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Born Standing Up Audiobook

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

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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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    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
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    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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    "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
    Amazon Customer everywhere you wanna be, pa 09-30-16 Member Since 2016

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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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    Michelle S. 09-29-16
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    "Moving, insightful, inspiring and yes..a bit quirky"

    Wow. This was my single best purchase on audible so far. I highly recommend. I will listen to this audio book over and over. I laughed out loud a few times and was also brought to tears during Steve's life story.

    I have been a fan of Steve Martin since I fell in love with Saturday Night Live....going on 40 years. I have learned that he is not just a comedian but a musician, writer, and thoughtful actor. This autobiography to me was yes a great story but it also dimensionalized his vulnerability, his process, his fears and his flaws.

    I applaud not only his willingness to share a very personal journey of introspection but also the thoughtful rambling man storytelling approach and the real life anecdotes and long since forgotten gags, lines and strange stunts which I didn't get to see as his career took shape.

    What a great peek into the life and career of a comedy pioneer who also captured my heart in City Slickers and Father of the Bride. I highly, HIGHLY recommend.

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    "Delightful nostalgia"

    Great look back at the career of one of the best comedians of the 20th century. Funny and reflective, with lots of warmth.

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    "Success always looks easier from the outside"

    Enjoyed every page of this book. I believe Steve is one of this centuries most talented & versatile artists yet he is as humble as they come. I bet you'd even be a pretty decent Realtor.

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    Jeremy 09-27-16
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    "I was sad it was over"

    An amazing story about a wild And wacky guy. I didn't want it to end.

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