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Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)

Steve Martin's second NBC special was done entirely in sketches. Highlights include: Marty Robbins' "El Paso" with monkeys; "The Death of Socrates;" and "Bizarre Oddities of the World."

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Martin ... Himself / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marty Allen ... Igor
Richard Deacon ... King of Cey What
Joyce DeWitt ... Love God's Date
Phil Foster ... Pyramid Owner
Peter Graves ... TV Director
Werner Klemperer ... Plato
Meredith MacRae ... Hippie
Gary Mule Deer ... Hippie
Louis Nye ... Laundry Customer
Regis Philbin ... Public Service Announcer
Carl Reiner ... Sportscaster
Paul Reubens ... Cafe Counter Guy
Dick Schaap Dick Schaap ... Sportscaster
Noah Tutak Noah Tutak ... Kid run over by steamroller
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Steve Martin's second NBC special was done entirely in sketches. Highlights include: Marty Robbins' "El Paso" with monkeys; "The Death of Socrates;" and "Bizarre Oddities of the World."

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Aspen Film Society See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The special was produced without a laugh track, more like a film. See more »

Quotes

Steve Martin: [as Socrates] It was always: "Socrates, what is truth? Socrates, what is the nature of the good? Socrates, what should I order? Socrates, what are you having?" And not once did anyone ever say: "Socrates, hemlock is poison!"
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Connections

Featured in The Winds of Whoopie (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Danced by Steve Martin at the end
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Spotty Sketch Show Has Some Great Moments
4 April 2003 | by Popeye-8See all my reviews

This show (not seen on network tv since 1988) represents the 'old' Steve Martin, as he began to outgrow the 'wild and crazy guy' persona. The sketches vary from hilarious (a parody of Marty Robbins' "El Paso" where Martin acts out the song with trained monkeys may be the funniest thing he's ever done) to subtle genius (he lip-synch's "Some Enchanted Evening", and does it straight, wearing a white tux) to parody (he mimics "60 Minutes" by turning the tables and investigating THEM, esp. Morley Safer being Canadian--look for Paul Reubens in a odd cameo as a sandwich maker), and those are the strong points. Other skits are inconsistent (the diving competition bit has some funny moments), dated(his "Love God" routine with Joyce DeWitt dies a rather painful death) or a bit offensive (a drunk driving steamroller bit actually made my mother storm out of the room!)...

This is a nostalgia piece for fans of the old "arrow through the head" Martin fans...fans of the slightly pretentious "artist" will likely be confused.


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