At age 10 Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott's Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory.
Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times: the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late 60s, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the 70s.
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"Absolutely magnificent. One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written." (Jerry Seinfeld)
Born Standing Up
Steve Martin, he was the mainest.
He takes his comedy much more seriously than he presents it, and it's fascinating.
The End is Surprisingly Moving
It's been a years since I listened, cute but not outstanding. I still have vague memories of enjoying some the tales.
I loved that Steve Martin narrated. It made me feel like he was in the car with me.
It definitely made me laugh.
Honest, Sweet, Amusing.
The surprises and the honesty.
He has a very pleasant and restful speaking voice. He came across as a really nice man (and was willing to talk about his own failings).
His references to his anxiety attacks and the difficult relationship with his father.
You won't regret buying it.
Insightful, funny, smart
Hard to say, Steve is the main character, but his life seems to have been filled with interesting people!
I've listened to his stand up, which was funny and absurd. He comes across as much more intelligent and thoughtful in this book than in his stand up.
No. It made me laugh at times, but it's a more sly humor. I keep saying
I'm about 70% through it and really enjoying it. I don't want it to end!
The book is entertaining from the beginining to the end and the narration is great. I listened to 'Born Standing Up' after completing a very draining project at work and the good laugh was therapeutic! Anyone looking to have a good laugh will find this book rewarding.
It however feels too short.
I bought this audiobook expecting some comedy, but what it delivered was an insight into the making of a career and a life--exactly what a good autobiography should be, even though at one time, Mr. Martin says he feels like he's writing about someone else's life. Steve Martin is a good storyteller. He gives us his triumphal moments as well as his anguish, without being overwrought. The story was always engaging and often surprising.
His voice, as we know, is very pleasant, and more pleasant still is that he reads with emphasis and diction, and just the right amount of emotion. You might think that's to be expected from a person in show business, but it's true that there are several audiobooks out there that have been slaughtered by actors who are bad readers.
On both counts, story and delivery, this one is a good pick.
I loved listening to this book. It would not have been the same if it were read by anyone but the author! No one would have done the voices the same or sang the songs we who were weaned on his stand up routine know so well. I love Steve and at one time knew his comedy routines by rote. I love him as an actor today. After listening to his book I understand the life of the aspiring comic and know exactly why he chose another course for his career. Love this book!
I thoroughly enjoyed this auto-biography and Mr. Martin provided an insightful and thoughtful account of his rise to fame.
"Interesting insight into a great comedian"
Steve Martin's narration is wonderfully clear and insightful, unlike many of his contemporaries he is able to recall the early days of Saturday Night Live and the 70's stand-up seen brilliantly. It is a useful look into the formation of his career and how he struggled early on. I would have preferred it to be a little longer as it’s much more interesting than many celebrity auto-biographies.
Yes, yes, yes. This is the first audiobook I have heard by Steve Martin and thoroughly enjoyed. It's fantastic hearing the author tell his thoughts and jokes.
Great book and a story that brings you up to date.
I wouldn't say I enjoyed one chapter or scene more than another, I did however love hearing how the conception of some of his catchphrases came into being.
The book was a very open and honest account of his life, a must buy if you like Steve Martin, his work and comedy. My only downside was I felt it was too short.
"Well worth your time"
It's a bit light on the humour but all the same, it's very interesting. His relationship with his parents, particularly his father comes as a surprise. He goes into detail about his route into the business, the highs and lows, the loneliness, and it's very revealing. Very well written and Steve reads it in a very matter of fact way - one that will stay with you long after you've read it.
"Tears of a clown."
I heard Scottish comedian Susan Calman recommend this book but having quite a mixed opinion of Steve Martin I thought it would just be a few hours of him massaging his own ego.
However I admit to being very wrong and understood Ms. Calman's reason for recommending it. This honest and sometimes very sad memoir of Steve Martin is a very memorable and surprising listen. Yes, there is plenty of humour but it clearly shows the road to fame has been a hard journey for the star and he readily admits to his own faults. At the end of it my opinion had been altered somewhat.
I would recommend this. It may not change your opinion of Steve Martin but it is an enlightening listen from the author.
"Great insight into the life of a great performer"
Insightful. Entertaining. Comical.
None I can think of.
His voice reading his story made it all the more real. It's his story after all so his tone changes naturally when it needs to, giving the book an extra dimension of reality as well as entertainment.
Mostly the part when talking about his relationship with his father. So honest and open about such an intimate subject. Fair play to him.
I liked the way he gave insight into the comedy circuit. I've kinda always wondered what it was like but never had the cojones to actually go try stand up. It's was a great listen.
"excellent and entertaining"
I found this book to be well written, well read and a very interesting insight into the life of a clever and artistic man. Very entertaining. I would listen to it again in the future and there are not many books I would say that of.
"Not what i expected."
I love Steve Martin as a comic, but after listening to this I am not so much a fan anymore. It does seem to be true that a comic has a difficult life, and he seems to have had his fair share of obsticles to overcome in his life. Not one I would recommend.
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