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Born Standing Up Audiobook

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

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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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    yungrlkng 06-30-15
    yungrlkng 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "How to send some one on one with the great Steve Martin"

    Fun! I particularly enjoyed the excerpts from actual shows. Honest and revealing. A good story

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    Scott 06-30-15
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    "I love hearing what happened behind the scenes"

    It was short. I wish he went over his movie career after he stopped doing stand up.

    If you love Steve Martin then this is a must read/ listen!!

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    David D. Schneider 06-29-15 Member Since 2017

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "Best for Steve Martin Fans 😱"

    And perhaps for those who are interested in the trail one comic took (I have no idea how generalizable his experience is) from "whoever will take me" to "wherever I want to go" (rags to riches).
    FYI I always now start with a three star and go up and down based on my response to the work just listened to. 😱

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    DTM 06-29-15
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    "A different side of steve martin"

    a serious comic who did indeed pioneer comedy and shape the way young adults of today see funny

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    C. J. Capwell Buffalo, NY USA 06-28-15
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    "Boring & not funny"

    I'm so disappointed. Steve tells the dull serious story of his life. I wanted to be entertained. It was more a guidebook of how to become a comedian.

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    Phillip 06-27-15
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    One of life's greats. A story to be appreciated by any of us with passion and conviction in our own profession's!

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    @ChadGrills Mountainview, CA 06-26-15
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    "Fun listen"

    This was a not too short, not too long work of art. Great story, narration.

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    Sunny K 06-15-15
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    "Wonderful, Martin delivers this home"

    Hilarious and interesting a great memoir boosted by the character of Steve Martin himself reading

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    Kaui 06-06-15
    Kaui 06-06-15 Member Since 2016

    I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks

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    "Insightful and well written reflection"

    I admire Steve Martin the comic actor, and I was surprised and delighted by the quality of Shop Girl. This memoir of how Steve Martin dedicated himself to a craft that is difficult and ephemeral is eloquent and honest. I especially enjoyed his concession that his depressive episode might have been self indulgent but nevertheless challenging.

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    Chad Denick 05-29-15
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    "A must read, or listen rather."

    This is a good book. You should listen to it. I did, and look at me.

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