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Born Standing Up

A Comic's Life
Autor: Steve Martin
Sprecher: Steve Martin
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In the mid-70s, 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 10 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 60s, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the 70s.

©2007 Steve Martin (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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"Absolutely magnificent. One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written." (Jerry Seinfeld)

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Inspirierend, ehrlich, biografisch. Es macht Spaß dem Leben und den Erinnerungen von Steve Martin sein Gehör zu schenken.

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it's an interesting story which details what it takes to be a world famous comedian.

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Required reading/listening for every standup comic

Wild, funny and yet touching and profound with a great, nostalgic trip down memory lane to the birth of modern standup comedy culture in the 60s and 70s. Loved every second of it!!!