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Born Standing Up

(2007)
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At age 10, Steve Martin got a job selling guidebooks at the newly opened Disneyland. In the decade that followed, he worked in Disney's magic shop, print shop, and theater, and developed his own magic/comedy act. By age 20, studying poetry and philosophy on the side, he was performing a dozen times a week, most often at the Disney rival, Knott's Berry Farm. Obsession is a substitute for talent, he has said, and Steve Martin's focus and daring--his sheer tenacity--are truly stunning. He writes about making the very tough decision to sacrifice everything not original in his act, and about lucking into a job writing for The Smothers Brothers Show. He writes about mentors, girlfriends, his complex relationship with his parents and sister, and about some of his great peers in comedy--Dan Ackroyd, Lorne Michaels, Carl Reiner, Johnny Carson. He writes about fear, anxiety and loneliness. And he writes about how he figured out what worked on stage.

This book is a memoir, but it is also an illuminating guidebook to stand-up from one of our two or three greatest comedians. Though Martin is reticent about his personal life, he is also stunningly deft, and manages to give readers a feeling of intimacy and candor. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs collected by Martin, this book is instantly compelling visually and a spectacularly good read.

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Used availability for Steve Martin's Born Standing Up

Hardback Editions

November 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: Born Standing Up (Charnwood)
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1-84782-424-2 / 978-1-84782-424-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1-4104-0312-2 / 978-1-4104-0312-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1-4165-5364-9 / 978-1-4165-5364-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1-84737-103-5 / 978-1-84737-103-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Paperback Editions

September 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1-4165-5365-7 / 978-1-4165-5365-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1-84739-148-6 / 978-1-84739-148-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 0-7394-9558-5 / 978-0-7394-9558-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

November 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 0-7435-6972-5 / 978-0-7435-6972-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


2007 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Born Standing Up
Author(s): Steve Martin
ISBN: 1-4074-1273-6 / 978-1-4074-1273-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Share Productions
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Author(s): Steve Martin
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA