I Must Say

Finished I Must Say by Martin Short.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

In this engaging memoir, written with heart, wisdom, and a huge helping of hilarity, Martin Short shares stories of his life, revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the “comedian’s comedian” (Vanity Fair)

Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard, found success, and kept his personal life intact. His memoir is a reflection on his diverse collection of experiences, both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Short takes us through his career, from his early years with Second City Toronto and Saturday Night Live to his movie stardom. He recalls how he developed some of his enduring characters—manic man-child Ed Grimley, slimy lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the large and bizarrely insensitive Jiminy Glick. Here, too, are his television appearances, from How I Met Your Mother to his Emmy-nominated role in Damages, as well as his stage productions, including his Tony Award-winning performance in Little Me. Throughout, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Frank Sinatra, and others friends and colleagues share the spotlight.

This deeply private man brings us into the circle of his family life, from raising his children to the legendary parties he and his wife have hosted. He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was 20, and of the devastating death of Nancy, his wife of thirty years, in 2010. Despite the hardships, Short’s life has been full of laughter, and he remains perennially upbeat. In this wise and entertaining memoir, he shares his irrepressible joy.”

I was excited to read this, because I love three of Martin Short’s movies so, so much (Clifford and the two Father of the Bride movies).  But even if you’re not a fan of his somehow, there’s so much here to love.  He’s friends with so many of my most favorite celebrities (NORA EPHRON, you guys.  He knew Nora Ephron!) and has so many great stories to tell about everyone.  This is a deeply pleasant reading experience.  I know a lot of the time, we want to hear gossip about celebrities, but there isn’t gossip in this.  Instead, it’s more like, “You know these people you hope are awesome [Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Diane Keaton]? THEY ARE.”

It’s impossible to read this and not completely love Martin Short (his friends call him Marty, but I’m going to stick with Martin).  Most of all, though, it’s a story of the great love he and his wife Nancy shared.  She died of cancer a few years back, but it’s so clear that they were so completely in love and meant to be.

Highly recommended.


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