|From a wildly imaginative meditation on who Lolita would be at age 50 to a skit entitled "I Love Loosely," in which Lucy and Ricky Ricardo play the parts of Hillary and President Clinton, this collection by comic genius Martin is both hilariously funny and intelligent in its skewering of the topic at hand.|
Steve Martin's talent has always defied definition: an actor who's kept us riveted for over 25 years, a razor-sharp screenwriter, an acclaimed playwright. In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of The New Yorker magazine already know: that Martin is a master of the written word.Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, the audiobook's pieces, some of which first appeared in The New Yorker, feature Martin at his finest.With a playwright's ear for dialogue, a sense of irony only Steve Martin could muster, and a first-class comic ability to perfectly time the punch line, Pure Drivel will have listeners crying with laughter, and marveling at the fact that in addition to all of his many talents, Steve Martin is also a superb writer.
|Number Of Pages||216 pages|
|Edition Description||Large Type|
|Series||Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Ser.|
|LC Classification Number||PS3563.A7293P87 1999|
Average review score based on 6 user reviews
Pure Drivel by Steve Martin is as flexible in its subject matter as its writer is in his professional life. Martin sets aside his Wild and Crazy Guy appearances on Saturday Night Live, and his arrows-through-his-head humor, to create a thoughtful, witty, and wry text which is good for several laughs per page.
Many of the essays in this book have been gleaned from the New Yorker and are hilariously funny and intelligent. The verbal images Martin paints on each page's canvas are the stuff of genius, and evidence of his work as a playwright and screenwriter. For a real treat, share the mirth by reading these essays aloud to someone.
Matin's years as a comedian enable him to provide a volume filled with perfectly timed punchlines; even in print. People with preconceived notions of Martin's buffoon personna will be pleasantly surprised when they discover that the comic clown is also a Headmost Humorist!
Pure Drivel by Steve Martin is among my favorite books. If you like Martin's films and comedy, you're sure to love this book, because it's one funny essay after another. Martin treats a wide range of topics, from the writing process and the feelings of the words and letters on the page to his failure to contact Mensa and a wily Filipino. There are plenty of great one-liners and gags which develop throughout the course of an essay, getting funnier and funnier.
My favorite essay in Pure Drivel is "Yes, in My Own Backyard," in which Steve is convinced that his birdbath was sculpted by Raphael. After mistakenly traveling to the Parthenon, he visits Raphael's tomb in the Pantheon and actually gets an answer from the master sculptor! Whenever I happen to see this book on my shelf, I pick it up and read this hilarious essay.
While these essays, many of which were originally published in The New Yorker, are all fantastic, some are more humorous than others, but you'll want to read the entire book anyway--it's rather short. I also have a great time reading passages aloud to my mom, who enjoys this book too. They say laughing is good for your health. Read Pure Drivel and you'll never have to worry about an apple a day.
Very funny. Original. Would recommend for any Steve Martin fan! You know the actor, now get to know him as a writer.
This is truly a funny book of one liners and other things he has done over years- A real H@@T EVERYONE WHO LIKES HIS HUMOR SHOULD READ THIS !!!!!!!!!
must have needed some walking around money :) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx