A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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 maintained a normal, happy family life. 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, stage, and television stardom. He recalls how he developed some of his enduring characters—manic man-child Ed Grimley, elderly Tin Pan Alley songmith Irving Cohen, slimy lawyer Nathan Thurm, and the blubbery and bizarrely insensitive Jiminy Glick. Here, too, are his movie and television appearances, from the classic ¡Three Amigos! to his Emmy-nominated role in Damages, as well as his stage productions, including his Tony Award–winning performance in Little Me. Throughout, such friends and luminaries as Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Lorne Michaels, Nora Ephron, Frank Sinatra, and others 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 hosted in their Los Angeles home. He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was twenty 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 read it back to front and was surprised by its shocking beginning.”
“As long as I’ve known him I’ve tried to figure out what makes Marty tick. Now I have to read this book to find out? What a rotten Canadian trick!”
“Martin Short is a comedy superhero and this book is a peek inside his Fortress of Solitude.”
“What a wonderful book! If only it was about someone else.”
“This book, like Marty’s life, is a nutty-mahvelous affair.”
“A self-deprecating book filled with funny anecdotes about his family and famous friends…Short is by turns philosophical and endearingly goofy.”
“Short’s memoir is filled with all sorts of lovely anecdotes about…eccentric and endlessly interesting people.”
New York magazine
“An engaging, often quite funny, story of a man’s life, with all of its highs and lows.”
“A true vaudevillian, Short is always on as he delivers funny anecdotes from a diffuse and storied career.”
“This is a winner, a case where the audiobook is far superior to the written version. No one but Martin Short himself could tell his story in such a funny and poignant way…Short is everybody’s best friend, a creative artist who has now added another notch to his belt—audiobooks. He tells the story of his life, frequently allowing his characters, such as Ed Grimly and Jiminy Glick, to take over…This is one not to miss. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”
Martin Short is an award-winning Canadian-born actor and comic, adored for his work on SCTV and Saturday Night Live, as well as such great comic movies as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride, not to mention dozens of memorable talk show, prime-time, and theatrical appearances, from Damages to his one-man Broadway hit Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
- ISBN-13: 9780062350855