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.
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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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Appreciate the honesty and all the stories of his journey. So glad he narrated it. Will watch The Jerk again for sure! He will always be among people I cherish & admire from afar.
Comedy is hard.
The most memorable moment for me deals with his father and their relationship. Especially their exchange on his father's death bed.
He sings and inflects the jokes the exact way that he does. I would have missed that if I had read it.
Definitely. It's pretty short and very entertaining.
? did you come of age with the comedy of the 1970's and 1980's
? can you remember the very early years of " Saturday Night Live "
? do you have an appetite for knowing a performer's back story
steve martin has written a wistful and tender hearted memoir for you
as you'd expect he's a sensitive soul ( migraines, panic attacks, hypochondria etc. )
he seeks the stage to work out those issues and escape a dreary home life
martin is a remarkably kind, thoughtful, modest and eloquent man
he clearly prefers his current quiet life to his prior episode of national fame
there's a profound genuineness to his description of his life and friends
for some people, solitude and introspection are not things to be avoided
martin is clearly in that group and he quickly found fame to an irritant
if that speaks to your soul, i'd highly recommend this self-narrated book
Such a great story -- and there is no better way to hear it than from the voice of Steve Martin himself. Funny and touching, it brings back memories of his career. The insights into his life are unexpected and profound.
I was really excited to specifically listen to this book because so many comedians I like recommended it. I heard that it was hilarious and captivating because it was read by Steve Martin himself. So when I started the book I had high expectations for some laughs. I found it to be the opposite. Although it was well written Steve read in a monotonous and depressing tone the entire time. I zoned in and out at points because it was so boring, this is not something I usually do especially if I pay for an audio book. He went go over very minute details of his first jobs before he was famous thoroughly and skipped over big interest things like SNL and his movies.
Monotonous, Slow, Lethargic
Martin is just as charming as a narrator as he is on stage. As a fellow magician, comedian and huge SNL fan I figured this book would be a cant miss for me,
Not enough of each of the above mentioned things were present.
Mostly I was looking to gain an understanding about the feel for what those early days at SNL were like. I know he wasnt a cast member but he was a host and part of the scene.
Also there is no mention of any movie other than the Jerk.
No Planes and no Father of the bride talk.
Kind of a bummer but still not a waste of time.
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