Born Standing Up
|Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life|
|Cover artist||Design by John Fulbrook III and photograph by Bobby Klein|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group|
|Publication date||November 20, 2007|
|Published in English||November 20, 2007|
|Media type||print (Hardcover, Paperback); Audio Book|
|OCLC Number|| 153578765|
|Dewey Decimal||792.7/028092 B 22|
|LC Classification||PN2287.M522 A3 2007|
|Preceded by||The Pleasure of My Company (2003)|
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life is a memoir, released November 20, 2007, by Steve Martin, an American author, actor, comedian, producer, playwright and screenwriter. It chronicles his early life, his days working for Disneyland, working at low tier coffee shops and clubs as a comedy act, his later days at the Bird Cage,[clarification needed] his relationships, his eventual fame, and the reason why he quit stand-up comedy altogether in 1981.
The book examines Martin's childhood, and his first jobs at the Southern California theme parks Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. It includes his later stand-up comedy career, which lasted until 1981. In that year, Martin retired from stand-up comedy, feeling that he had achieved as much as he could with it, that his routine had become bloated and old, and that he would rather pursue his burgeoning film career.
Martin goes into detail about his act, including how others viewed his act, the tiny audiences he drew at the beginning of his career, and the huge shows performing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the height of his popularity. Through Martin's spare explanations, the reader comes to understand his love for magic, his early gags like the "Happy Feet", and his trademark three-piece white vested suit.
The book also deals with Martin's strained relationship between himself and his family, especially his father. It relates how he eventually reconnected with each of his parents, and learned to appreciate them more than he had in his youth. It details his parents' deaths, and how he dealt with each of them.
He also makes observations about how the world was changing around him, from the early days of the "peace and love" culture to the more challenging time that followed it, and how he used his act to work through his feelings about those times.
Audio-book Grammy Award nomination
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- Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, hardcover book's page at WorldCat
- Martin's main page at IMDb, The Internet Movie Database, undated. Accessed May 18, 2009.
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- Grossman, Lev. 2007 "Top 10 Nonfiction Books", Time, undated. Accessed May 18, 2009.
- Marshall Sella, [interview of Jerry Seinfeld], GQ, November, 2007.
- Audio excerpt Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life, The New Yorker, October 29, 2007. Accessed May 18, 2009.
- Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, audio book's page at barnesandnoble.com ISBN 978-0-7435-6973-6, undated. Accessed May 18, 2009
- "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List: Category 79 - Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)", grammy.com, undated. Accessed May 18, 2009.
- Review of Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, by Jeff Giles, Entertainment Weekly, November 16, 2007. Accessed May 18, 2009.
- Excerpt from "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin, USA Today, November 20, 2007. Accessed May 18, 2009.
- Audio excerpt from Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life, The New Yorker, October 29, 2007. Accessed May 18, 2009.