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Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (1981)

Steve Martin's fourth NBC special.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Martin ... Himself / Various
Dan Aykroyd ... Yortuk Festrunk / Irwin Mainway / Alexander Haig / Dr. Frederick Treves
John Belushi ... Zhelezna Postruk
Gregory Hines ... Himself / Lionel Foot
Lauren Hutton ... The Artist
Bill Murray ... Bytes
Laraine Newman ... The Artist's Friend / Mona
Lynn Redgrave ... Mrs. Kendal
Paul Shaffer ... Himself / Jo Jo the Dog-Faced Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Davis
James Downey
Al Franken
Eric Idle ... Reporter
Frank Kopic Frank Kopic
Don Pardo ... Himself - Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

Steve Martin's fourth NBC special was in the spirit of his previous association with "Saturday Night Live". It was broadcast live from Studio 8H, produced by Lorne Michaels and featured some original cast members of the show. Sketches included: the Festrunk Brothers (Martin and Dan Aykroyd) in a womens' art gallery (with Larraine Newman, Lauren Hutton and John Belushi in drag); Martin as "The Elephant Guy" (with Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Lynn Redgrave); Irwin Mainway (Aykroyd) hosts a game show for stupid people (with Newman and Gregory Hines). Written by MrBlondNYC

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steve Martin's Best Show Ever See more »

Filming Locations:

Kensington, London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Broadway Video See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This special was broadcast live. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from New York, New York
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Steve Martin
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Wow....times sure change!
23 August 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I don't know if it's just because times have changed or, perhaps, this fourth special by Steve Martin was never funny in the first place. All I know is that it hardly elicited a laugh and was painfully unfunny. A few sketches worked...kind of...such as the Elephant Man skit near the end and the dance numbers. But the rest were a sorry lot...especially the Two Wild and Crazy Guys (was this EVER funny??), the Eric Idle film and the Alexander Haig skit.

The bottom line is that this live Lorne Michaels-produced show just wasn't written all that well and it was, at best, spotty. I have the other three previous specials on DVD and hope they are better than this mess of a show. And, in the end, I don't blame Steve Martin for most of this...it's just that the writing was painfully unfunny and dull.


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