Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Steve Martin, Author , read by the author. Simon & Schuster Audio $29.95 (
, unabridged, four CDs, 4.5 hrs., $29.95 ISBN ) ISBN 978-0-7435-6972-9

Martin recounts his tense childhood, his desire to become a magician and his segue into standup comedy in his surprisingly serious and eloquently written memoir. Martin's memories are perceptive and emotionally honest even though he confesses early on that while writing this book, he felt some events in his life “seemed to happen to someone else and I often felt like a curious onlooker.” Martin's writing is spare, concise and evocative, and he's a smooth and limber reader, an assured and relaxed, seasoned raconteur. Martin runs through some of his classic comedy routines to give listeners an idea of how they developed into his “anti-comedy” sets (humor without punch lines). “Enjoyment while performing was rare,” he reveals. “Enjoyment would have been an indulgent loss of focus that comedy cannot afford.” After 18 years of studying, refining and finally succeeding, Martin ends the book when he gives up the solitary standup life in favor of a collaborative life making films. Martin also provides the banjo music that plays between chapters. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover (reviewed online). (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 12/24/2007
Release date: 00/00/0000
Genre: Audio
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