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Born Standing Up 

Born Standing Up (2007)
A non fiction book by Steve Martin

 
At age 10, Steve Martin got a job selling guidebooks at the newly opened Disneyland. In the decade that followed, he worked in Disney's magic shop, print shop, and theater, and developed his own magic/comedy act. By age 20, studying poetry and philosophy on the side, he was performing a dozen times a week, most often at the Disney rival, Knott's Berry Farm. Obsession is a substitute for talent, he has said, and Steve Martin's focus and daring--his sheer tenacity--are truly stunning. He writes about making the very tough decision to sacrifice everything not original in his act, and about lucking into a job writing for The Smothers Brothers Show. He writes about mentors, girlfriends, his complex relationship with his parents and sister, and about some of his great peers in comedy--Dan Ackroyd, Lorne Michaels, Carl Reiner, Johnny Carson. He writes about fear, anxiety and loneliness. And he writes about how he figured out what worked on stage.

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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Hardback Editions

November 2008 : Hardback
Title: Born Standing Up (Charnwood)
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1847824242 / 9781847824240 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

December 2007 : Hardback
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1410403122 / 9781410403124 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   Amazon CA   

November 2007 : Hardback
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1416553649 / 9781416553649 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   Amazon CA   

November 2007 : Hardback
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1847371035 / 9781847371034 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

Paperback Editions

June 2013 : Paperback
Title: Born Standing up (Chinese Edition)
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 7510058872 / 9787510058875
Publisher: World Publishing Guangdong Corporation
Availability: Amazon   

September 2008 : Paperback
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1416553657 / 9781416553656 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2008 : Paperback
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1847391486 / 9781847391483 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

January 2007 : Paperback
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 0739495585 / 9780739495582 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

Audio Editions

November 2007 : Audio CD
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 0743569725 / 9780743569729 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

2007 : Audio Cassette
Title: Born Standing Up
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1407412736 / 9781407412733 (UK edition)
Publisher: Share Productions
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2008 : Kindle edition
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: B002RI9GBM
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2007 : Kindle edition
Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: B000UZNSN6
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   

 


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