Martin is just as charming as a narrator as he is on stage. As a fellow magician, comedian and huge SNL fan I figured this book would be a cant miss for me,
Not enough of each of the above mentioned things were present.
Mostly I was looking to gain an understanding about the feel for what those early days at SNL were like. I know he wasnt a cast member but he was a host and part of the scene.
Also there is no mention of any movie other than the Jerk.
No Planes and no Father of the bride talk.
Kind of a bummer but still not a waste of time.
let me start by saying that I did enjoy the book. But was expecting a little bit more. The wording of the stories were all very flowery so it made it feel like it was hiding the fact that not a lot was covered in the book. Where was all of the behind the scenes from Saturday Night Live? More details about his time in the movies? Would have loved to hear more. I guess this leaves room for him to write another book.
If you choose this book expecting to fall on the floor with laughter, well, you might be disappointed. Steve Martin writes about his stand up years with a lot of insight, but the book is much more introspective than I would have expected. When he describes what his life was like at the height of his fame, well, let's just say I wouldn't want that. It's a nice listen, just not a particularly funny one.
The fascinating journey of an accomplished performer perfecting his craft and the twists and turns along the way.
Listen to Steve tell his story, you won't be disappointed.
Rye-and-Indian, baked daily.
Let it be known: I find Steve Martin to be an innovative and unique comedian and entertainer. You only get folks like him once or twice in a generation.
I was expecting this book to have some mindblowing insights about his rise to fame, with deep wisdom gained from the ensuing disillusionment. Frankly, there wasn't a lot of that. There was a lot of what you expect: started small, worked hard, made it big, now reflects. Ironically, "what you expect" was never in Martin's stand-up (the book does explain the roots of his unpredictability).
The one-liners and rehashed bits from Martin's early days are just great (publisher gets a star for their choice of narrator). The banjo interludes (played by Martin, of course) give the book a genuine touch. His path-crossings with other names from the '70s (Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, etc.) are cool. The last chapter is lovely--that chapter gets 5 stars.
This review is no takeaway from Martin's career or work--it just the book wound up being nothing more than a quick, pleasant summer read for me. If you're a Steve Martin fan, it's worth the time. Thanks Mr. Martin for sharing your story.
Well Steve could have been more revealing about himself
His voice is smooth and his delivery excellent.
Yes it did have some details about delivering comedy and did tell some details about what it is like about developing a comedy act. However it is lacks too much detail. Not too much introspection.
I was unable to stop listening to the audio book read by the author. His beginnings were different than I imagined. He started working at age ten and never stopped. I understand now why he no longer does standup. I miss his wild and crazy humor, and applaud his movies. Bowfinger is my favorite.
Because Steve Martin read it himself, its like going to a stand up comedy show when he reads his own stuff.
I enjoyed the whole book, the way he talks about his father is the most remember-able. Only because the way he talks about him, you can tell by the inflection in his voice that the feelings run deep there.
I really liked it. It wasnt what I expected though. With Tina and Amy's books, I was laughing at what they were saying. But with Steve, it was so calm, like sitting down with a friend, listening to him tell me his life story. It was funny to me, but i connected to him on a different level that really makes me want to relisten to his book.
I've learned to pace myself
I would like him to write more books and read more! I really like his voice!
Steve Martin is a lyrical writer whose reflections on both his Southern California childhood and magic-infused early days of standup transcend the genre of "comedy autobiography" to reach a mystical, albeit heartbreaking meditation on death and, you might say, joy. Read with a forlorn and at times hilarious tone, he digs deep into his past as a new-comedy pioneer and the wounds of his disapproving father as he goes from joke-magician to television writer to the biggest live comedy act in history. Too, he explores how the bits got stale, and, as he so aptly describes, "when comedy stopped being fun and got serious," and he left the world of live performance for the ease of film. An essential read for any fan of Martin, and, for those with a cursory interest in entertainment and the history of television. "Born Standing Up", like Steve Martin, is wise, insightful, hilarious, and often devastatingly sad.
Poetic, candid, silly...absolutely brilliant. Steve Martin is a genius of all sorts. His descriptions are so vivid and effective that I really felt viscerally able to recall times before I was born. I so appreciate this window into his life.