Born Standing Up
In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away."
Emmy and Grammy Award winner, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, and a...more
I was interested to learn how much philosophy Steve had studied and how he evolved his brand of comedy. Rather than cue the audience for a punchline, he got rid of the punchline altogether and went on with another bit, waiting for the audience to c ...more
Not so, Steve Martin's BORN STANDING UP. First of all, it's more focused than most celeb tell-alls. It centers around Martin's life leading up to and including his career as a standup comedian, not as an actor/filmmaker. So "Three Amigos" f ...more
I'm not sure what I was expecting- ( nothing really I guess)- I had a shiny new hard cover in my possession for years-- ( not sure where it came from), but I finally gave it to my aunt who adores the heck out of him.
I don't 'not' like Steve Martin --- who doesn't like "Father of The Bride?"...or any movie he did with Goldie Hawn.... ...more
At that young age and for years after, Martin's humor resinated with me and I never fully grasped why until reading his autobio, Born ...more
I was upraised when I saw Caro’s review of this book and I definitely wanted to read a book written by a comic, who was with bunny ears, (a true witty playboy (ups, sorry, playgirl) bunny:D)
My experience with memoirs is 50/50 (as before this one I read only 2, one was really good and heartbreaking (The Diary of a Young Girl) and the other was awful and heartpuking (Scar Tissue). I’m happy to say that this book belongs to really good and heartbreaking. "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" is a flo ...more
So why did I find this book boring? I'm not quite sure.
With a serious tone of voice, dryly recounting his childhood and his difficult relationship with his father, Steve Martin goes on to relate the story of his comedic life. But it was all so serious. There are very few funny asides, and there's very little information on his skits on SNL or his relationships with the cast members.
I usually adore autobiographies in audiobook form, especially when they're na ...more
I hope this isn't too embarrassing a thing to admit, but when I was a kid I used to have Steve Martin's old comedy albums literally memorized; and I mean, literally, back in the late '70s and early '80s when he was at his commercial height, back when I was ten, eleven, twelve years old, I could litera ...more
I was being book ...more
And after reading Born Standing Up, did I learn how Steve Martin got so fuckin' funny? Kinda, its the emotionally stunted life that many comics seem to have, a job history ...more
Martin writes with thoughtfulness and clarity about the path he followed from his first job in a Disneyland magic shop ...more
His book reads like a Filofax diary of who and where and what. What's missing is any genuine humanity or emotion. Is he married today? Has kids? Who knows because it's not addressed.
He also appears to have less emotio ...more
So next time *I* am laughing hysterically while the rest of the room looks on in silence, remember kids, it's all Mr. Martin's fault.
This book, which I listed to as read by the author (I think it would have been funny to have it started to ...more
This is much more a bio than the Conway book. Here we will get a lot of the background story of what made "Steve Martain, Steve Martain". Moving from beginnings to the present we get the workings of his mind, what he hoped to achieve in his life. He talks about his insecurities and even his "process" (if it can b ...more
I think so many people today break into "the business" because of nepotism, but Martin did it by persevering. I first knew of him as the guy in the movie The Jerk, but he was also a writer for The Smoth ...more
The former “wild and crazy guy” began his show business career as an aspiring boy magician who sold guidebooks at Disneyland, graduated to corny melodramas in a sem ...more
When I was a kid, I had three heroes: Han Solo, Kermit the Frog, and Steve Martin. Two of them are fictional, so only one can tell his life story, and damn, he f'n did it. It's a story of perseverance, and how to persevere under what I would call whelming odds. Not overwhelming, but enough that you might see where he would want to pack it in. Sometimes.
I love his approach to this book. He doesn't really write too much about p ...more
"What if there were no punch lines? What if the ...more
It’s not a lot of laughing (the way some comedians have done recently). It’s a memoir of Steve telling about his life starting with his first few jobs as a teenager and then going into standup. Later he does his first movie “The Jerk.” It mostly covers the period in the 60s and 70s.
A few times I was impatient for it to be over. I’m not sure what would have made it better for me.
Steve is fine as narrator of his book.
Narrative mode: 1st person. Unabridged audio ...more
In Martin's own words this book is "a biography, because I am writing about someone I used to know." It chronicles his childhood entrance into show business and follows him all the way through playing stadiums in the 1980s.
What interested me most is his approach to doing stand up. I've often wondered what it's ...more
Audiobook: Mr. Martin does an excellent job narrating his own book.
I was born in the early 80s so Steve Martin the comedy movie star and SNL Host was part of my childhood. Steve Martin the stand-up comedian was not. I was too young.
I was intere ...more
So I was a little disappointed that this book was a little boring for me as he explained how comedy and his act had changed throughout the years. I'm sure a lot of the jokes were going to fall flat in the book since ...more