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)
In these memoirs we learn that Steve Martin's life has be richer and deeper than we may have guessed. I do recommend it.
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.
Short and sweet!
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.
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.
Wonderful story, beautiful writing and heartfelt telling!! So glad I finally gave it a listen!! I highly recommend it to anyone!
This memoir as Steve refers to it, is so much more. Countless stories both personal and professional. Steve is a one of a kind humorist which is evident by the story of how his live persona came about. This man worked very, very hard to become who he is and his success is not an accident. I loved it.
Father of three with no time to actually read, but also a former history teacher and current attorney with a long commute-I love audiobooks.
ummm....like most audio book listeners, I listened to it only--didnt read the book
It's similar to Rob Lowe's books on life trying to "make it" in show biz
His voice...in some instances he sings or does character voices that only he could do.
No, and if there's a down side that's it...it's an OK story with a few interesting parts....
Steve Martin fans will be disappointed that he basically gets to the point where he went into the movies....and stops. The only film he talks about much is The Jerk....
As a aspiring Comic who looks up to one of the greats it was astounding to hear the story and life of such a prolific man.
This book is so well rounded. You will laugh at his growth in the world and be heartbroken as he details lost loves and Family.
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