11/18/2014 10:01 EST | Updated 01/18/2015 05:59 EST

Martin Short stops in at CBC Vancouver

Martin Short is best known for his comedic characters on screen, from Three Amigos to Second City Television.

In his new memoir, I Must Say, he looks at his career's trajectory from the small stage in Toronto to the big leagues in Hollywood.

Short is in Vancouver and is signing copies of his book at Chapters on Robson Street at 7 pm PT Tuesday night, and he took a few minutes to chat on the air with CBC's Stephen Quinn during the afternoon broadcast of On The Coast.

Listen to that interview here.

Martin Short was born in Hamilton, Ont., and later studied at McMaster University. There, he met Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas and later formed improv group The Second City which later turned into Second City Television, a sketch comedy show that was broadcast in Canada and the United States in the late '70s and early '80s.

In 1984, he moved to Saturday Night Live where he was known for his impersonations of Katharine Hepburn and Jerry Lewis

Other television work included The Martin Short Show in 1999 and 2000, and performances as the character Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central's Primetime Glick, which ran from 2001 to 2003.

In film, he appeared in many comedy classics including Three Amigos, Father of the Bride, and Mars Attacks. His latest movie, which is coming out next month, Inherent Vice, is about the drug-fueled Los Angeles of the 1970s.