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of all these great Canadian comedians in the early stages of their careers. It's amazing how many big name, important comedians were all part of the Toronto acting and comedy scene in the 70's.
Heart-Warming: Ultimately, for me, this book is more than anything an incredibly beautiful love story. We get to watch as Short meets his wife, Nancy, and finds himself drawn to her, though he's in a relationship with Gilda Radner at the time. We watch Nancy and Short fall in love, get married, raise their children, and stay forever fiercely in love, all against the backdrop of Short's tumultuous and exciting career.
Also, I was really impressed with Short's life management skills. He has this brilliant "nine categories" system of grading his life to keep everything in perspective. I immediately modified and adopted the system for myself. You can read about it here.
I listened to this on audiobook, and I'm so glad I did. Short's impersonations of the lengthy list of celebrities in his life and, of course, his own lineup of goofy characters make the audiobook version so much more entertaining than just reading the words on a page would have been. But the book-book still would have been good, don't get me wrong. This book is funny, interesting, and heart-warming all at once—I even got a little emotional at points.
Funny: It's funny in the way a good humor book should be. Even though this is not a humor book—it's a memoir or autobiography, however you'd rather classify it—Short includes a substantial dose of wit and turns of phrase, even outright jokes. In addition to the comedy that is woven into the narrative, periodic interludes give center stage to some of Short's most memorable characters. My favorites were the Jiminy Glick and Franck Eggelhoffer interludes.
Interesting: Any fan of comedy, SNL, or SCTV will be enthralled by the stories
I Must Say:
My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
By Martin Short
Audiobook Narrated by Martin Short
Reviewed on February 27, 2016
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