Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin (1998)

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Bob: Les, you picked Presidents. Are you and Tracey ready?
Les Shermire, Tracey Tollison: Yes.
Bob: Okay, go!
Tracey Tollison: Okay, The British are coming!
Les Shermire: Grant!
Tracey Tollison: Right. Dennis the Menace!
Les Shermire: President Mitchell.
Tracey Tollison: No, his neighbor!
Les Shermire: Woodrow Wilson!
Bob: OKay, tag team! Switch!
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Some essential sketches and some that I didn't really think were his best
14 August 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I would be lying if I didn't say I was rather disappointed on an overall basis here. It's not that Steve Martin's best moments aren't included here - it's just that not *all* of them are. Sure, there are the essentials like King Tut, the Wild and Crazy Guys and other such skits, but a good number of the material included is also rather dull. I know there are funnier skits out there, and I'm just puzzled as to why they would choose some of the ones they did.

Martin was a comedic genius in his heydey, as evidenced here. He may have gone soft over the past few years like Robin Williams and "sold out," but at one time he was a thinking man's comedian - much like George Carlin (minus some of the politics and religion of Carlin's materal) - and that shines through in early sketches. Martin loved toying with perceptions (he studied philosophy in college and a lot of his standup originated from there) - and, for example, the opening involving Martin trying to suck a table through a straw, then abruptly giving up and picking up a banjo, is comedy at its finest.

I just wish they had added some funnier, even more recent stuff to this collection.


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