Born Standing Up
By Steve Martin
Published by Scribner
Copyright © 2007
Steve Martin is one of the funniest comedians of our generation. We remember him for his movie roles: “The Jerk”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”, and more recently “Cheaper by the dozen”. His Credits go on and on. Some of us might even remember him from Saturday Night Live. But before that he was a stand up comic. “Born Standing Up” is the story of why he became stand up comic and then why he abruptly quit.
Steve martin’s road to the top started at the bottom with his middle class family in Southern California. His father had aspirations of being an entertainer, and living and working in the shadow of Disneyland and Hollywood Steve had those same aspirations. His family relationships were strained to say the least, so he poured all his thought and energy into his performing career which started out as a mix of magic and music and progressed towards comedy. “Born Standing Up” chronicles the years of his youth through the end of his stand up career. Before your eyes you’ll see Martin’s star rise, not only in words but also in surprising pictures of him, his family, and his acquaintances (who knew Steve Martin ever had anything other than white hair?!)
This is a great book for the Steve Martin fan and for comedic historians, but also for those who enjoy stories of the human struggle for greatness in any occupation.