Martin writing memoir, 'Born Standing Up'


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 "riveting chronicle of his early years as a stand-up comedian and a fascinating portrait of an era."

Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is hoping to have the book out by early 2008, but no publication date has been set.

Martin, 61, is a Waco, Texas, 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."