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I must say : my life as a humble comedy legend
Short, Martin, 1950- , author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The Emmy-Award and Tony Award-winning actor and comic shares stories from his life that recount his early years with Saturday Night Live, the development of his numerous characters, his family life, and his celebrity friendships.
An ed-ucation -- Humble celebrity me -- Marty with parents -- Interlude: a moment with Irving Cohen -- Marty without parents -- In which I find Jesus -- Nancy's boy -- Interlude: a moment with Ed Grimley -- The nine categories -- Interlude: a moment with Jackie Rogers Jr. -- Workplace nirvana at SCTV -- Interlude: a moment with Lawrence Orbach -- Fast times at 30 rock -- Eighties-hot -- Marty throws a party just to sing -- Interlude: a moment with Franck -- When life hands you lemons, put on a fat suit and squash them between your thighs -- Interlude: a moment with Jiminy Glick -- Love, loss, and bumpkiss -- Kathie Lee wasn't wrong -- September of my years -- but an unusually temperate September.
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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 ¬°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.

Author Notes

Martin Hayter Short was born on March 26, 1950 in Canada. He is most known for his comedy, especially on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has also been in many films including: Three Amigos, Innerspace, Father of the Bride, Pure Luck, Father of the Bride Part II, Mars Attacks!, and Jungle 2 Jungle.

Short graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Social Work. He hoped for a career in social work but became interested in acting when he was cast in a Toronto production of Godspell. Also in the cast were Gilda Radner and Dave Thomas. Soon thereafter, he was cast in several T.V. shows and plays. He starred in the U.S. sitcom The Associates. Short started to pursue comedy and joined the improvisation group The Second City in Alberta in 1977. The group produced a show for T.V. called Second City Television or SCTV, which ran for many years in Canada and then the U.S. He then joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for the 1984-1985 season. His many characters helped revive the show.

There were three television shows called The Martin Short Show, including a sitcom, The Martin Short Show, The Show Formerly Known as the Martin Short Show, and a talk show called The Martin Short Show. He has earned several awards throughout his career including a Nelly Award for Outstanding Writing, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical - Little Me. Short's title, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend, co-written with David Kemp became a New York Times bestseller in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Short, the veteran stage, film, and television performer, has had a life full of triumph and tragedy. From his gig as the boy singer on a Canadian variety show in the early 1970s, to his stage debut with the original Canadian cast of Godspell, to his years on the groundbreaking sketch comedy series SCTV (where he introduced Ed Grimley, whose catchphrase gives the book its title), and his subsequent work on Saturday Night Live, the big screen, and Broadway, Short takes us through his professional life, writing in an affable, easygoing style that perfectly suits our image of him as a likable, laid-back guy. But there's a current of darkness that runs through the book, too: Short lost an older brother and both of his parents before he was 20, and, only a few years ago, his wife of 30 years passed away. So the book isn't all fun 'n' games. It is, on the other hand, an engaging, often quite funny, story of a man's life, with all of its highs and lows.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Short's delightful memoir-packed with hilarious stories from his classic work on Second City Television in the 1970s through his inimitable and clueless interviewer Jiminy Glick in the 1990s-more than proves that he is a very funny comedian. The ready is left with the impression of just how nice a guy he is- as he was grounded in his upbringing in a Canadian family who completely supported his seemingly natural-born need to perform. Short is never less than complementary to the host of superstars who became his friends, from Gilda Radner and Bill Murray in Canada's version of Chicago's legendary improvisational group Second City to Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Tom Hanks and other friends and colleagues he gained after he moved to Hollywood. Through it all, he pays a sweet tribute to his wife Nancy, who died of cancer after thirty years of marriage and a "dynamic" with Short that kept him grounded-and continuing to be funny-over a long career that is yet to be finished. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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