SHORTI am big Martin Short fan.  I think he is one of the most talented and funny artists of his generation – and that is really saying something.  I was very excited when I heard Mr. Short had written a memoir, I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, and I couldn’t wait to read it.

I had an interesting experience with this book.  I went back and forth between the printed text and the audio book – which features Mr. Short reading his own words.  I find the best audio books are those read by the author and more specifically if the author is reading his/her own story and Mr. Short is nothing short (pun not intended) of brilliant in his reading of his own words.

I found the book to be an above average contemporary memoir (not hard to do as most show business memoirs and autobiographies are truly bad) and the companion audio version just pure pleasure.  First and foremost, Mr. Short has provided a well-crafted story of his life on and off the screen.  Mr. Short’s persona is of a larger than life and over the top performer. However, in his memoir we see the real person behind the performer and you appreciate his talent even more.

About I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short: “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.’ 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 David Letterman. 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 I Must Say, Mr. Short does not provide much insight into the creative process, something I like in books written by performers.  Instead we are treated to the story of a man so talented that everything he says and does is the creative process.

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.