I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard, found success, and maintained a normal, happy f ...more
Although this book is very funny, Short's life has also been touched with tragedy. It's all here.
For me, I've always adored the man for all of the above listed reasons. After reading this book, my heart must have grown ...more
Note: I listened to the audio version of this book which is fun because Short performs some of his famous comic characters, sings, and does impersonations.
Though he may not have realized it at the time, Martin Short was meant to be a performer from childhood. As a youngster he made tape recordings of his family's entertaining quarrels and conversations...as well as his own solitary sketches. This was all fodder for Short's eventual emergence as a comedy machine with a stable ...more
As with most memoirs by comic performers, I partly listened to and partly read Martin Short's I Must Say: My Life As A Humble Comedy Legend. Turns out that was a good decision.
Even working with a co-writer (David Kamp), Short isn’t the best scribe. But he’s a first-rate impressionist. And so when he’s telling stories involving his famous friends (Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Steve Martin, Eugene Levy, Paul Shaffer, Gilda Radner, et al.), he brings them to life in the audiobook with quick, sharp imper ...more
Martin Short has always come across to me as one of the genuinely nice guys in Hollywood. Someone you could easily strike up a conversation with at a bar and he'd have you laughing hysterically within minutes. After reading his memoir and learning more about his close friendships that have spanned decades and the love he has for his family, I feel very justified in saying he's one of the good ones.
Martin was the youngest of five children growing up in Canada, and by the age of 20 he had ...more
I was not very familiar with most of Martin Short's work, so the majority of the references went over my head. However, the parts of the book where he talked about his wife's sickness and death wrecked me. Sobbing. Expertly narrated. ...more
If you are one of those who do not disdain (in your heart of hearts) the cult of celebrity, the fact that Martin Short is a "comedy legend" should only enhance your enjoyment. This is popular culture through the eyes of a long-term participant.
Short has had su ...more
Martin Short is obviously a very accomplished comedian and actor, but 8+ hours in audiobook format is too much.
First let me lay out what we have. This is a fairly straight forward bio of Martin Short. We find out about his life, his love for his family, his wife and his...art(?). The influences that made Martin Short, Martin Short (and all those other people) are laid out and discussed. The general approach is that first Mr. Short talks about a certain part of his career and then the next chapter is called an "i ...more
Martin talks about his childhood in Canada, how he got his start in acting and comedy, his relationship with Gilda Radner, his funny characters, his long and happy marriage to Nancy Dolman, his friendships with Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, etc., his experiences on SCTV, Saturday Night Live and in the movies, and finally, his wife's struggle with cancer.
Throughout the book, there are interludes with some of Martin's most ...more
I fully expected this book (audiobook, actually) to be another mediocre, ghost-written celebrity autobiography about a not-so-interesting life. Boy was I wrong. Martin Short has completely exceeded my expectations in this autobiography. He has written and performed a touching, funny, and cohesive story of his life. Other celebrities should be required to read (and/or listen to) this book before attempting to share their stories. I laughed out loud a ...more
The best part of listening to it is all the voices he does. Whether he's talking to Katharine Hepburn (before she decides to change seats), or doing a Bette Davis impression to her face.
Very funny, but filled with sadness too when he re ...more
I’ve been a fan of Short’s for many years, but in a low-key sort of way. It was more of an “Oh, Martin Short’s in this. It’ll be good.” kind of fandom. I never felt the need to track down details of his personal life, and indeed, he never seemed to show up in the tabloid press. But when I saw this book was being released, I knew I had to read it, because Short was part of the fabric of my childhood and adolescent love for comedy-- sketch and standup.
If at all possible, you need to listen to the ...more
So the first thing that surprised me was how much he had done, his career and work, most of unheard here in Germany (unless you dive deep into the internet I guess). I really enjoyed listening to him talk about his insecurities and how he came up with characters and how his work life looked.
The other thing I hadn't ...more
He had a pretty normal upbringing, so there wasn't the deep family secrets and pain that others have had to write about. This was mostly about his career. It wasn't as funny as thought it would be, but it was well done. I even actually cried when his wife died. 4 stars.
This is well worth the listen.
He also, I found in this book, is a devoted husband and father, a dear and loyal friend to so many people. He tends to ramble a bit, and jump around, but the stories about his childhood, his colleagues, and his family are wonderful. He vacations with Steve Martin and Bruce Springsteen, is ...more
There are plenty of entertaining anecd ...more
That said, I Must Say isn't just about comedy. There's plenty about Short's early life, family and career, and it includes a touching tribute to his late wife near the end. The name dropping did get heavy in a few places (...more