Born Standing Up : A Comic’s Life
by Steve Martin
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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The riveting, the mega-success, beloved and appreciated by a man’s memories, a vocation, and that an era named one of the ten best non-fiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment WeeklyIn the mid-1970s, Steve Martin exploded on the comedy stage.In 1978, it is the largest concert drawing in the history of stand-upIn 1981, he left forever.This book is, in his own words, the story of “why I made the stand-up and why I left”.”Emmy awards and a Grammy Award-gagnant, author of the famous New York Times best-sellers Shopgirl and Le Plaisir de Ma Compagnie, and a regular contributor to La New Yorker, Martin has always been a writer.His memory of his years in stand-up is frank, spectacular, entertaining, and beautifully written.At the age of ten, Martin began his career at Disneyland, selling guides in the new theme park.In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney Magic Shop and the Knott’s Berry Farm Theatre Bird Cage, making his first of magic, comedy, law on about ten times a week.The history of these years, during which he practiced and refined his art, is moving and revealing.Dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly young age and never falters or fades.Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline and originality that makes him an icon and informs his work to this day.To be good, to carry out of the frequent kind, isolation and lonelinessIt took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells this story with great tenderness.Martin also a portrait of his time – the era of free love and protests against the Vietnam War, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformation of new voices of Saturday Night Live in the seventies.Throughout the text, Martin placed photos, many have never seen before.Born Debout, it is a superb testimony to the incredible tenacity, orientation and audacity of one of the greatest and most iconoclastic actors of the Alps.
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