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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416553657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416553656
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 18 2007
Format: Hardcover
Born Standing Up will be of most interest to young people who want to create a career performing in stand-up comedy. I was fascinated by Steve Martin's recollections of the lessons he learned at the magic shop in Disneyland and in performing at the Bird Cage Theater at Knott's Berry Farm. Both places were favorite haunts of mine while he was doing his apprenticeship, and I'm sure I saw him perform but don't remember him. Knowing a lot about both places, it made it easier for me to appreciate the other steps he took to develop an act and to become recognized. His description of being on the Tonight Show was a good lesson in patience . . . the first dozen or so appearances don't do a thing for your career.

Having seen him perform, I could never figure out why he chose to do the self-deprecating bit and wear a white suit. Now I know how all that came about. It was definitely interesting.

But if you want to know a lot more about Steve Martin, the man, and his daily thoughts and challenges . . . this book will leave you disappointed.

At times I felt like I was reading a book about how to plan a career rather than an autobiography -- especially towards the end when he explained how heavy touring while you are hot makes it inevitable that you won't develop the new material you need to stay hot. I guess there's a reason why Bob Hope always had so many writers working for him.

I haven't always enjoyed Steve Martin's humor, and I found myself wondering over some examples of what was great about his humor. If you aren't a big fan of Steve Martin's or don't want to be a stand-up comedian, you might find it wisest to skip this book. It's probably a two or three star effort for you.
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By glady on July 10 2014
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Funny and good to know about his growing up years.
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2013
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Steve Martins story is nothing but fascinating. This book is brutally honest. At times funny...at times sad...but real for the whole story. Well recomended.
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By McC92 on Feb. 23 2013
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love it, steve martin is a riot. funny, insightful, and heartfelt. i loved it and would recommend it to all fans of his or of comedy in general
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This is an excellent memoir by Steve Martin of his days doing stand up comedy from the 1960s to the early 1980s.

I'd recommend buying the audio book version rather than the print version. The print version is good but Steve Martin's narration on the audio book adds something extra to the final package.

I have a forty minute highway commute to and from work and I usually pass the time listening to audio books. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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