Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

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Thorndike Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
The author shares the stories of his years in stand-up comedy in a memoir that recalls a first job selling guidebooks at Disneyland, his early magic and comedy act, his years of honing his craft, and the discipline and originality it took to take him to the top.

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Like a letter from Steve Martin.

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Throughout his memoir “Born Standing Up”, Steve Martin describes the events that led to him becoming one of the biggest stand-up comedians of his time, a career that began when he was a preteen ... Read full review

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When I was a kid, my best friend and I listened to two of Steve Martin's albums often enough to have them both memorized, so I was familiar with every reference Steve made to his routines in his ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas. He studied at Long Beach State College. He has acted in such films as The Jerk; Roxanne; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Bowfinger; Father of the Bride; Cheaper by the Dozen; and Shopgirl, which was adapted from a novel he wrote. He has won an Emmy for his comedy writing and Grammies for his comedy albums. He has made several appearances on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. He has written several books including Shopgirl, Cruel Shoes, Pure Drivel, The Pleasure of My Company, and An Object of Beauty. He also wrote a play entitled Picasso at the Lapin Agile and a memoir entitled Born Standing Up. During the 1990s, he wrote various pieces for The New Yorker. In 2002, he adapted the Carl Sternheim play The Underpants, which ran Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company and in 2008, co-wrote and produced Traitor. In 2013 he published a memoir entitled Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. This book tells the story of his beginnings as a magician and comedian at a young age and follows through his career lifetime.

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