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)
Warm, Touching, and Hilarious
The author shows the intellect and craft behind comedy.
Parts of the book are so well-written and spoken that his emotion is palpable.
The recollection of this part of his life - as he said, "I ignored my standup career for 25 yrs but now having finished this memoir I view this time with surprising warmth..." Me too.
I also loved Steve reading it and the banjo separating the sections was terrific.
The relationship with his father.
I may have wanted to but I walk and listen - but did look forward to listening to Steve each walk.
Loved this book
Alan Alda's "Never have your dogged stuffed"
It was OK. Very monotone throughout.
Yes...still worth a listen.
I will say, I thought I would laugh a lot listening to this audio, because I remember as a kid listening to his "Wild and Crazy" album over and over. There were some funny parts in the audio, but really let me down. When compared to Alan Alda's autobiography, it falls way short. Alan Alda's book had me laughing out loud in multiple places. Still, it was worth a listen because I really think Steve is a good person and still interesting.
good but too short
Steve Martin and someone who can play the banjo
not long enough
An honest, but not deep, review of Steve Martin's early life. After recently listening to Keith Richard's and Patti Smith's autobio's, not quite as detailed, nor brash, a life story. Wish there was a bit more devling and more post-fame discussion.
It's always cool for the author, particularly of an autobiography, to narrate.
I enjoyed hearing all about his early years and his interactions with others in Hollywood.
I expected it to be more inclusive. It just stops when he gets into movies.
I only get books read by the author. He tells you up front he hates his work and the person he was then. So, his reading it this was should not have been a disappointment.
His disappointment with the relationship he had with his father was moving. Especially the beating he took. He had a sad childhood.
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.
"Interesting insight into a great comedian"
Steve Martin's narration is wonderfully clear and insightful, unlike many of his contemporaries he is able to recall the early days of Saturday Night Live and the 70's stand-up seen brilliantly. It is a useful look into the formation of his career and how he struggled early on. I would have preferred it to be a little longer as it’s much more interesting than many celebrity auto-biographies.
Yes, yes, yes. This is the first audiobook I have heard by Steve Martin and thoroughly enjoyed. It's fantastic hearing the author tell his thoughts and jokes.
Great book and a story that brings you up to date.
I wouldn't say I enjoyed one chapter or scene more than another, I did however love hearing how the conception of some of his catchphrases came into being.
The book was a very open and honest account of his life, a must buy if you like Steve Martin, his work and comedy. My only downside was I felt it was too short.
"Well worth your time"
It's a bit light on the humour but all the same, it's very interesting. His relationship with his parents, particularly his father comes as a surprise. He goes into detail about his route into the business, the highs and lows, the loneliness, and it's very revealing. Very well written and Steve reads it in a very matter of fact way - one that will stay with you long after you've read it.
"Tears of a clown."
I heard Scottish comedian Susan Calman recommend this book but having quite a mixed opinion of Steve Martin I thought it would just be a few hours of him massaging his own ego.
However I admit to being very wrong and understood Ms. Calman's reason for recommending it. This honest and sometimes very sad memoir of Steve Martin is a very memorable and surprising listen. Yes, there is plenty of humour but it clearly shows the road to fame has been a hard journey for the star and he readily admits to his own faults. At the end of it my opinion had been altered somewhat.
I would recommend this. It may not change your opinion of Steve Martin but it is an enlightening listen from the author.
The best read autobiography I've heard. Brilliantly told story of his rise to fame and the start middle ant then end of his stand up comedy career. This is well worth reading.
"Great insight into the life of a great performer"
Insightful. Entertaining. Comical.
None I can think of.
His voice reading his story made it all the more real. It's his story after all so his tone changes naturally when it needs to, giving the book an extra dimension of reality as well as entertainment.
Mostly the part when talking about his relationship with his father. So honest and open about such an intimate subject. Fair play to him.
I liked the way he gave insight into the comedy circuit. I've kinda always wondered what it was like but never had the cojones to actually go try stand up. It's was a great listen.
"excellent and entertaining"
I found this book to be well written, well read and a very interesting insight into the life of a clever and artistic man. Very entertaining. I would listen to it again in the future and there are not many books I would say that of.
"Not what i expected."
I love Steve Martin as a comic, but after listening to this I am not so much a fan anymore. It does seem to be true that a comic has a difficult life, and he seems to have had his fair share of obsticles to overcome in his life. Not one I would recommend.
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