- Hardcover: 209 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (20 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847371035
- ISBN-13: 978-1847371034
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.4 x 22.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life Hardcover – 20 Nov 2007
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"Absolutely magnificent. One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written." - Jerry Seinfeld, GQ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. He has had huge success as a film actor, with such credits as Cheaper by the Dozen, Father of the Bride, Roxanne, Parenthood, L.A. Story, and many others. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for his comedy albums. In addition to his bestselling novel The Pleasure of My Company and a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, he has also written a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was in America the day this book came out and I bought it on that day. I couldn't put it down it was such a well written, enjoyable read. It was finished within the day I bought it. His description of him and his fathers relationship is dealt with exceptionally well, the early years at disneyland and the Bird Cage Theatre, The realisation on a sunny day that he is now going to have to write his own material so he can achieve Originality, his relationships, his television writing, his lonely life on the road, all the way through to his enormous success and eventual step-down are all written about in a wonderful, sometime self deprecating, way that I have returned to sections of this book many times since reading it originally.
It is also a book that explains the culture of the late sixties through the seventies from someone who was there but not out of their head all the time... His description of the 'Streets Of SanFrancisco simmering with a toxic vitality' makes me wish I was around at the time as well.
If I have any complaints about this book it is in what he left out, although the stories were mentioned briefly there was no mention of the publication of 'Cruel Shoes' Also there is no mention of his appearance on the Muppet Show, a Television show as Subversive and funny as SNL which he mentions... Also I was disappointed to learn that the white suit he wore, had a practical purpose and wasn't just to make him look crazier...
Excellent Read... Especially for any Comedy Performers out there.
Having seen him perform, I could never figure out why he chose to do the self-deprecating bit and wear a white suit. Now I know how all that came about. It was definitely interesting.
But if you want to know a lot more about Steve Martin, the man, and his daily thoughts and challenges . . . this book will leave you disappointed.
At times I felt like I was reading a book about how to plan a career rather than an autobiography -- especially towards the end when he explained how heavy touring while you are hot makes it inevitable that you won't develop the new material you need to stay hot. I guess there's a reason why Bob Hope always had so many writers working for him.
I haven't always enjoyed Steve Martin's humor, and I found myself wondering over some examples of what was great about his humor. If you aren't a big fan of Steve Martin's or don't want to be a stand-up comedian, you might find it wisest to skip this book. It's probably a two or three star effort for you.
It's a good read, no doubt, but no idea what it was doing in that list.
If you are interested in what a stand-up comedian had to go through to "make it" back in the 50-70s then it's for you.
When Mr. Martin was doing stand up, I was not a big fan of his. His humor and mind didn't match. Yet, in reading his story, I understand where his humor came from and why. He tells us how he got started in stand up and how it developed. He tells us the story of his life right from his childhood up to today.
He takes us through the learning years where his act was just beginning to the act that everyone wanted to see. He tells the listener how he became estranged from his own family and how he managed to get back together with them again. In other words, he takes us full circle through his life. He even tells us about his writing talent of which I was not aware.
All in all, BORN STANDING UP is a great listen. Even if you are not a fan of Steve Martin, you can't help but become enthralled with his life and why and how he got where he is today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He comes across as quite a shy man with a good few insecurities. The book gives a good feel for the dogged work that goes on during the road to success. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Booker-T-Andy
A classic book. One for anyone interested in stand up comedy.Published 23 months ago by Martin Walker
I enjoyed "hearing" Steve's voice in the words, but I was a little bored about half-way through. Then it became more interesting and the last third was great!Published on 13 Oct. 2014 by Siobhan E. Frost
I enjoyed the positive feeling of Martin's enthusiasm for his career search from Disneyland to amateur dramatics to college and beyond. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2014 by D. Turner
Very funny in places. Steve has earned his place at the top through hard work.Published on 8 Aug. 2014 by Edward Thompson