I only went to a few live "concerts" when I was in college in the '70s and Steve Martin was one of them. In my mind's eye I still see his visual, intelligent, and off beat stand up routine. This memoir, beautifully read by the author and punctuated with what I assume is his banjo playing, brings those moments back to vivid life. I laughed out loud again at his wonderful humor (which was somewhat disturbing to the people on the treadmills next to me at the gym).
In addition to his wonderful humor, the author gives us insight into some of the entainment influences in his career and contemporary comedy. In addition to laugh out loud and insightful moments, Steve Martin shares memories from his childhood that are touching, often sweetly funny, and sometimes heart wrenching.
This will be a great book for all baby boomers. And if you don't like it as much as I did, then EXCUUUUUUUUSE MEEEEE!
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.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
I admire Steve Martin the comic actor, and I was surprised and delighted by the quality of Shop Girl. This memoir of how Steve Martin dedicated himself to a craft that is difficult and ephemeral is eloquent and honest. I especially enjoyed his concession that his depressive episode might have been self indulgent but nevertheless challenging.
I enjoyed this audio book, and it was lovely having the author perform it himself. With regard to the story, I had hoped for more about Steve Martin's life, but I suppose the title does suggest the fact that it is more about Steve Martin's stand up career than himself.
Love him or hate him, it's difficult to deny that this man is a complex and multi-talented performer. Made all the more powerful by Steve Martin's own narration, Born Standing Up will be added to my all time favourites list. From his very humble beginnings and the long road to stardom, this book covers the highs and lows of Steve Martin's life. His narration is intensely personal and engaging and presents an insight into the life behind the public facade.
A truly wonderful book.
This book was a real treat. Martin has an amazing amount of insight into his life and success. Anyone considering a career in show business would learn a great deal from his story. It was great to hear him read his own book as it almost always is, but in this case the listener gets a bonus in that when Martin recounts some of his old material he more or less performs it at times, making the comedy come alive as it did in his appearances and recording. Highly recommend.
Steve Martin does an incredible job capturing his time as a stand up comedian and the experiences that shaped him as a performer. Yes, the book is funny, but it is also very poignant as he takes the time to explore how his childhood and family shaped the person that he became as an adult.
Interesting and intelligent insights from the mind of Steve Martin. His own voice is sincere and engaging to listen to. His look back on his stand-up period is objective. When I watched him when I was a college student, I just thought he was funny. His book shows there was interesting stuff going on under the surface that I didn't see. This is a serious look and although it has funny moments that made me laugh it is more than that. Steve takes you along through the world of stand-up from the performer's side with a realism and credibility that makes it interesting.
I bought this book because I'm an unabashed Steve Martin fan and not too proud to admit I was one of the thousands who went to his comedy concerts in major arenas, relishing in every rendition of King Tut or his Grandma's song. For someone who's an excellent writer of screenplays, his autobiographical writing style is really too full of cliches and elementary similes, but in the end the book provides what it advertises: a look into the process that created (IMO) one of the most gifted stand-up comedians of this or any other generation. It'a quick and enjoyable listen, but really only if you're a fan of Martin. I don't think it would appeal to anyone else.