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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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... Himself / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Igor
... King of Cey What
... Love God's Date
... Pyramid Owner
... TV Director
... Plato
... Hippie
... Hippie
... Laundry Customer
... Public Service Announcer
... Sportscaster
... Cafe Counter Guy
Dick Schaap ... Sportscaster
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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14 February 1980 (USA)  »

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

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

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Drop Thumb Medley
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Steve Martin
Produced by William E. McEuen for Aspen Recording Society
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Steve Martin's 1980 Comedy is Not Pretty Television Special
12 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the funniest 1 hour shows I remember when I was growing up. Hilarious skits. His Laundry service played out as a southern preacher, and his drunken steamroller driver with Regis Philbin stand out in my mind. But the skits that are most memorable to me are the Death of Socrates (Where he is surprised that none of his followers told him that "Hemlock is Poisonous") and the one where he plays out the Marty Robbin Song "El Paso" with Monkeys and Elephant are just simply side-splitting. At the time, I didn't have a VHS recorder, so I don't have it. But I am curious if anyone knows if this is on VHS or on DVD? I haven't seen it, but you never know what is out there. These skits are definitely worth keeping in anyones collection.


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