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
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.