I Must Say

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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 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.

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.


  • 001 I Must Say An Ed-Ucation

    Duration: 24min
  • 002 Humble Celebrity Me

    Duration: 18min
  • 003 Marty with Parents

    Duration: 38min
  • 004 Interlude Irvin Cohen

    Duration: 06min
  • 005 Marty Without Parents

    Duration: 26min
  • 006 In Which I Find Jesus

    Duration: 26min
  • 007 Nancy's Boy

    Duration: 39min
  • 008 Interlude Ed Grimley

    Duration: 04min
  • 009 The Nine Categories

    Duration: 27min
  • 010 Interlude Jackie Rogers Jr

    Duration: 05min
  • 011 Workplace Nirvana at SCTV

    Duration: 50min
  • 012 Interlude Lawrence Orbach

    Duration: 03min
  • 013 Fast Times at 30 Rock

    Duration: 35min
  • 014 Eighties Hot

    Duration: 46min
  • 015 Marty Throws a Party

    Duration: 20min
  • 016 Interlude Franck

    Duration: 04min
  • 017 When Life Hands You Lemons

    Duration: 38min
  • 018 Interlude Jiminy Glick

    Duration: 06min
  • 019 Love Loss and Bumpkiss

    Duration: 42min
  • 020 Kathie Lee Wasn't Wrong

    Duration: 32min
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