Martin pens early life as funny man

NEW YORK: Steve Martin would like you to know more about his years as a wild and crazy guy. The comedian, filmmaker, actor and author is writing a memoir, Born Standing Up, billed by publisher Scribner as “his first work of narrative nonfiction,” a “rivetting chronicle of his early years as a stand-up comedian and a fascinating portrait of an era.”

Martin, 61, is a Waco native who in 1967 began writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and later worked for other TV shows before becoming a superstar in the 1970s as a stand-up comic, releasing such best-selling albums as Let’s Get Small and often serving as host of Saturday Night Live.