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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
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
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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 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
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I was interested to learn how much philosophy he 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 catch up. (Based on...more
Martin writes with thoughtfulness and clarity about the path he followed from his first job in a Disneyland magic shop...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
"What if there were no punch lines? What if the...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
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
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
that sounds much more critical than it should. the man has done a lot in his lifetime and i'm sure it's hard to put all of that into a book cohesively. even thought it was a bit scattered, i would still recommend it.
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
I received a great gift for Christmas this year in the form of "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life". S...more
It's charming, though, and it's sad, like most of Martin's work, and it made me cry at the end.
This book was a very quick read and came across as one of the more shallow memoirs I've ever read. I understand that this was meant to only discuss Steve Martin's stand-up career but it read like a really really really long Wikipedia entry. Okay, that comparison might be a little harsh, because I did enjoy the book, I just wish there had been more. It needed more anecdotes, more reflection, more about Saturday Night Live, and more about the creative process. Often it felt like a synop...more