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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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    Ben B. 10-03-16
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    "Excellent"

    Very well done. Excellent narration by Steve Martin. You realize that it took him 15 + years of hard work to become an overnight success.

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    Artin HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 10-03-16
    Artin HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 10-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Life of a Legend from his own narrative......"

    It doesn't get any better. A true Americana whose memories bring back Seventies so vividly..
    Steve Martin does not need a good review, his life is a living review of wonderful memories..
    I wished though He'd talk more about SNL.....

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    salingergurl 10-03-16
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    "Comedic Genius"

    As an improviser and lover of comedy, I found this story fascinating. Martin narrating his own story was what really made me want to listen, and he does a masterful job.

    It was cool to hear that his story intertwined with my own, intersecting, years apart, in Coconut Grove, Florida.

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    debralynn 10-03-16
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    "Not that interesting"

    Probably good if you are specifically interested in a comic's life, but did not find it as personal or insightful as other memoirs and got bored after a few chapters. Did not finish.

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    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 10-03-16
    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 10-03-16 Listener Since 2007
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    "A Wonderful Memoir"

    Didn't feel forced at all. Not self-aggrandizing. Just what happened, why, and how he felt about it. Informative and enjoyable!

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    Zachary 10-01-16
    Zachary 10-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Steve Martin"

    I found this to be a very interesting story. Steve Martin is not only funny, but intelligent and well spoken. I really enjoyed listening to him recount his early years. I also appreciated the realness of his story to fame.

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    Amazon Customer 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Such a good book"

    I am not typically a fan of non-fiction but this book is so well written and the words read by its author are just as entertaining. I laughed and cried and googled. I am recommending this book to my mother, which is saying something .

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    Susan Lake Forest, CA, United States 09-30-16
    Susan Lake Forest, CA, United States 09-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Poignant and Entertaining"

    Very enjoyable listening experience. This book focuses only on his standup career with only hints of his other professional experiences and personal life. It left me wanting to hear much more about his other careers...author, movie star, art collector, playwright. He may be too private a person to want to reveal his personal life but I'd like to hear more. I hope he'll write about these in the future. He's a multi-faceted person who would be fascinating to know more about.

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    Amazon Customer everywhere you wanna be, pa 09-30-16
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    "Absolutely loved it!"

    Made my week. Honest, compelling, story of an entertainers rise to.stardom. Could have been longer is my only complaint.

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    JR. Forasteros Dayton, OH 09-29-16
    JR. Forasteros Dayton, OH 09-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great window into how comedy works"

    a fun, insightful look at Martin's career as a stand up comedian. if you are interested in HOW comedy works, this is well worth your time.

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