Quick Review: Born Standing Up


martinI picked up Steve Martin’s, “Born Standing Up” at the Albuquerque Airport (as I had finished my other book) and couldn’t put it down until I was done. It was interesting, funny, and heartwarming. Steve Martin is a beautiful writer.

They story gives a background into how and why Steve Martin came to standup. Having read books by Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey and Paul Riser, I found Martin’s style completely different, and his journey unique. He describes his drive to be “different”, to bring the unconventional to the stand-up world. We all know that he was very successful in that quest.

Steve Martin is a legend in comedy. Often confused with his characters, many people don’t recognize his intelligence and genius. It was a sad day when he packed his stand-up trunk for good, but for good reasons. Read the book, and you will understand.