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

Steve Martin's third NBC special.

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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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Very hit or miss...but worth seeing
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"All Commercials...A Steve Martin Special" is a very high energy hit or miss show from 1980. In many ways, it's much better than Martin's next special, "Steve Martin's Best Show Ever" because of its energy and goofiness. The fourth special was very slickly made, had lots of very famous guests and was produced by Lorne Michaels. This one lacked all that...but was funnier because of its energy and lesser-known guests (which included pre-Pee Wee Paul Rubens, Antonio Fargas and Louis Nye).

The theme of the special are television commercials and the show pokes fun at many from that era. Because of this, it WOULD help if you are older and remember the ads they are lampooning. In addition, there is a nice pop song by The Dirt Band. Overall, very uneven but like "Laugh-in", it comes and goes so quickly that the flat jokes are soon forgotten.


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