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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (November 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062309528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062309525
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book is a wonderful combination of the very funny and the very poignant.” (Matt Lauer)

“Very entertaining, lovely new memoir. I read it and wished I had read it again. It is nothing but delightful.” (David Letterman)

“I read it back to front and was surprised by its shocking beginning.” (Steve Martin)

“Martin Short is a comedy superhero and this book is a peek inside his Fortress of Solitude.” (Amy Poehler)

“As long as I’ve known him I’ve tried to figure out what makes Marty tick. Now I have to read this book to find out? What a rotten Canadian trick!” (Tom Hanks)

“What a wonderful book! If only it was about someone else.” (Larry David)

“This book, like Marty’s life, is a nutty-mahvelous affair.” (Paul Shaffer)

“A true vaudevillian, Short is always on as he delivers funny anecdotes from a diffuse and storied career.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Short’s memoir is filled with all sorts of lovely anecdotes about…eccentric and endlessly interesting people.” (New York Magazine)

“A self-deprecating book filled with funny anecdotes about his family and famous friends… Short is by turns philosophical and endearingly goofy.” (USA Today)

“I loved the book. I loved everything in it.” (Rosie O'Donnell)

“An engaging, often quite funny, story of a man’s life, with all of its highs and lows.” (Booklist)

From the Back Cover

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.


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Loved this book, it was like sitting down with him and having a nice long chat.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Mostly hilarious, but with touches of real life pathos, this is the biography of one of Hollywood's funniest men, and kid from the Great White North who made it big (I love his film in the Canada pavilion @ Epcot).

Martin goes into some depth about his creation process for some of his characters such as Ed Grimley, Nathan Thurm, Jiminy Glick. And it's "not all about me" as he talks freely about his co-stars such as Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, Mel Brooks, Nora Ephron,Tom Hanks, Paul Shaffer, and David Letterman. However, this is more than just the usual show biz name dropping, he has humorous anecdotes to share. I thought these were some of the best parts.

Martins life isn't all beer and poutine however, he also tells about how he lost his parents at a early age and recently his wife.

This may be one of the funniest memoirs I have read since Bob Hope.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ty Brady on November 7, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
Get the audio book!!
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.
Seriously though, Martin Short reads this and he goes into character many times throughout the book, that is why the audio book would be better. I'm sure the printed version is funny, but the audio version must be funnier.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Lawrence on November 6, 2014
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Martin Short is comprised of the funniest stuff in our solar system. The book reads marvelously, like he's sitting next to you telling all of these fantastic show biz anecdotes. My favorite part is the insider report from SCTV, just the best comedy show ever. He explains how his characters came to be - a laugh from this person, a voice from that one, a soupçon of Old Hollywood, et voilà! Genius.

Somehow I knew going in that he lost his wife, Nancy. This would be difficult for anyone, but the prospect of Short being sad is almost as sad as Ed Grimley being sad. But the way he weaves her quips and attitude throughout I Must Say shows the reader that she's still very present, that as long as he's here, she's here as well.

Even in the sadness there's an undercurrent of joy that comes through. Short and his long-time friends - like his SCTV alums, or Paul Schaffer, Tom Hanks, and Steve Martin, - seem a happy, even at times goofball, troupe going through life, laughing and making each other laugh. A really nice read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Willow on November 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have been a big fan of Martin Short for years. Loved this book, it was like sitting down with him and having a nice long chat.

One of the funniest men out there.

This is not to be missed if you are a fan
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan on November 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The audio version delivers the most entertainment: a Martin Short performance with jokes, all his characters, great story telling, singing and some music numbers. Short crafts this book as a direct extension of his artistry.

He also talks about his life in show biz, famous friends, and all the star trappings that go with it. But it's not just glitzy events and behind the scenes star-studded colonoscopies.

It is also a bittersweet tribute to his wife. And an unusual example of how to get through life sanely. Because he recognizes that he has gotten something else right, and shares his unique take on life and personal rules. They helped him survive the premature deaths of his mother, father, first love, and the love of his life. In Short, he shows that it takes more than talent and his ability to get funnier and better-looking with age.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Emmett Otter on November 7, 2014
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Poignant and hilarious, and I couldn't put it down. He's had a charmed life, with what seems like a wonderful family and great friends. it was fabulous to read about him. I'm a huge fan. As an 8 year old girl I was obsessed with sctv and all things Martin Short, still am. Interesting to see how he dealt with the stress and pressure of a performer's life, how he worked to remain positive all the while. I can apply it to my life as well! So thanks for that Mr. Short. The parts about his wife and her illness were heartbreaking but so beautiful. It's up there with george carlin and Steve martin's autobiographies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eggs on November 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Martin Short is one of my favorite comedian's of all time and I am 29. I loved him ever since I watched The Three Amigos since I was a little kid and now I have tried to see every movie he has ever made, along with his new TV show. I was able to see his one man stand up show last year in Jamestown, NY and it was the best show I have ever seen. He is so entertaining and makes me laugh like no other, and also is a very humble person. I am asking for this book or CD for Christmas!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HermanSchwartz on November 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
this is a very funny and surprisingly touching book from one of the greats.
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