Steve Martin recounts more than four decades as an actor, writer, and legendary performer in his new memoir Born Standing Up.
When he was ten years old, Martin sold guidebooks at Disneyland and was soon hired to work in the Magic Shop where for the next decade he developed as an entertainer, practicing magic, juggling and making balloon animals. Eventually, he was performing twelve original comedy/magic shows a week at the Bird Cage Theater in Knott's Berry Farm. Martin found work as a television writer in the late 1960s with The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. By the mid 1970s, Steve Martin was appearing regularly on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live.
Aside from his comedy routine (which included the release of two hugely successful, Grammy-Award winning comedy albums), Martin began work on the screenplay that would become his first full-length film, The Jerk. His long and memorable film career include outstanding performances in Little Shop of Horrors, Roxanne, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Shopgirl, which was based on his novella of the same name.
Steve Martin is also a playwright, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, an enthusiastic art collector, and an avid banjo player.
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