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)
Steve Martin's narration makes this.
No one could possibly do this other than him since it's about him.
Great story, intimate, well-written, and suuuuper funny and insightful. Best audiobook I've listened to in a long while.
Born Standing Up
Steve Martin, he was the mainest.
He takes his comedy much more seriously than he presents it, and it's fascinating.
The End is Surprisingly Moving
It's been a years since I listened, cute but not outstanding. I still have vague memories of enjoying some the tales.
I loved that Steve Martin narrated. It made me feel like he was in the car with me.
It definitely made me laugh.
Honest, Sweet, Amusing.
The surprises and the honesty.
He has a very pleasant and restful speaking voice. He came across as a really nice man (and was willing to talk about his own failings).
His references to his anxiety attacks and the difficult relationship with his father.
You won't regret buying it.
Insightful, funny, smart
Hard to say, Steve is the main character, but his life seems to have been filled with interesting people!
I've listened to his stand up, which was funny and absurd. He comes across as much more intelligent and thoughtful in this book than in his stand up.
No. It made me laugh at times, but it's a more sly humor. I keep saying
I'm about 70% through it and really enjoying it. I don't want it to end!
The book is entertaining from the beginining to the end and the narration is great. I listened to 'Born Standing Up' after completing a very draining project at work and the good laugh was therapeutic! Anyone looking to have a good laugh will find this book rewarding.
It however feels too short.
I bought this audiobook expecting some comedy, but what it delivered was an insight into the making of a career and a life--exactly what a good autobiography should be, even though at one time, Mr. Martin says he feels like he's writing about someone else's life. Steve Martin is a good storyteller. He gives us his triumphal moments as well as his anguish, without being overwrought. The story was always engaging and often surprising.
His voice, as we know, is very pleasant, and more pleasant still is that he reads with emphasis and diction, and just the right amount of emotion. You might think that's to be expected from a person in show business, but it's true that there are several audiobooks out there that have been slaughtered by actors who are bad readers.
On both counts, story and delivery, this one is a good pick.
I loved listening to this book. It would not have been the same if it were read by anyone but the author! No one would have done the voices the same or sang the songs we who were weaned on his stand up routine know so well. I love Steve and at one time knew his comedy routines by rote. I love him as an actor today. After listening to his book I understand the life of the aspiring comic and know exactly why he chose another course for his career. Love this book!
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