Thursday, 16 February 2012

steve martin - born standing up

I finished Steve Martin's 'Born Standing Up' in the bath yesterday evening, and it was really interesting, if you are interested in comedy, fame, magic and death (which, of course, l am).
It deals with his upbringing, up to achieving (and dealing with) his fame, and the later death of his parents, but is mainly about trying to make it for years, constantly changing his act to be new and original, and his anxiety attacks, probably bought on by too much work and stress (with the help of some drugs).
It is not a hilarious book by any means, but the parts about his drive and desire to learn, plus his insights into dealing with fame, are fascinating and well written, and the death of his parents and his relationships with them was very moving.
It's just a shame about 'The Pink Panther' and 'Sgt Bilko' remakes.

toodle pip

No comments: