Audiobook Review: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
Author: Steve Martin
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Scribner
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.)

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6 Responses to Audiobook Review: Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

  1. Kathleen says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by the dichotomy between Martin’s zany characters he has portrayed in movies and on SNL and the man he really is. I think I would enjoy this one but like you would like to read the rest of the story that brings his life up to the present.

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I enjoyed this too and think the audio is the way to go on it.

  3. Kailana says:

    I am hoping to read this at some point because I am curious…