I Must Say

I Must Say


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.

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  • 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
  • 021 September of My Years
    Duration: 16min
  • 022 Acknowledgments
    Duration: 02min
  • 023 Credits
    Duration: 57s
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    Duration: 01min