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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 awayAt 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 magiccomedy act a dozen times a week The story of these years during which he practiced and honed his craft is moving and revelatoryMartin 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 70sIn 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 awayAt 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 magiccomedy act a dozen times a week The story of these years during which he practiced and honed his craft is moving and revelatoryMartin 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 70sIn 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 awayAt 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 magiccomedy act a dozen times a week The story of these years during which he practiced and honed his craft is moving and revelatoryMartin 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


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    I’ll start with the confession that I missed Steve Martin’s stand up I think I was first aware of him from “The Jerk” and “The Man With Two Brains” revelling in that bizarre sense of humour though I also loved him and the film “Roxanne” Having just read “Wild Crazy Guys” I decided to pick up this slim autobiography and I’m so glad I did From his early life in the 40s and 50s in a home dominated by his father who was generous in everything but his affection Martin escapes as soon as he can in the 60s taking on odd jobs in the magic shop at Disneyland and beginning his performing The act slowly develops as he sticks to his guns and goes against the grain he writes his stand up was “10 years spent learning 4 years spent refining and 4 years spent in wild success” finally hitting the big time in the mid 70s Told with a lovely dry wit and a searing honesty this is a cracking book not only revealing Mr Martin as painfully shy but also as a genuinely nice bloke but proving how tough comedy can be he tapes his acts then reviews and analyses them in depth to work out what got laughs and what didn’t His decision to stop stand up in 1981 and move into films is explained and the book pretty much ends there which really made me eager for volume 2 of the biography which as of writing this hasn’t appeared He does however complete the story to date the book was published in 2007 explaining the situation with his family which is both heart warming with his sister and made me well up his parents Interesting intriguing funny and sad this is the perfect autobiography and I’d highly recommend it