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Title:
I must say : my life as a humble comedy legend
Author:
Short, Martin, 1950- , author.
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone HarperAudio, [2014]

℗2014.
Physical Description:
7 audio discs (approximately 8.75 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
"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 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" --
General Note:
"Unabridged."
Language:
English
Contents:
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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ISBN:
9781483029191
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Audiobook on CD

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Summary

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.

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.


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)