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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

Referenced in Hirut Hoot 5th Anniversary Video (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

El Paso
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Marty Robbins
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Available copy of this anywhere?
10 January 2006 | by higgsgigsSee all my reviews

I give it a 9, only because it's a little dated (26 yrs. next month)-- but is STILL the classic from what I remember. I had recorded this onto VHS at the time, and had since lost or erased it for some unknown reason. In the late 90's, I was able to get to the Museum of TV in New York City, and got to view the show again for the first time in like 15+ yrs.... and have since wondered (with the advent of Internet) if there were any available copies or recordings of the special anywhere on the 'net, and if anyone HERE maybe have a clue. In fact, ALL Steve Martin's TV specials should be available somewhere, on DVD or online. I still have a VHS-recorded copy of his 1981 special, with one of the last appearances of John Belushi on TV.


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