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I Must Say Audiobook

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

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Publisher's 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".

Martin Short takes you 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 memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride. 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, including 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 of his parents by the time he turned 20, and, more recently, he lost his wife of 30 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 re-tellable 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.

©2014 Martin Short (P)2014 Harper Collins Publishers

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    Darren Gauthier 01-10-15
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    "A high point for audiobooks...Bravo!"

    It's almost as if this was conceived as an audiobook first. His performance makes this more than just someone reading their book. This is the real Martin Short, as funny, candid and tender as someone can be when sharing their life and talent. Very highly recommended.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ty Brady 11-06-14
    Ty Brady 11-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This is what audio books were made for!"
    If you could sum up I Must Say in three words, what would they be?

    "Read By Martin!"
    Oh, give me a break, what a wonderful performance by Marty, and that's no lie. Can I call him Marty? I suppose if we were best friends, I could call him Marty. Oh and I suppose that would ever happen! This book made me completely mental, I was so sad when the book finished and there was nothing more to listen to, it was similar to a pain that may linger, I must say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Read and Performed by Martin Short.


    What does Martin Short bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's a total performance masterpiece. He does not merely narrate, he goes into his all sorts of different voices, there's even a couple of times where a piano is played. (but no triangles are played.)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Skip the movie, buy the audio book, it's better!!


    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Tomasetti Los Angeles, CA 01-28-15
    Michael Tomasetti Los Angeles, CA 01-28-15 Member Since 2016

    mthomaseddy

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    "Short and Sweet"

    Martin Short is the consummate showman and this audio memoir is like being at a dinner party with him as he regales you with the story of his life.

    I was most taken by his optimism and sunny disposition in the face of family tragedy. He is a man with a "Teflon interior," and at 64, shows no signs of stopping.

    This audio book is well read, and performances by Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley, and songs sung at Short's famous Christmas parties are icing on the cake.

    I plan on keeping this audio book to check in with Smarty Marty whenever I'm feeling like a good swift kick in the comedy pants.

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    elainepcowan 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Humble, heartfelt and hilarious"

    I enjoyed the flow of the story. The hilarious highs and the humility and telling grace through the lows. I have already recommended it to like minded friends after having to pull over to the side of the road on TWO occasions, once for laughing myself to tears and the other, well tears. It's a love story masqueraded as a memoir.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tina FORT PAYNE, AL, United States 01-11-15
    tina FORT PAYNE, AL, United States 01-11-15
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    "I laughed, I cried, I wet my pants...Ty Marty"

    A true comic genius, a must read if you need to laugh, or if you are in the mist of coping with a loved one with cancer. Great perspective.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Staats 11-17-14
    Dave Staats 11-17-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I always hoped he'd be like this."
    If you could sum up I Must Say in three words, what would they be?

    A Wonderful Life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the whole thing so much I don't know how to answer this question.


    What about Martin Short’s performance did you like?

    It was him. It felt like he was talking to me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I didn't know his history beyond the work so it hit me when he began talking about Nancy in the past tense at a certain point in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he had only covered half his life so we could have another book.

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    Diana 01-26-16
    Diana 01-26-16 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Laugh-out-loud funny parts but so human and family"

    and people-oriented. There are parts that made my throat feel like there was a huge lump inside and sad. But, it's a fantastic book, well-written and performed. Audio books are perfect for some stories and this is a great way for an entertainer to do their own autobiography.

    If you don't want to appear manic in public, this is a book best listened to at home or in the privacy of your car. You'll be laughing out loud a lot while listening to this book, and that could scare fellow commuters or strangers if you are out in public.

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    Dr. Mary Young 01-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a funny, but emotionally smart guy."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Must Say?

    anything Ed Grimly- I also loved his telling of the relationship with his parents- they were not a perfect family and yet he was so grounded in his own identity. He didn't love every aspect of his parents, but he appreciated them greatly. He saw their flaws as just that, but loved them regardless. so refreshing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me laugh and cry- the story of spreading his wife's ashes was so moving. I loved hearing about his relationship with so many other people. What I most appreciated was his down to earth sense of himself.


    Any additional comments?

    there were a handful of slow periods, but the overall story is worth hanging in there for.

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    Yasmin Robinson 01-25-16
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    "I loved this!"

    I've always loved Martin Short but, hearing him read his beautifully written memoir to me made me like even more. I can't imagine reading this book without him voicing his many famous characters. Easily the best audiobook I've ever listened to. A++++++

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    Gayla Gonsells 01-08-16
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    "ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT"

    This book is wonderfully entertaining a great insight to a wonderful man. he not only is a great comedian with a wonderful father and a loving husband and a wonderful storyteller thank you Martin Short for making me laugh

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