A spoof of various common kinds of television commercials; products include "Truman Capote Jeans," "Okra Cola." Host Steve Martin plays an entertainer who dresses in a cat suit for a nightclub act tribute to Morris the Cat. —scgary66
Absolutely hilarious for its time!
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.
- Jan 2, 2009
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