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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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Storyline

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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Details

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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Steve Martin's 1980 Comedy is Not Pretty Television Special
12 December 2006 | by g-balzanoSee all my reviews

This was one of the funniest 1 hour shows I remember when I was growing up. Hilarious skits. His Laundry service played out as a southern preacher, and his drunken steamroller driver with Regis Philbin stand out in my mind. But the skits that are most memorable to me are the Death of Socrates (Where he is surprised that none of his followers told him that "Hemlock is Poisonous") and the one where he plays out the Marty Robbin Song "El Paso" with Monkeys and Elephant are just simply side-splitting. At the time, I didn't have a VHS recorder, so I don't have it. But I am curious if anyone knows if this is on VHS or on DVD? I haven't seen it, but you never know what is out there. These skits are definitely worth keeping in anyones collection.


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