DVD Review: ‘Steve Martin: The Television Stuff’ Collects Comedy History

Chicago – Do young people know of the importance of Steve Martin to the history of comedy? In the ’70s, he helped revolutionize the form through his unique, smart, daring approach on-stage and in his TV comedies and on “Saturday Night Live.” Much of the material that made him a superstar has been collected in a stellar three-disc set from Shout Factory, now available on DVD under the banner “Steve Martin: The Television Stuff.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

I must admit that some of this material doesn’t play like it did on its initial airdate. It’s a style of comedy that’s a bit dated and I imagine felt much more anarchistic to the entire form when it first aired. There are large chunks of “The Television Stuff” that I found more interesting as history than as comedy. But is that really a problem? This is a great box set to have for TV and comedy historians,
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