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Release Date:
30 September 1980 (USA) See more »
Steve Martin's third NBC special. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win See more »
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Absolutely hilarious for its time! See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)

Steve Martin ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
Gayle Crofoot ... Dancer

Antonio Fargas
Ken Grant ... Dancer
Julann Griffin

Robert Klein

Anne Lockhart
Julie McWhirter (as Julie McWhirter Dees)
Louis Nye
Vince Paterson ... Dancer
Pat Proft

Paul Reubens

Avery Schreiber

Directed by
Walter C. Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeffrey Barron 
Earl Brown 
Carmen Finestra 
Neal Israel 
Denny Johnston 
Sean Kelly 
Steve Martin 
Pat McCormick 
Michael McManus 
Pat Proft 
Mason Williams 

Produced by
Joseph Cates .... producer
Marty Klein .... executive producer
Ken Suddles .... executive producer
Original Music by
Earl Brown  (as W. Earl Brown)
Sound Department
James Dehr .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Mark Steen .... production assistant
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. .... production assistant (uncredited)


Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Factual errors: 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 »
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...See more »
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Featured in The Winds of Whoopie (1983) (TV)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely hilarious for its time!, 2 January 2009
Author: kinetik2005 from United States

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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