Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life Author Steve Martin
ISBN-10 1416553657
ISBN-13 9781416553656
Year 2008-09-02
Pages 208
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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The riveting mega bestselling beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man a vocation and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly 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 This book is in his own words the story of why I did stand up and why I walked away Emmy and Grammy Awardwinner author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company and a regular contributor to The New Yorker Martin has always been a writer His memoir of his years in stand up is candid spectacularly amusing and beautifully written 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 Knotts 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 The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes 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 timesthe 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 Throughout the text Martin has placed photographs many never seen before Born Standing Up is a superb testament to the sheer tenacity focus and daring of one of the greatest and most iconoclastic comedians of all time

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