Steve Martin’s Excellent Book, Born Standing Up

This book is so fun to read. It moves at a brisk pace and has many fascinating stories from his early years as a comedian. He describes the process of putting an act together and how he would work in coffee shop as there was not a huge Comedy Club seen back then.

The insights into his thinking and approach to comedy in this book are very interesting.

Steve Martin's fascinating book on his early days in comedy

Steve Martin’s fascinating book on his early days in comedy

Steve Martin is by one of my favorite comics and film actors.  His work on Saturday Night Live was pure genius and when he was a guest he always seemed to light a spark under them and bring the best out of that cast.

His Book Cruel Shoes is a laugh out loud riot. I especially liked the Chapter, “Warning

Label.”

Steve Martin Movies are always a blast.  From his first (and awesome movie) The Jerk to his hilarious work with the wonderful Goldie Hawn on The Housesitter he is a master of comedy.

Check out Steve’s comic timing on the trailer for the   Housesitter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNCG3EI_7N0

Then go buy the movie it is great. They also work together as a funny comic team in the 1999 movie The Out of Towners.

I love his very funny horror film The Man with Two Brains and he brilliantly plays a rockin’ dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. One of my other favorites is Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. This is a fabulous

film with an amazing editing job taking clips from many old movies and blending them skillfully

with Steve Martin and other actors interacting with the characters. Rare Comic Genius!!

However, my favorite, favorite Steve Martin Movie is Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I watch it every Thanksgiving.  It is a touching movie with tons of laugh out loud moments. I love when he steps out of the shower and discovers there are no towels left and he tries to dry himself with a washcloth.

This is the Original Movie Trailer for Planes, Trains and Automobiles: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093748/

Steve Martin’ physicality and facial expressions are what makes his comedy so dynamic.

The Comedy Classic: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, John Candy and Steve martin

The Comedy Classic: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, John Candy and Steve Martin

 

 

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