Most of the show concerns a filmed Steve presenting the Critic's award to several stars, including 'Ingrid Bergman' and 'Kirk Douglas', along with some small talk interviews. These were shot at Sardi's restaurant in New York, probably when it was closed, due to the utter quietness.
Steve's guests are The Diamonds (singing "Little Darlin'"), Xavier Cugat & his Orchestra with singer Abbe Lane doing "All Of You" and "Babalu," comedian Pat Carroll as a wife whose husband (Allen) tries to prove to her that a joke he told is funny, Erin O'Brien singing "Where's A Happy Ending?" Jerry Lewis plays Gordon Hathaway and a dopey boxer in the "Man on the Street" segment, Steve gives passionate readings of real "Letters to the Editor," delivers a silly speech to graduating seniors, and shows works of art used in magazine ads.
Goodman's in top form, and Steve does a duet with him. Yvonne and Steve in a baby-naming skit, Lawford and Steve play bored life guards. A "Night Beat" parody includes Knotts as his classic nervous nerd, and a bellicose Nye cracks Steve up.
Tony Bennett sings "One For My Baby". Floyd Patterson and Joe Louis talk to Steve about boxing and Floyd's title defense against Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson. Joanne Gilbert sings "Hello Bluebird". Show regulars, appear in a comedy satire on television quiz-masters. Steve plays a piano version of "Do You Ever Think of Me?" For the finale, the entire cast and guest list join in with a bevy of hula dancers for a production entitled "In the Middle of an Island".