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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy | TV Special 28 November 1998
A Saturday Night Live DVD featuring the best of Steve Martin.

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Steve Martin ... Himself / Various Characters (archive footage)
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A Saturday Night Live DVD featuring the best of Steve Martin.

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English

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28 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[On the game show Common Knowledge]
Bob: Now it's time for our lightening round. Let's bring out the 17 year olds! Jean, you're playing with Miles Hoffner a senior from Troy, New York. Miles, has your high school education given you the tools you need to go out into the real world?
Miles Hoffner: Um...Well, I...ya know...I mean, yeah. Sure, I guess so.
Bob: Terrific answer, and Les, you're playing with Tracey Tollison, a senior from Rockford, Illinois. Tracey, you were supposed to be on the show yesterday but there was ...
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References Black Sheep Squadron (1976) See more »

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King Tut
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Steve Martin
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Some essential sketches and some that I didn't really think were his best
14 August 2006 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I would be lying if I didn't say I was rather disappointed on an overall basis here. It's not that Steve Martin's best moments aren't included here - it's just that not *all* of them are. Sure, there are the essentials like King Tut, the Wild and Crazy Guys and other such skits, but a good number of the material included is also rather dull. I know there are funnier skits out there, and I'm just puzzled as to why they would choose some of the ones they did.

Martin was a comedic genius in his heydey, as evidenced here. He may have gone soft over the past few years like Robin Williams and "sold out," but at one time he was a thinking man's comedian - much like George Carlin (minus some of the politics and religion of Carlin's materal) - and that shines through in early sketches. Martin loved toying with perceptions (he studied philosophy in college and a lot of his standup originated from there) - and, for example, the opening involving Martin trying to suck a table through a straw, then abruptly giving up and picking up a banjo, is comedy at its finest.

I just wish they had added some funnier, even more recent stuff to this collection.


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