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Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978)

Steve Martin's first network special for NBC. The show is half concert footage (shot at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA) and half sketches. Sketches include: Martin as "Turtle Boy," ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Steve Martin ... Himself / Various
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Burns ... George Burns
Maryedith Burrell
Johnny Cash ... Himself
David Dozer David Dozer
Michael Elias
Joy Garrett Joy Garrett
Philip Baker Hall
Zale Kessler Zale Kessler
Tom Lillard Tom Lillard
Strother Martin ... Turtle Ranch Boss
Michael McManus
Anna Rodzianko Anna Rodzianko
Henry Winkler ... Himself


Steve Martin's first network special for NBC. The show is half concert footage (shot at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA) and half sketches. Sketches include: Martin as "Turtle Boy," rodeo-riding a giant turtle; Martin hosting a variety show, on which Johnny Cash discusses his research in astronomy; and Martin five years later as a drunken bum. Written by Chucklehead

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Release Date:

22 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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NBC Productions See more »
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The sketches were filmed without a laugh track. See more »


Turtle Ranch Boss: That's the way you want it
Steve Martin: That's the way I want it.
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Featured in TruInside: The Jerk (2016) See more »

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Utterly bizarre....and I like that.
30 August 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A while back, a collection of Steve Martin's TV specials from the 1970s and 80s was on sale for very little on Amazon. I bought a copy because I had remembered enjoying some of them. Well, I've now seen all five and most did not live up to my expectations...but this special and the one that followed it ("Comedy Is Not Pretty") have held up well. Instead of relying on his stand-up routine or his SNL appearances, these two specials are simply ultra-bizarre and make his appearance in "The Jerk" seem like "Masterpiece Theater"!! Sure, some of the skits fell very flat...but they came so rapidly that it never got dull.

"A Wild and Crazy Guy" does not, fortunately, have Martin playing that annoying Eastern European jerk who says that same line. It's his first network special and consists of lots of little films and fake Public Service Announcements that were just strange and off- kilter. For example, he plays 'Turtleboy'...a guy who wrangles and rides giant tortoises like the men in westerns! He also does a PSA decrying that garbage dumps are being turned into parks...'so what will YOU say to your kids when they say they want to play with the rats and vermin??'. Ultra-weird...and worth seeing.

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