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14 February 1980 (USA) See more »
Steve Martin's second NBC special was done entirely in sketches. Highlights include: Marty Robbins' "El Paso" with monkeys; "The Death of Socrates;" and "Bizarre Oddities of the World." | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Steve Martin ... Himself / Various
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marty Allen ... Igor

Richard Deacon ... King of Cey What

Joyce DeWitt ... Love God's Date

Phil Foster ... Pyramid Owner

Peter Graves ... TV Director

Werner Klemperer ... Plato

Meredith MacRae ... Hippie
Gary Mule Deer ... Hippie

Louis Nye ... Laundry Customer

Regis Philbin ... Public Service Announcer

Carl Reiner ... Sportscaster

Paul Reubens ... Cafe Counter Guy
Dick Schaap ... Sportscaster
Noah Tutak ... Kid run over by steamroller

Directed by
Joseph Cates 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Elias 
Carmen Finestra 
Robert Garland 
Jack Handey 
Steve Martin 
Connie Turner 

Produced by
Joseph Cates .... producer
Jere Jacob .... associate producer
William E. McEuen .... executive producer
Production Management
Paul Deason .... unit production manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The special was produced without a laugh track, more like a film.See more »
Steve Martin:[as Socrates] It was always: "Socrates, what is truth? Socrates, what is the nature of the good? Socrates, what should I order? Socrates, what are you having?" And not once did anyone ever say: "Socrates, hemlock is poison!"See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Spotty Sketch Show Has Some Great Moments, 4 April 2003
Author: Popeye-8 from Nebraska

This show (not seen on network tv since 1988) represents the 'old' Steve Martin, as he began to outgrow the 'wild and crazy guy' persona. The sketches vary from hilarious (a parody of Marty Robbins' "El Paso" where Martin acts out the song with trained monkeys may be the funniest thing he's ever done) to subtle genius (he lip-synch's "Some Enchanted Evening", and does it straight, wearing a white tux) to parody (he mimics "60 Minutes" by turning the tables and investigating THEM, esp. Morley Safer being Canadian--look for Paul Reubens in a odd cameo as a sandwich maker), and those are the strong points. Other skits are inconsistent (the diving competition bit has some funny moments), dated(his "Love God" routine with Joyce DeWitt dies a rather painful death) or a bit offensive (a drunk driving steamroller bit actually made my mother storm out of the room!)...

This is a nostalgia piece for fans of the old "arrow through the head" Martin of the slightly pretentious "artist" will likely be confused.

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