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)
It was very interesting to hear how he started comedy and a bit of his life before, during, and after his comedy exploded into our lives.
Steve Martin - this is his autobiography.
His voice is unmistakeable and it wouldn't have been the same audiobook experience had he not narrated. It was wonderful to hear his story, his words, and his life with his voice! Another great aspect of his narration is his banjo playing during several transitions and chapters - really wonderful musical talent, this man has. I heard him accompany Edie Brickell on the David Letterman show in 2014 also.
There were a few very personal revelations he shared with the reader/audience that touched me as I was listening. I loved that he was so honest and raw in his descriptions of his personal as well as professional experiences.
If you are a fan of Steve Martin, classic stand-up comedy, or revealing auto-biographies you won't be disappointed in this audiobook. I really enjoyed it!
Great read. I love to see the backstory of how they succeeded. Spoiler alert ... he didn't just wake up one day and star on Saturday Night Live ... he worked for it. Steve does the narration which is nice, but unlike the Tina Fey book, he doesn't seem to add any flair to the narration.
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.
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
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.
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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