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The Paul Simon Special (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  8 December 1977 (USA)
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The Paul Simon Special was a great comedy/musical show
24 July 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

When Paul Simon met Lorne Michaels during the mid '70s, they became good friends pretty fast. In fact, Lorne-who had just created a show called "Saturday Night Live" though it was originally called "NBC's Saturday Night" (because of ABC's "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell" being on the air at the time)-had Paul on as host/musical guest on the second show with that ep mostly being a music show. So a couple of years later, Lorne then produced this, Simon's own network special for prime time. This one satirizes the backstage goings-on between the star and the producer who is named Chuck here and is played by Charles Grodin. Chuck does things like having footage of an audience of elderly people at possibly a political rally (they wave at inappropriate moments) applauding Paul (since the actual audience he performed in front of weren't numerically large enough), making Simon and Art Garfunkel do a corny banter before their number "Old Friends", and suggesting naming the show "The Paul "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Simon Special" because of possibilities of the other Paul Simons (a painter and a politician) also having a show! There's also a funny sketch with former "SNL"er Chevy Chase (I can't help thinking audio of his "dolphins" doing a Bee Gees song is actually him!), some good advice from Lily Tomlin, and plenty of great Paul Simon performances like "Loves Me Like a Rock" with the Jessy Dixon singers, "Still Crazy After All These Years", the aforementioned "Old Friends", and "The Boxer" among other songs. I wish the YouTube version I saw had the ending credits but otherwise, I highly enjoyed The Paul Simon Special.


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