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Born Standing Up Audiobook

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".
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Publisher's Summary

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

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.

©2007 Steve Martin; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

2008 Grammy Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album

"Absolutely magnificent. One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written." (Jerry Seinfeld)

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    K. J. Ryan 04-28-15
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    "Not small"

    This little biography packs a big punch in a small package. Great insight into the greater comic with moments of belly laughs. Loved it.

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    E. J. Murray scotland 04-27-15
    E. J. Murray scotland 04-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Like smooth OJ"

    Still good but missing some juicy bits. Decent chronological account of the younger years of being a comic in those times.

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    James Pusateri 04-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth the listen"

    Even if you're not a fan of Steve Martin, there is some fascinating back story to the changing work of comedy from the 70s to mid 90s. And if you are fan, well that's a win-win no matter the situation.

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    Josh 04-17-15
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    "Awesome"

    Performed amazingly by the man himself. Gives a first hand look into the struggles Steve Martin went thorough to achieve what he achieved, and what it was like being thrown into the spotlight. I enjoyed it a lot

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    Danyel Lawson New York, NY United States 04-12-15
    Danyel Lawson New York, NY United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very open and honest"

    I like the unvarnished view of the strive for success. The keys to success according to Steve seem to me to be to never give up trying and learning and never drinking on the job.

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    Terry Dewayne Crewse Porterville, California 04-05-15
    Terry Dewayne Crewse Porterville, California 04-05-15 Listener Since 2009

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    "Very engaging"

    In these memoirs we learn that Steve Martin's life has be richer and deeper than we may have guessed. I do recommend it.

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    "started slow"

    It started slow but I'm very glad I listened to it. Steve Martin has worked very hard to become the entertainer he is.

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    Kate M. 03-23-15
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    "Fun book by a fun guy"
    What did you love best about Born Standing Up?

    It went back to Martin's early life, when he did stand-up. Interesting to see how his life progressed until he gave up stand-up to move forward in his career.


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    Short and sweet!

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    Ty Stephens 03-23-15
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    "Everything you want it to be."

    Steve Martin telling his own story. It's as good as you want it to be. You really learn what makes him tick and it made me appreciate him even more.

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    Larry Pontius Longwood, FL United States 03-12-15
    Larry Pontius Longwood, FL United States 03-12-15

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    "Excellent!"

    I expected it to be more comedic in its narration and in the end, because it was not, gave me a sense of who he really is. A surprising delight.

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