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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

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    An insightful look at a great actor and comedian. This book she

    An insightful look at a great actor and comedian.
    This book sheds light on one of the best-loved and most talented comedians of our time. Steve Martin gives fascinating glimpses into his background, career and personal life. He tells his story in a funny, entertaining manner and also shares humorous anecdotes as well as some very emotional memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    I enjoyed it

    You have to read it for what it is: the story of how Steve Martin began--and ended--his stand-up career. Amusing!

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

    Very Insightful Autobiography of one of the most original stand-up comedians

    The story of Steve Martin's humble beginnings and early career were both insightful and enjoyable. I always loved Steve Martin as a stand-up comedian. His act and his early television specials were so original and cutting edge that they stood out from what everyone else was doing.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Liked It

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was especially impressed by the effort required to develop his routines. My only disappointment (-1 star) was that the book seemed to end rather abruptly; I had to re-read the ending before acknowledging that it had, in fact, left me hanging. Perhaps a sequel is out there somewhere. I listened to Steve's "Let's Get Small" album shortly after reading the book and enjoyed the album much more than before.<BR/><BR/>I should also confess to enjoying his book, "Shop Girl" and his play, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." Both are 5 stars on my list.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    A regular's guy's quest to be a wild, crazy, *funny* guy

    Few stars as big as Steve Martin come off as a regular guy. So if Martin's carefully crafted "regular guyness" has no bearing on his true persona -- well, you won't learn otherwise from this disarming memoir of his growth from dorky teenage magician to arena-filling stand up superstar. Plain-spoken and unsentimental about his arduous path to the top (it's shocking to learn how many times he had to appear on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show before it made a difference in his comedy bookings), he writes frankly about his rocky search for comic originality and, finally, about his willingness to set aside his sky-high stand-up career when he begins to feel it getting stale. Martin also doesn't shy from addressing his father's mean-spirited disinclination to acknowledge his son's success -- but overall his book is a shamelessly entertaining look at one man's single-minded struggle for comic fame before comedy clubs were common ... or comedy on cable (not to mention cable itself) even existed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Great history lesson about standup

    Anyone who enjoys comedy should read this book, short easy read and gives you an insight how difficult stand up really is. Very entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    Good not Great

    Steve Martin writes well and he tells a story that is both interesting and coherent... but it's another comic's tale of life as a comic having a dark side, that it didn't fulfill him personally. His storytelling sounds honest but not an overall happy story, which he makes clear from the start. Be advised that the book ends shortly after 'The Jerk' was released it is about his evolution into 'and out of' stand-up comedy which he clearly does not miss. He is a bright man and thankfully he made better movies than Robin Williams.

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