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All Commercials... A Steve Martin Special (1980)

Steve Martin's third NBC special.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Julann Griffin
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A spoof of various common kinds of television commercials; products include "Truman Capote Jeans," "Okra Cola." Host Steve Martin plays an entertainer who dresses in a cat suit for a nightclub act tribute to Morris the Cat. Written by scgary66

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The Allens Anticol cough drop commercial featured in this special was captioned as being from New Zealand -- Allens was an Australian company and this commercial was filmed and produced in Melbourne, Australia in 1978, on location outside Melbourne Town Hall as well as near Parliament House, at the top of Bourke Street in the central business district. See more »

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You-Know Spokeswoman: Ladies, there is now a product on the shelves that does away with that embarrassing... you know. It gives a girl confidence when her... you-know-what... needs a... you know. Whenever she sees the first tell-tale signs of... whatever... You Know. It's easy to... you know. You just... you know. It comes in eight exciting flavors, and now it comes in three wonderful new scents, that smell like Pine, Evergreen, and new Natural, which smells like... you know. You Know comes in decorator boxes, so ...
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Featured in The Winds of Whoopie (1983) See more »

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Absolutely hilarious for its time!
2 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin's salute to '70s television commercials took shots at everything from "Suzie Chap Stick" to Palmolive to advertising agencies while showcasing his genius for physical comedy. This was back in the good old days of variety specials showcasing legendary comedic talents that we now see as legendary like Lily Tomlin, Bill Cosby, and Dick Van Dyke. I remember seeing this special as a kid and laughing hysterically at the "Okra Cola" sketch. It mostly pointed out how advertisers seemed to blatantly insult the intelligence of the American public while asking them to buy their product. This show truly reflected the attitudes of the television watching public of its time who were inundated with ridiculous and mundane commercial television before being set free by HBO and the VCR. If only this could've been a short series or something filling enough to make it to DVD today.


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