Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

By Steve Martin

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In the midseventies, 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. This book is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away." Emmy and Grammy Award winner, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, and a In the midseventies, Steve Martin...

Book details

February 29th 2008 by Scribner Book Company

(first published November 20th 2007)

Edition Language
English

Quotes From "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life"

"Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent."
"Through the years, I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration."
"Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do."
"I have heard it said that a complicated childhood can lead to a life in the arts. I tell you this story of my father and me to let you know I am qualified to be a comedian."
"How many people have never raised their hand before?"
"My most persistent memory of stand - up is of my mouth being in the present and my mind being in the future: the mouth speaking the line, the body delivering the gesture, while the mind looks back, observing, analyzing, judging, worrying, and then deciding when and what to say next. Enjoyment while performing was rare - enjoyment would have been an indulgent loss of focus that comedy cannot afford."
"I just believe that the interesting time in a career is pre-success, what shaped things, how did you get to this point?"
"I opened the show with this line: "I have decided to give the greatest performance of my life! Oh, wait, sorry, that's tomorrow night."

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