Shaken never Stirred
Steve Martin is a very "interesting" guy. I'm not sure what I mean by interesting, it just seems to fit.
The most interesting part of this book is Steve's childhood and early adulthood trying out all kinds of entertainment. His absurd humor is tied to his background as a philosophy major. It's great having him narrate, as he always knows exactly how he wanted things to sound. Nothing earth-shattering, but entertaining.
Hearing Steve Martin's personal and intelligent review of his early years and rise to fame is a real treat. It leaves you with a lot to think about on many levels.
'Snoozefest' is what my husband just said when this book was over. I love auto-biographies, especially by comedians, especially when read by the author, and this was just really dry. It was a struggle to get through.
Well, not really, maybe Euclidean Geometrist-Artist?Anyhoo, this audio book was highly entertaining, albeit a little short. I think Steve didn't know what else to say after the last chapters in regards to his parents' death, which I know from experience is enough to derail any storyline. It seems he left out a lot of his history as a successful movie star. I would have loved to hear more about the making of LA Story and his relationship with Victoria Tennant. Also maybe more about working with the late John Candy, or stories about the Parenthood franchise? Other than that I loved this recording as it brought me back to the mid to late seventies when this teenager found Steve and his comedy a welcome release from my high school girl date-rejecting, hormone surfing, step-dad hating time in that era. My brother and I often repeated lines from Steve work during that time and this audio book took me back. We loved the "A Wild & Crazy Guy" Album, the movie "The Jerk", and the numerous appearances on SNL. Thanks, Steve, I hope you read this and know that this fan has always appreciated your wit, comedy, and humanity. Maybe you are best described as a Philosopher-Comic?
I found myself listening to passages again and again realizing that his words could've been written about my own life. Mr. Martin blends touching sensitivity and the expected humor to create a work, that like his standup shows, echoes after the curtain falls or the last word is sounded.
Hearing the real person behind the comedy actor speak about his life and how the magic happened for him was such a treat. Bringing back happy memories of the late 70s, which was an ulterior motive for reading this book in the first place, was an added bonus achieved exquisitely.