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Born Standing Up
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2008-09-04
ISBN 10: 1847395848
Pages: 224 pages
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Born Standing Up Book Summary : Steve Martin has been an international star for over thirty years. Here, for the first time, he looks back to the beginning of his career and charmingly evokes the young man he once was. Born in Texas but raised in California, Steve was seduced early by the comedy shows that played on the radio when the family travelled back and forth to visit relatives. When Disneyland opened just a couple of miles away from home, an enchanted Steve was given his first chance to learn magic and entertain an audience. He describes how he noted the reaction to each joke in a ledger - 'big laugh' or 'quiet' - and assiduously studied the acts of colleagues, stealing jokes when needed. With superb detail, Steve recreates the world of small, dark clubs and the fear and exhilaration of standing in the spotlight. While a philosophy student at UCLA, he worked hard at local clubs honing his comedy and slowly attracting a following until he was picked up to write for TV. From here on, Steve Martin became an acclaimed comedian, packing out venues nationwide. One night, however, he noticed empty seats and realised he had 'reached the top of the rollercoaster'. BORN STANDING UP is a funny and riveting chronicle of how Steve Martin became the comedy genius we now know and is also a fascinating portrait of an era.

Born Standing Up
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2007-11-20
ISBN 10: 9781416569749
Pages: 224 pages
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Born Standing Up Book Summary : The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly. In the mid-seventies, 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 regular contributor to The New Yorker, Martin has always been a writer. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written. At age ten Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott’s Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times—the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies. Throughout the text, Martin has placed photographs, many never seen before. Born Standing Up is a superb testament to the sheer tenacity, focus, and daring of one of the greatest and most iconoclastic comedians of all time.

Born Standing Up
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Scribner
Release Date: 2008-09-02
ISBN 10: 9781416553656
Pages: 224 pages
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Born Standing Up Book Summary : The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of the year by Time and Entertainment Weekly. In the mid-seventies, 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 regular contributor to The New Yorker, Martin has always been a writer. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written. At age ten Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott’s Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times—the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies. Throughout the text, Martin has placed photographs, many never seen before. Born Standing Up is a superb testament to the sheer tenacity, focus, and daring of one of the greatest and most iconoclastic comedians of all time.

Comedy at the Edge
Author: Richard Zoglin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: 2009-02-03
ISBN 10: 1582346259
Pages: 256 pages
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Comedy at the Edge Book Summary : Surveys the stand-up comedy of the 1970s, citing the contributions of celebrity comics, from George Carlin and Richard Pryor to Robin Williams and Andy Kaufman, in an account that also evaluates the roles played by such clubs as Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, and the Comedy Store.

The Pleasure of My Company
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Hachette Books
Release Date: 2003-10-01
ISBN 10: 1401398804
Pages: 176 pages
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The Pleasure of My Company Book Summary : From the bestselling author of Shopgirl comes the tender story of a troubled man who finds love, and life, in the most unexpected place. Daniel resides in his Santa Monica apartment, living much of his life as a bystander: He watches from his window as the world goes by, and his only relationships seem to be with people who barely know he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest applications, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of light bulbs. It is through Daniel's growing attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he finally gains the courage to begin to engage the world outside, and in doing so, he discovers love, and life, in the most surprising places. Filled with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The Pleasure of My Company is a tour de force sure to delight all of Steve Martin's fans.

Shopgirl
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Hachette Books
Release Date: 2001-07-01
ISBN 10: 0786871644
Pages: 144 pages
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Shopgirl Book Summary : One of our country's most acclaimed and beloved entertainers, Steve Martin has written a novella that is unexpectedly perceptive about relationships and life. Martin is profoundly wise when it comes to the inner workings of the human heart. Mirabelle is the "shopgirl" of the title, a young woman, beautiful in a wallflowerish kind of way, who works behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus "selling things that nobody buys anymore . . ." Slightly lost, slightly off-kilter, very shy, Mirabelle charms because of all that she is not: not glamorous, not aggressive, not self-aggrandizing. Still there is something about her that is irresistible. Mirabelle captures the attention of Ray Porter, a wealthy businessman almost twice her age. As they tentatively embark on a relationship, they both struggle to decipher the language of love--with consequences that are both comic and heartbreaking. Filled with the kind of witty, discerning observations that have brought Steve Martin critical success, Shopgirl is a work of disarming tenderness.

I m Dying Up Here
Author: William Knoedelseder
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Release Date: 2009-08-25
ISBN 10: 0786746181
Pages: 368 pages
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I m Dying Up Here Book Summary : In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from all across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot—but it couldn't last. William Knoedelseder, then a cub reporter covering the scene for the Los Angeles Times, was there when the comedians—who were not paid for performing—tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In I'm Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there.

Based on a True Story
Author: Norm Macdonald
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: 2016-09-20
ISBN 10: 144341431X
Pages: 256 pages
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Based on a True Story Book Summary : Wild, dangerous, and flat-out unbelievable, here is the incredible memoir of the Canadian actor, gambler, and raconteur, and one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. As this book’s title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life—more or less—from his origins on a farm in the backwoods of Ontario and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live—until he was fired because a corporate executive didn’t think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than just a memoir; it’s the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm’s life. In dispatches from a road trip to Las Vegas (part of a plan hatched to regain the fortune he’d lost to sports betting and other vices) with his sidekick and enabler, Adam Eget, Norm recounts the milestone moments, the regrets, the love affairs, the times fortune smiled on his life, and the times it refused to smile. As the clock ticks down, Norm’s debt reaches record heights, and he must find a way to evade the hefty price that’s been placed on his head by one of the most dangerous loan sharks in the country. As a comedy legend should, Norm peppers these pages with classic jokes and long-mythologized Hollywood stories. This wildly adventurous, totally original, and absurdly funny saga turns the conventional “comic’s memoir” on its head and gives the reader an exclusive pass inside the mad, glorious mind of Norm Macdonald.

Pure Drivel
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2014-01-30
ISBN 10: 1780227434
Pages: 144 pages
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Pure Drivel Book Summary : 'A mix of urbane wit and surreal extrapolations - Douglas Adams meets Flann O'Brien' Independent Who else but Steve Martin could combine irrefutable evidence that Mars is populated by kittens with a treatise on sledgehammers? In this brilliantly witty collection of pieces Steve Martin takes a subversive glimpse at the world and a sideways swipe at the conventional. From memory tips for the over-fifties to his insightful exposition of 'Wittgenstein's Banana', never has 'pure drivel' been so entertaining.

God  If You re Not Up There  I m F cked
Author: Darrell Hammond
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2011-11-08
ISBN 10: 0062064576
Pages: 288 pages
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God If You re Not Up There I m F cked Book Summary : Tina Fey’s Bossypantsmeets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond’sgroundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F*cked—a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of anAmerican comic genius. By turns poignant and hilarious, Hammond takes readersfrom the set of Saturday Night Live, where he was the show’slongest-tenured cast member, to the drug-ridden streets of Harlem and into thetwisting corridors of his own unflaggingly humorous consciousness. Minglingbehind-the-scenes stories from television’s best-loved comedy series with adark look inside a world-class funnyman, God If You’re Not Up There,I’m F*cked is a book sure to resonate with anyonewho shares a talent for performance, a love of comedy, or a desire to know howan artist can climb from the deepest despair to the very top of his profession.

Born A Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2016-11-17
ISBN 10: 1473635314
Pages: 304 pages
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Born A Crime Book Summary : WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him. Noah was born a crime, son of a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the first years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, take him away. A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.

Baby s First Memory Book
Author: A. Wonser
Publisher: N.A
Release Date: 2015-10-07
ISBN 10: 9781503328464
Pages: 52 pages
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Baby s First Memory Book Book Summary : ** Best Memory Book For The Price** * Memory Book Features over 50 Appealing Fill-In pages from birth to preschool. Features adorable artwork and spaces for all of your candid moments. * Spaces for Photos on pages that include; You've Arrived, The Baby Shower, Your Nursery, Your First Twelve Months, Holidays Big Accomplishments, Preschool and so much more... * Sections Include; All About Mom and Dad, Baby's Arrival, Birth Certificate, Immunizations, Current World News, Price of Goods, The Baby Shower, You've Arrived, The Nursery, Tooth Chart, Big Accomplishments, Preschool Activities and so much more! Treasure your baby's special moments. Look back on all of those precious moments from Birth to Preschool. Record all of your baby's firsts. Have your baby's hand prints and footprints and so much more with this easy to use fill-in Memory Book. ** Baby's First Memory Book has everything you need to treasure all of those precious moments from birth to Preschool!

Why Fit in When You Were Born to Stand Out
Author: Premium Journals for Kids
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2017-09-12
ISBN 10: 9781976282294
Pages: 120 pages
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Why Fit in When You Were Born to Stand Out Book Summary : Peacock Teal Journal Notebook 8.5 x 11 Large, WIDE Ruled,120 Pages Relax and Get Your Creativity On With Your New Kids Journal! This Kids' Peacock Teal Journal Features 120 Wide-Ruled Lined Pages to Create Your Masterpieces On (60 Sheets). This Journal for Kids is Designed in a Generous 8.5" x 11" Size. This Kids' Composition Notebook is Perfect to Take Anywhere You Want to Go - Whether You Take Your Journey by Plane, by Train, by Boat or by Car. Plus, this Journal is Perfect for Practicing Cursive, Handwriting, Writing Poetry, Calligraphy and is Perfect for Home Schoolers. This Lined Journal is Perfect for Girls, Boys, Tweens and Even Teens. This Kids Writing Journal is Perfect For: * Christmas Gifts * Birthday Presents * Hanukah Gifts * 1st Day of School Gifts * Classroom Auctions * Stocking Stuffers * Secret Santa Gifts * Doodle Journal * Art Classes * 3 Kings Day Gifts * Valentine's Day Gifts * Baptism Gifts * And SO Much More! Make Sure You Grab A Journal for Yourself or Someone Else Today!

The Birth of NASA
Author: Thomas Keith Glennan
Publisher: U. S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Release Date: 1993
ISBN 10:
Pages: 389 pages
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The Birth of NASA Book Summary : The Birth of NASA--The Diary of T. Keith Glennan tells the story of the critical formative months of the new agency. The Introduction describes the background of T. Keith Glennan, the first NASA Administrator. After the Introduction, the book continues with Glennan's recollections of NASA from his appointment until the end of 1959. The 13 chapters are written in a diary format covering month-by-months his activities until he left the position in 1961. A Postscript, written in 1963, gives his views on the space program after he left office. A Biographical Appendix gives short sketches of about 400 individuals active in the space program during this period. Throughout the diary numerous explanatory footnotes by the editor clarify events an provide references for further details. Although Glennan's stay at NASA was short, his contributions are most significant, as he built the organization that would men to the moon and serve the nation to the present time.

The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2016-04-21
ISBN 10: 1784162124
Pages: 592 pages
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The Book Thief Book Summary : The 10th-anniversary edition of the No. 1 international bestseller and modern classic beloved by millions of readers HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH The 10th-anniversary edition features pages of bonus content, including marked-up manuscript pages, original sketches, and pages from the author's writing notebook.

Stand up
Author: Robert J. Randisi
Publisher: Walker & Company
Release Date: 1994
ISBN 10: 9780802731968
Pages: 242 pages
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Stand up Book Summary : Miles Jacoby simultaneously tries to clear a comic of a murder rap and locate a witness who can get a friend of his out of prison

Step by Step to Stand up Comedy
Author: Greg Dean
Publisher: Heinemann Drama
Release Date: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780325001791
Pages: 191 pages
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Step by Step to Stand up Comedy Book Summary : If you think you're funny, and you want others to think so too, this is the book for you! Greg Dean examines the fundamentals of being funny and offers advice on a range of topics, including: writing creative joke material rehearsing and performing routines coping with stage fright dealing with emcees who think they're funnier than you are getting experience and lots more. Essential for the aspiring comic or the working comedian interested in updating his or her comedy routine, Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy is the most comprehensive and useful book ever written on the art of the stand-up comedian.

Lucky Man
Author: Michael J. Fox
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-05-31
ISBN 10: 1446408299
Pages: 320 pages
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Lucky Man Book Summary : In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - in fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. In this candid book, with his trademark ironic sensibility and sense of the absurd, he tells his life story - from his childhood in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television and, most importantly, the years in which - with the unswerving support of his wife, family and friends - he has dealt with his illness. He talks about what Parkinson's has given him: the chance to appreciate a wonderful life and career, and the opportunity to help search for a cure and spread public awareness of the disease. He feels as if he is a very lucky man indeed.

Shadow Born
Author: Jamie Sedgwick
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date: 2011-03-07
ISBN 10: 9781460983621
Pages: 336 pages
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Shadow Born Book Summary : When Gabriel appears on a dark and stormy night, he seems just like any other twelve year-old... except for the scars that cover his back and the fact that he has no memory of his past. The wealthy couple who rescue Gabriel promise to help him find his parents, but their mysterious behavior soon leads him to wonder if they really are who they appear to be.Gabriel's new friends Jodi and Pete try to prepare him for the strange adventures that await, but they may already be too late. Gabriel suddenly finds himself in a world where no one can be trusted; a world filled with shadowy monsters, cruel villains, and dark conspiracies. As he pieces together his mysterious past, Gabriel has to wonder:Is it truly his destiny to save the world from the Shadowlords, or is he actually one of them?

Born Standing Up
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2008-09-02
ISBN 10: 1416553657
Pages: 224 pages
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Born Standing Up Book Summary : The Emmy Award-winning comedian shares the stories of his years in stand-up comedy in a humorous memoir that recalls a first job selling guidebooks at Disneyland, his early magic and comedy act, his years of honing his craft, and the sacrifice, discipline, and originality it took to take him to the top, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. Reprint. 500,000 first printing.