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Also by Steve Martin:

The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten., March 2012
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Born Standing Up
Steve Martin

A Comic's Life

Scribner
November 2007
On Sale: November 20, 2007
224 pages
ISBN: 1416553649
EAN: 9781416553649
Hardcover
$25.00
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Non-Fiction Memoir

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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Late Show with David Letterman - April 11, 2008
Late Show with David Letterman - February 21, 2008
Charlie Rose - January 25, 2008
Tavis Smiley - December 12, 2007
The View - November 29, 2007
CBS Sunday Morning - November 25, 2007
Good Morning America - November 20, 2007

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