Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Steve Martin


The riveting, mega-bestselling, cherished and hugely acclaimed memoir of a guy, a vocation, and an period named one of many ten top nonfiction titles of 2007 via Time and Entertainment Weekly.

In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. through 1978 he was once the largest live performance attract the historical past of stand-up. In 1981 he surrender endlessly. This publication is, in his personal phrases, the tale of “why I did stand-up and why I walked away.”

Emmy and Grammy Award–winner, writer of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The excitement of My Company, and a standard contributor to The New Yorker, Martin has continually been a author. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly fun, and fantastically written.

At age ten Martin began his profession at Disneyland, promoting guidebooks within the newly opened subject matter park. within the decade that undefined, he labored within the Disney magic store and the chook Cage Theatre at Knott’s Berry Farm, appearing his first magic/comedy act a dozen occasions every week. the tale of those years, in which he practiced and honed his craft, is relocating and revelatory. The commitment to excellence and innovation is shaped at an astonishingly early age and not wavers or wanes.

Martin illuminates the sacrifice, self-discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his paintings to this present day. To be this stable, to accomplish so often, used to be setting apart and lonely. It took Martin many years to reconnect along with his mom and dad and sister, and he tells that tale with nice tenderness. Martin additionally paints a portrait of his times—the period of unfastened love and protests opposed to the conflict in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour within the overdue sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday evening Live within the seventies.

through the textual content, Martin has positioned pictures, many by no means noticeable prior to. Born status Up is an excellent testomony to the sheer tenacity, concentration, and bold of 1 of the best and such a lot iconoclastic comedians of all time.

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