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Martin Short jokes that he’s writing a memoir to make money

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Poor Martin Short has to write a memoir ... Just kidding! (Sort of.) The 63-year-old Canadian comedian has announced he is set to write a book about his life and career for Harper. In his statement about the book, Short quipped that he is doing so because he is broke.

“I haven’t named my book yet, but I’m toying with the title ‘If I’d Saved, I Wouldn’t Be Writing This,’ ” Short said in a statement released by Harper on Sunday.

According to the New York Times, the book will drop in fall 2014 and will cover Short's career, from "SCTV" to "Saturday Night Live" to his film roles, as well as his three-decade marriage. “Although I’ve never read a book all the way through, I’m sure excited to write one,” he joked.

Sure, Short's comment about his financial situation was a joke, but could he really need the money? It's true that his last gig, as a judge on "Canada's Got Talent," did not end well (it was cancelled in June 2012 after just one season). And unfortunately, Short also just heard last week that NBC passed on a Lorne Michaels-produced comedy series he appeared in as a quiz show host.

But it's not all bad. Short is keeping himself busy, set to appear for one night only in "The Pirates of Penzance" in New York this summer, playing Major-General Stanley alongside Glenn Close and Kevin Kline. He will also lend his voice to the big screen animation of "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" next year, opposite Hugh Dancy and Patrick Stewart.

Even if he weren't working, the Ontario native still appears to be doing just fine. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Short is still worth a cool $25 million. So don't expect to see him down at the welfare office just yet.

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