My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend
On Sale: November 4, 2014
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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
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 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.
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