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I Must Say: My Life As Humble Comedy Legend

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Martin Short

Narrated By: Martin Short

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: November 2014

Duration: 8 hours 41 minutes


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.


  • Kim s

    Fantastically touching, deeply personal and all around a good time. I loved this book and the whole Short family.

  • nab6215

    Wow! There is a lot more to Martin Short than I thought--no pun intended. He narrated the book, which made it warmer and sadder and deeper and funnier. What a life! I hope he writes more.

  • Kate Hughes

    I LOVED this audiobook and can't stop talking about it with my friends who also listened to it. I found myself listening to some of the sections over and over again. I laughed, I sobbed and am more of a fan than I ever was. You will not be disappointed!

  • Lori Kemp

    His story in his own words and with his own voice, Martin Short's "I Must Say" is a Must Read. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love with Martin Short and his family by the end of this book. When it was over, I felt that I had lost touch with an important friend.

  • Rebecka Pickard

    LOVED this book!! What a wonderful way to learn all about his life. The best part is actually getting to hear him do his characters. So beautifully told. I laughed, I cried, I would listen to it again!

  • Kilgore Jubeleski

    Hilariously touching memoir. I can't imagine having NOT listened to this book, as the only way to experience it is at the mercy of Short's brilliant narration.

I Must Say: My Life As Humble Comedy Legend

by Martin Short

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