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Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
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Nov 02, 08

bookshelves: biography, pop-culture, comedians
Recommended for: pop culture junkies, comedy fans
Read in November, 2008

Absolutely marvelous. Martin explains why he thinks his kind of comedy works, and how he developed it. Plenty of fascinating vignettes about life in the armpits of showbusiness, as Martin worked his way from the magic shop at Disneyland, to Knott's Berry Farm, to dingy clubs, ski lodges, bars, and hotel lounges -- all the while honing his craft, developing the bits that worked and discarding those that didn't. And what makes it so interesting is that Martin will tell you why bits worked or didn't.

A terrific book for anyone who cares about developing their own craft -- whether it's standup comedy, acting, writing, music, or even hawking wares at a flea market. Good stuff.
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