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Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
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Feb 05, 2012

it was ok
Read in February, 2012

Well...this might have been better if I read it, rather than listened to it. The author reads his own work in a strangely emotionally flat delivery. Which I think says something about him that he actually touchs on in his autobiography. I think if I read it (for him, as in my own head) I would have given it more silliness...

Steve Martin is an amazingly talented man (despite his assertions to the contrary) and I do admire his work. But I now have no interest in meeting him....

This is a very analytical dissection/dissertation on his hard work and difficulty in becoming the most famous stand up comic in his day. The endless practice and honing his timing to nanoseconds is impressive. But ultimately, not terribly interesting.

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Denis Farley At the 'Bringing Down The House' premier he was there, sort of in a reception line. He passed close to me as he was leaving. I was drinking scotch with papa J. We looked at each other in a flat gaze. But I rode the elevator with John Voight, got a mischievous grin at a joke I offered to somebody's straight line. And then I had a nice discussion about the potatoes initiated by Jean Smart.

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