I got this after a friend recommended to me. Now I was not a big fan of Steve Martin but I am interested in comedy and comedy writing. After I finished the book which was a very enjoyable read I had a new appreciation for Martin and think this is a great insight on comedy and stand up. It is not a big book so wont take long to read but dont let that stop you.
Steve Martin recalls his early years as a stand up. He's a meticulous performer and an intermittently amusing writer. The best bits are his remembered routines. The wild and crazy guy persona was carefully put together and it is interesting to see how he grows disillusioned with it.
I first heard Steve Martins stand up about twenty years ago and I loved it straight away. Off beat and very funny. the story behind it is fascinating and enlightening. I found it very hard to put down this book and have raved about it to interested parties. If you like steve martin buy it, if you're interested in comedy its also well worth a read for the approaches to the sketches. Great read!
I enjoyed the positive feeling of Martin's enthusiasm for his career search from Disneyland to amateur dramatics to college and beyond. He was not"woe is me" but grateful and celebratory, even when doubting his next step. I'm glad I read this and I wish it had covered further years.
He comes across as quite a shy man with a good few insecurities. The book gives a good feel for the dogged work that goes on during the road to success. Incredible to find out that even when he was on some of the top talk shows he still had some trouble getting big gigs. He certainly is NOT full of himself. Its a good read if a tad light. But what are you expecting - its about comedy not the meaning of life. EXCUUUSE ME.