Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
Author: Steve Martin
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Steve Martin
First line: I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years.
This review was previously posted on my personal blog on January 9, 2008.
I enjoyed this, but I wish it had been longer. I’m hoping he’ll write another memoir that picks up where the book leaves off, which is at the end of his stand-up career and the beginning of his movie career.
Martin does a great job of describing his early jobs in entertainment and his stand-up career. His descriptions of the energy a person feels when performing live were spot-on and made me miss my theater days in college. He also deals with the fact that a celebrity’s public persona is not who that person is, and how lonely that made him feel at times. People expected the “wild and crazy guy” – and got a serious intellectual instead. I’m sure it was horrible to feel like you disappointed everyone you met. Unlike a lot of celebrity “authors,” Martin can write. For an even better example, check out his novel Shopgirl. (Two other celebrities who can write very well, and whose memoirs are worth reading or listening to, are Alan Alda and Sidney Poitier.)