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Born Standing Up
A Comic's Life
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The Emmy and Grammy Award–winner's candid, spectacularly amusing memoir of his years in stand-up. Nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album!In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin...
The Emmy and Grammy Award–winner's candid, spectacularly amusing memoir of his years in stand-up. Nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album!In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin...
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  • The Emmy and Grammy Award–winner's candid, spectacularly amusing memoir of his years in stand-up. Nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album!
    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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  • 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.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Listening to comic great Steve Martin read his own "biography" (as he calls it) is a touching and hilarious experience. Known for his philosophical and wacky humor, Martin delivers in a flat "Steve Martin" manner. Listeners will soon be enthralled as this audio presentation has many laugh-out-loud moments. However, if you aren't familiar with Martin's style of comedy, you might think he's bored relating his story. Don't be fooled! He sounds exactly as he appears on stage and in films--intellectually challenging yet completely huggable. The production features Martin's banjo licks as incidental music and his stories of his early years, involving Disneyland, girls, Knott's Berry Farm, girls, early stand-up routines, magic, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," girls, and "Saturday Night Live." His thoughts about his family, especially his judgmental father, and his loneliness are heartbreaking. M.R.E. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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