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Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (1981)

Steve Martin's fourth NBC special.

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Yortuk Festrunk / Irwin Mainway / Alexander Haig / Dr. Frederick Treves
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Zhelezna Postruk
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Himself / Lionel Foot
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The Artist
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The Artist's Friend / Mona
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Mrs. Kendal
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Himself / Jo Jo the Dog-Faced Boy
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Steve Martin's fourth NBC special was in the spirit of his previous association with "Saturday Night Live". It was broadcast live from Studio 8H, produced by Lorne Michaels and featured some original cast members of the show. Sketches included: the Festrunk Brothers (Martin and Dan Aykroyd) in a womens' art gallery (with Larraine Newman, Lauren Hutton and John Belushi in drag); Martin as "The Elephant Guy" (with Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Lynn Redgrave); Irwin Mainway (Aykroyd) hosts a game show for stupid people (with Newman and Gregory Hines). Written by MrBlondNYC

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References Pennies from Heaven (1981) See more »

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Music by James Sanderson
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Wow....times sure change!
23 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

I don't know if it's just because times have changed or, perhaps, this fourth special by Steve Martin was never funny in the first place. All I know is that it hardly elicited a laugh and was painfully unfunny. A few sketches worked...kind of...such as the Elephant Man skit near the end and the dance numbers. But the rest were a sorry lot...especially the Two Wild and Crazy Guys (was this EVER funny??), the Eric Idle film and the Alexander Haig skit.

The bottom line is that this live Lorne Michaels-produced show just wasn't written all that well and it was, at best, spotty. I have the other three previous specials on DVD and hope they are better than this mess of a show. And, in the end, I don't blame Steve Martin for most of this...it's just that the writing was painfully unfunny and dull.


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