Born Standing Up: Book summary and reviews of Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Born Standing Up

A Comic's Life

By Steve Martin

Born Standing Up
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2007,
    224 pages.

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This book is a memoir, but it is also an illuminating guidebook to stand-up from one of our two or three greatest comedians. Though Martin is reticent about his personal life, he is also stunningly deft, and manages to give readers a feeling of intimacy and candor. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs collected by Martin, this book is instantly compelling visually and a spectacularly good read.

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"A charming memoir tracking what the great comic characterizes as his 'war years.' - Kirkus Reviews.

"Absolutely magnificent. One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written." - - Jerry Seinfeld, GQ.

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Steve Martin Author Biography

Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel; The Pleasure of My Company (novel); and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl. His work appears frequently in the New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

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