According to Larry David, Martin Short’s new book, “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend,” is a pack of lies.
“Everything he says is just to make himself look good anyway he can,” he said, channeling fake Larry from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
The “Seinfeld” creator was at the Monkey Bar in Manhattan to toast Short’s book along with Jon Hamm, Tom Brokaw, Cheryl Hines, Robert Kennedy Jr., Lorne Michaels, Charles Grodin and Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter, the host of the party. David somehow made time to read the book, or at least pretend he did, while getting ready for his Broadway debut, “Fish in the Dark.”
“It’s about a death in the family and I can’t go into too much detail,” he said curmudgeonly, hinting that it would include his usual antics.
In the book, Short writes about everything from his early days in the Toronto theatrical circuit, including a famed production of “Godspell” that also starred Victor Garber and the late Gilda Radner, to his more recent comic creations, like Jiminy Glick, and the death four years ago of his longtime wife, Nancy Dolman, the real inspiration behind the book.
“After that moment I realized that I was in a position that I now had to become new again,” Short said.
When recalling some of his favorite films he starred in, he named “Three Amigos,” with Steve Martin and Chevy Chase, and “Clifford,” a dark comedy with Grodin that, like several Short movies, has since become a cult classic.
“Once someone asked me what my least favorite movie was,” said Short. “I told them and the next day I was at an airport and a 13-year-old kid came up to me and said, ‘You said that was your least favorite movie and that’s my favorite and you made me feel bad.’”
Grodin suggested “Clifford” may have been Short’s most authentic performance to date.
“I mean [Short] was playing a 10-year-old boy, which is maybe what he really is,” he said. The comically prickly actor seemed to be in good spirits. “It’s nice to talk to someone from Women’s Wear Daily, I haven’t done that in a long time.”