Top listen in my Audible History
Bossypants by Tina Fey. Both are autobiographical and contain some of their classic bits. Both have a drive for perfection in their comedy. Both have pursued comedy and performance their whole lives. They work hard on their comedy and it shows. Steve Martin seems much more original and hardcore. Tina is more of a collaborator, an improviser. Martin is a craftsman, honing and working on his comedy alone. He brings you into his mind, his cerebral process, taking your expectations and tweaking them. He talks about a comedian who had a visual cue that would let the audience know when to laugh. One of his jokes was so garbled it came across as gibberish. But he used his visual cue and he got a laugh. He takes this knowledge and structures one of his shows as all build up, but no release. He won't let the audience catch up on the joke because he doesn't do a visual or audible cue that lets you know when to laugh. So the audience is often laughing at something that happened minutes ago and he's moved on several jokes, so the laughter is coming in this weirdly structured stream. That's how cool he is, he can describe his process so accurately, that someone without any performance experience can get a thrill like he must have had. Him describing his fame how it snowballed, how it can make you incredibly lonely and isolated. How he was unfairly treated by the critics, how he worked his contracts, playing enormous crowds even though he was completely drained and unhappy.
Steve Martin. His standup, his inflections and his rhythm are perfect. He is a master comedian. To hear him describe a joke then tell it and it still remains funny... that's genius. I can't imagine anyone else doing his bits, that's how perfect his performance is. He also lets you in to his life in poignant touching ways. He's not maudlin or sappy, he has a matter of fact"ness" that comes across very genuine and honest.
Yes, and I did. I may have dozed off in some parts, but I came back to them later in a second listen.
I wanted more. I know that's the adage of comedy and performance. Steve is a master, I wanted more of Steve's life and his recollections. I feel he has said all he wants to say on the subject, but I still want more. In one of his earlier shows, held in a classroom, there wasn't a backstage. So when he was finished, he packed up his stuff and told everyone to go home. They didn't. They followed him out of the hall, into the street and finally into an empty swimming pool, where he finally crowd surfed across them. I'm there, I'm in the swimming pool, waiting for just one more gag, one more story, one more of his famous lines, if he doesn't like it, well EXCUUUUUUSSEEE MEEEEE
A great insight
Steve Martin obviously because he provided a great insight into his life and also the world of stand up comedy.
It was great to hear the story from him because he provided a real sense of the issues he went through.
Yes, but couldn't due to driving distances when listening.
Would recommend it to anyone who wanted either an insight to Steve Martin or what it takes to succeed in stand up.
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Absolutely. Steve Martin is a fantastic writer. He captures his thought life, the culture, the struggles and the triumphs in Born Standing Up. As Jerry Seinfeld said, 'this is the best comedic autobiography ever written.'
The process of becoming a comedian and then becoming a good one. This book is about the journey, it encapsulates real life and is told with remarkable sophistication and humor.
Every time Steve was broke and persevered anyway - he got better and better.
A comics life. (Which I believe was the original title for the book)
So good you will want all of your friends to read it too.
I enjoyed Steve Martin's description of his "road" to developing his brand of comedy, but I thought he still didn't provide all that much personal information (albeit the good description of his trouble with his father). I would have preferred to hear more discussion of his interest in music and the people he worked with, but this book was clearly focused on his stand-up career.
It was interesting to learn about how he developed his brand of comedy, but this was a bit difficult to follow at times. After all, his comedy might be one that needs to be seen more so than just heard.
I've heard him live a couple times, and those were very enjoyable and entertaining.
I didn't mind spreading this out over a while.
It seemed short. Maybe that is because I wanted to hear something about his music interests and career, and that wasn't there.
I was disappointed that he didn't "perform" his characters. He just kind of read them.
It wasn't a book of jokes but of his life. It was interesting but short. I wanted more.
FUNNY, EMOTIONAL, MEMORABLE. It brings back alot of good memories in a funny way
Steve Martin comes off as modest, but not falsely so. It's interesting to see all of the incarnations he went through to get to this point.
Warm, Touching, and Hilarious
The author shows the intellect and craft behind comedy.
Parts of the book are so well-written and spoken that his emotion is palpable.
The recollection of this part of his life - as he said, "I ignored my standup career for 25 yrs but now having finished this memoir I view this time with surprising warmth..." Me too.
I also loved Steve reading it and the banjo separating the sections was terrific.
The relationship with his father.
I may have wanted to but I walk and listen - but did look forward to listening to Steve each walk.
Loved this book
Alan Alda's "Never have your dogged stuffed"
It was OK. Very monotone throughout.
Yes...still worth a listen.
I will say, I thought I would laugh a lot listening to this audio, because I remember as a kid listening to his "Wild and Crazy" album over and over. There were some funny parts in the audio, but really let me down. When compared to Alan Alda's autobiography, it falls way short. Alan Alda's book had me laughing out loud in multiple places. Still, it was worth a listen because I really think Steve is a good person and still interesting.