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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This special was broadcast live. See more »

Connections

References Saturday Night Live (1975) 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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Steve IS at his best
9 December 2005 | by djjazzytymmSee all my reviews

This is a must see for ANY SNL fan that remembers the Golden Years of, Belushi, Aykroyd, and Radner. Produced by Lorne Michaels and broadcast live on NBC, it was like watching a reunion show with Martin as the guest host. We even get to see the return of a few of SNL's best loved characters from that era. The original SNL cast had since moved on at the time of this broadcast, and the SNL cast at that time was one of the worst in the history of the show. For those of us that were thirsting for the return to greatness of SNL, this offered us on last look at what the show once was and would never quite be again. Not every skit was a piece of art, but as a whole, this was a very funny special. This was not a ratings bonanza for NBC (although it did very well in the 18-25 demographic), so I'm betting that many fans of Martin & SNL have never seen it. This should REALLY be released on video or DVD if for no other reason, to allow those who have not seen it the chance to say goodbye to the SNL of the first 5 years.


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