Sunday, April 24, 2011

Reading list: stand-up comedy

At the Independent, Will Dean named a reading list on stand-up comedy. One of five books on the list:
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

A straight telling of Martin's career as a stadium-packing funnyman, Born Standing Up recounts Martin's transition from teenage wannabe magician to comic. Like [Stewart] Lee, Martin technically analysed every element of his work – he'd record, transcribe and refine sets – a perfectionism that, he explains, made his time at the top a depressing one.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue