I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

I Must Say My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend In this engaging memoir written with heart wisdom and a huge helping of hilarity Martin Short shares stories of his life revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became t

  • Title: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
  • Author: MartinShort
  • ISBN: 9780062309525
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this engaging memoir, written with heart, wisdom, and a huge helping of hilarity, Martin Short shares stories of his life, revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the comedian s comedian Vanity Fair.Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard, found success, and maintained a normal, happy fIn this engaging memoir, written with heart, wisdom, and a huge helping of hilarity, Martin Short shares stories of his life, revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the comedian s comedian Vanity Fair.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 television 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, as well as his stage productions, including his Tony Award winning performance in Little Me 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, from raising his children to the legendary parties he and his wife hosted in their Los Angeles home He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was twenty 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, and he remains perennially upbeat In this wise and entertaining memoir, he shares his irrepressible joy.

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      Martin Hayter Short is an actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer.

    817 thoughts on “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend”

    1. If you are reading this right now as a physical book, put it down right now and get the audiobook. Martin Short narrates it himself, and does all the singing, characters (Ed Grimley, etc), and celeb-friend impressions. It's a performance piece you miss out on when you just read it.Although this book is very funny, Short's life has also been touched with tragedy. It's all here.


    2. You love Martin Short. I'm not asking you. I'm telling you. Now, I don't know why you love him. It could be his work on SNL (or if you're hip and cool, SCTV). It could be his cult classic movies like Clifford, Three Amigos, or Innerspace. It could be because of his hilarious appearances on talk shows. It could be all or any of these things, but let's be clear, you do love him.For me, I've always adored the man for all of the above listed reasons. After reading this book, my heart must have grown [...]


    3. *3.5 stars*I was not very familiar with most of Martin Short's work, so the majority of the references went over my head. However, the parts of the book where he talked about his wife's sickness and death wrecked me. Sobbing. Expertly narrated.


    4. As with most memoirs by comic performers, I partly listened to and partly read Martin Short's I Must Say: My Life As A Humble Comedy Legend. Turns out that was a good decision.Even working with a co-writer (David Kamp), Short isn’t the best scribe. But he’s a first-rate impressionist. And so when he’s telling stories involving his famous friends (Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Steve Martin, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, Gilda Radner, et al.), he brings them to life in the audiobook with quick, sharp [...]


    5. Wellwhat to say here? This isn't a bad book and it has some genuinely interesting moments. First let me lay out what we have. This is a fairly straight forward bio of Martin Short. We find out about his life, his love for his family, his wife and hist(?). The influences that made Martin Short, Martin Short (and all those other people) are laid out and discussed. The general approach is that first Mr. Short talks about a certain part of his career and then the next chapter is called an "interlude [...]


    6. This was a lot of fun! If you're a Martin Short fan, you will enjoy this memoir.Martin talks about his childhood in Canada, how he got his start in acting and comedy, his relationship with Gilda Radner, his funny characters, his long and happy marriage to Nancy Dolman, his friendships with Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, etc his experiences on SCTV, Saturday Night Live and in the movies, and finally, his wife's struggle with cancer.Throughout the book, there are interludes with some of Martin's most fa [...]


    7. I think I'm done with audio-autobiographies. This book is filled with tons of name-dropping and the requisite "humble beginnings" catchphrases. Not to say he isn't funny, but rehashing old skits as filler between chapters was too much. The parts of the book in which he talked about growing up, losing his parents and an older sibling were touching, though.Martin Short is obviously a very accomplished comedian and actor, but 8+ hours in audiobook format is too much.


    8. 3.5 starsNote: I listened to the audio version of this book which is fun because Short performs some of his famous comic characters, sings, and does impersonations.Though he may not have realized it at the time, Martin Short was meant to be a performer from childhood. As a youngster he made tape recordings of his family's entertaining quarrels and conversations well as his own solitary sketches. This was all fodder for Short's eventual emergence as a comedy machine with a stable of humorous char [...]


    9. All I have to say is, "Damn you, Martin Short!"I fully expected this book (audiobook, actually) to be another mediocre, ghost-written celebrity autobiography about a not-so-interesting life. Boy was I wrong. Martin Short has completely exceeded my expectations in this autobiography. He has written and performed a touching, funny, and cohesive story of his life. Other celebrities should be required to read (and/or listen to) this book before attempting to share their stories. I laughed out loud a [...]


    10. I listened to this driving from Chicago to Tennessee. Came close to driving off the road or into other cars half the time because I was laughing so hard. He apologized for dropping so many names. I don't think it is dropping names if they're actually his friends. The best part of listening to it is all the voices he does. Whether he's talking to Katharine Hepburn (before she decides to change seats), or doing a Bette Davis impression to her face.Very funny, but filled with sadness too when he re [...]


    11. I knew this would be 5 stars before I even started. I would have been shocked if it had been anything less. Martin Short is a talented, 5 star plus entertainer. He can do anything and do it in such an amusing manner that I look forward to his every appearance on TV and film. He has an engaging personality, he reminds me of a naughty boy even though he is well into his 60's. I listened to this on Audible because I wanted to hear him narrate it. Needless to say, he was a fantastic narrator and his [...]


    12. I’ve been a fan of Short’s for many years, but in a low-key sort of way. It was more of an “Oh, Martin Short’s in this. It’ll be good.” kind of fandom. I never felt the need to track down details of his personal life, and indeed, he never seemed to show up in the tabloid press. But when I saw this book was being released, I knew I had to read it, because Short was part of the fabric of my childhood and adolescent love for comedy-- sketch and standup.If at all possible, you need to li [...]


    13. Listening to this was a surprise for me on so many levels. I bought it not expecting much as Martin Short was just this actor from some silly 80s movies that I didn't know much about.So the first thing that surprised me was how much he had done, his career and work, most of unheard here in Germany (unless you dive deep into the internet I guess). I really enjoyed listening to him talk about his insecurities and how he came up with characters and how his work life looked.The other thing I hadn't [...]


    14. This was a well done combo of Short's accounts of his childhood, personal relationships, and career highs and lows. Martin has suffered through some sad events in his life (parents died when he was fairly young and wife died in 2010) but he seems to have handled them with grace and has emerged a stronger person. His advice to his son when his wife was dying put a lump in my throat and his revelations about his own happy personality near the end had me smiling. Also, it has just enough inside inf [...]


    15. I've never been a big fan of Martin Short. I've enjoyed his work but I wouldn't go out of my way to see him. I listened to the audiobook version with Martin reading. I'm glad I picked this up. I learned so much more about him and have a new respect for him. I enjoy comedy and it was interesting to hear about the behind the scenes of his work. Also sad when his family members passed including his wife Nan who he adored.This is well worth the listen.


    16. I've read many former SNL actors books and Martin Short's is by far the most grateful, happy, and loving tale I've ever read. It progressed like conversations over coffee with real moments of laughter and tears. The only mistake this well written memoir made is to make the reader feel like they gained a friendbut then again his characters always had the same effect.




    17. The day "I Must Say" arrived, I read half of it in one sitting and only put it down so I'd have something to look forward to the next day. So many laugh out loud lines. Unquestionably (at least in my mind) Martin Short is one of the best, a brilliant comedy writer and performer right up there with the greats: Jack Benny, the Marx Brothers, Albert Brooks and for that matter, the incredibly talented cast of SCTV, of which he was a member in the early eighties.There are plenty of entertaining anecd [...]


    18. I'm a big fan of Martin Short, he can be so funny and usually keeps his presentation clean. In this book, he comes across as normal, hard working, and FUNNY. I loved listening to him narrate his own autobiography. He had a pretty normal upbringing, so there wasn't the deep family secrets and pain that others have had to write about. This was mostly about his career. It wasn't as funny as thought it would be, but it was well done. I even actually cried when his wife died. 4 stars.


    19. Martin Short has always been one of my favorite funny men. From his early days on SCTV and later on with his classic character of Ed Grimmley on SNL, I've always found Short to be an incredible comic actor. I MUST SAY is a MUST read for any and all Martin Short fans. Just a marvelous memoir.


    20. My first experience with an audiobook, and it was a real winner. I'm glad I heeded the advice of other -ers to listen to, rather than read, this memoir. Martin Short does an excellent job -- how could he not? It was funny, moving, sincere, and thought-provoking. I listened to the first 4 disks (of 7) with my husband during a long drive. We LOL'd simultaneously many times, and would pause the disk to reminisce about things Short was relating. Yes, it's a little name-droppy at times, but you get t [...]


    21. I'm not a big fan of celebrity memoirs (or Martin Short, for that matter) so it was a fluke that I picked this up, hoping I wouldn't regret it. As it turns out the only thing I regret is that I didn't go for the audiobook instead. It's the only way this could be any funnier.That said, I Must Sayisn't just about comedy. There's plenty about Short's early life, family and career, and a touching tribute to his late wife near the end. The name dropping did get heavy in a few places (and early on he [...]


    22. Interesting Writing but Occasionally R RatedI've always enjoyed seeing Martin Short interviewed on the talk shows and watching some of his movies. It was with great interest that I read I MUST SAY from cover to cover. The writing and the storytelling were well-done and kept my interest.Because I've never seen Martin Short on Broadway or any other live event, I was surprised to find the occasional F-Bomb tucked into his stories. From what I know about other comics, I should not have been surprise [...]


    23. If you are a fan of Martin Short, this can be a good read for you. I liked this book. Martin Short gives an honest memoir of his life. I can see the humor in him in some parts of the book. He even gives a few pages to his characters such as Ed Grimley and Jiminy Glink. I learned a bit about the author's life such as growing up in Canada.he had a regular childhood and sadly his mother died just before he turned 18 and two years later at 20 his dad died. I enjoyed reading about his start in show b [...]


    24. This is a perfect Hollywood (by way of Canada)memoir. Behind the scenes stories that are not at all salacious, but rather honest, loving, touching, funny, informative, just great. Worth the price of admission just for the various descriptions of Paul Schaffer (his great friend.) Paul in black tie -- a maître de at an alien restaurant. EXACTLY~ Absolutely get the audiobook for this. Short does his characters, and you will want to hear them. I laughed a lot, even though so many sad things happen. [...]


    25. If you are considering this book, do it by audio. Martin Short narrates it himself - complete with all his personas. There is a lot of name dropping, but that is because his friends are famous people. In seven discs, Short traverses 65 years from his birth, the death of his oldest brother, the death of each of his parents and ultimately the death of his beloved wife. All this without being maudlin, but still causing my eyes to stream while driving unknown roads on my way to NYC.I've always liked [...]


    26. Audiobook is the way to "read" this, 100%! I laughed, I cried! I felt like I was back at my Aunt and Uncle's house with all of my crazy cousins. I have to admit I would have given this 5 stars if there had been more personal stories like the dinner table scene, the trip to the airport to Hawaii scene, etc. and less name dropping. But, Martin Short is in incredibly gifted, brilliant story teller. I replayed some of his stories over and over again. I have never used an audiobook until this book, a [...]


    27. This is an effective audiobook wherein Martin Short gives a detailed and unsparing accounting of his life and career. There is so much name-dropping about all his celebrity best friends and his mostly charmed life that I feel like it's a time capsule of a Hollywood (and Canadian) story that could no longer happen. So many celebrity memoirs skimp on the stories and the emotional moments of their lives, but not Martin. This is a thorough telling and if you like that sort of thing, you'll like this [...]


    28. I absolutely adored this book read flawlessly by the author. In "short" (ha, ha), I Must Say is about a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformation into one of Hollywood’s favorite comedian.I have been a huge fan of Martin Short for years and reading this book was like sitting down with him and having a nice long chat.This is definitely a book better listened to than read for the plethora of impersonations and characters that have defined him from his days on SCTV to SNL and all places bet [...]


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