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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martin Narrator: Steve Martin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, is a memoir written by the famed comedian Steve Martin.

Martin says he wrote this book to explain why he got into stand-up comedy and why he left it behind in 1981. Sensational when he first arrived on the national stage, he continued through the seventies to gain the largest following for a comedian for concerts in history.

From his early days to his career at Disney, to the bottom run café houses and clubs all the way to his final weeks at the famous Bird Cage, Steve Martin narrates the effect on his relationship that came from his struggle and his fame.

Originally he began selling tour books for the park at Disney, and for ten years after he worked at Knott's Berry Farm in their theatre, performing musical numbers alongside his stand-up sketches at least twelve times a week. Inspiring and illuminating are the tales that come out of these years. Martin details all the self-discipline and humbling he underwent to keep his work original. Though he got to the stage often, this frequency made him lonesome and created a disconnection between him and his family.

The hippie days and their segue into the Vietnam Way are detailed, as well as the background of the Smothers Brothers from the 1960's evolving to a national taste for the Saturday Night Live Series in the 1970's.

Multitalented Steve Martin is an author, comedian, writer of screenplays, musician, producer, and playwright. He has won many awards and was listed 6th on the 100 best comedians by Comedy Central.

The Emmy and Grammy Award winner’s candid, and spectacularly amusing memoir of his years as a stand-up comedian.

In the mid-seventies, 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 ten 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 sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absolutely magnificent…One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written.” 

    Jerry Seinfeld

  • “Read it for the intelligent musing, for the insights into burlesque…and the wily art of getting laughs.” 

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Detailing every aspect of the long-gestating development of his persona…Martin shows us how his stand-up comedy greatness was not born, but made.” 

    New York Post

  • “An entertaining and insightful story about the world of stand-up, showing the transformation of a fledgling entertainer into a comic…Born Standing Up is smart, compelling, and truly revealing.” 

    Boston Globe

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joy | 2/20/2014

    " He's super smart, and relatively humble, and a fine writer. I strongly recommend audiobook, narrated by Martin, for this, as the songs, banjo, and the intonation of his delivery are half the pleasure of the work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marianne | 2/20/2014

    " An interesting account of the situations and factors that affected the development of Steve Martin's skills as a comic and performer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin A. | 2/9/2014

    " I quite liked this book. Martin is quite serious away from the stage, and this book is a fascinating look at his career and a thoughtful reflection on his early life and stand up days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandie | 2/3/2014

    " everything you ever wanted to know about Steve Martin "

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