Publisher: Harper Audio
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 8 hours, 40 minutes
Narrated by: Martin Short
From the publisher:
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.
I’m not sure what exactly prompted me to buy this audiobook. I think it came along in the aftermath of listening to and enjoying Tina Fey’s memoir, Bossypants. I enjoyed that so much that the thought of another celebrity memoir by a comedian sounded good.
I have enjoyed watching Martin Short on TV and in a few movies. I’ve never been a huge fan who sought out his work but enjoyed what I happened to see and hear. After listening to this memoir, I am much more of a fan of his than I was before.
This is not one of those dirt dishing memoirs. If anything, Short is remarkably kind and complimentary about almost every well-known person he mentions
I didn’t know much of Short’s history or background so it was fun to find out that he worked with and knew many comedy luminaries long before any of them became famous.
The chapter where he talks about his wife’s battle with cancer and her death just about did me in. This memoir is funny, interesting, heartbreaking and delightful. I have officially added Martin Short to my list of dream dinner guests.
I absolutely recommend this and in fact I would also encourage you to get the audio over the print format. Being able to hear Short play his characters has to be better than reading it without his voice. I’ve never thought of myself as a memoir fan but this is absolutely one of the best I’ve read or heard,
5/5 for the book
5/5 for the narration because no one could have done this better than Martin Short himself.