 2016

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

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parkey13
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.

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parkey13
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.

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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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