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For those who were around when these shows were first broadcast, this will be a trip down memory lane that you'll want to take again and again, because this is the kind of stuff you can watch over and over and it somehow just keeps getting funnier. For the younger crowd who only know the current incarnation of Saturday Night Live, this will be a real eye-opener, because the "comedy" we're subjected to today simply doesn't hold a candle to that proffered by the Not Quite Ready For Prime Time Players of the early, "golden" years of SNL, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Bill Murray, Garret Morris and Gilda Radner. And when Martin joined this bunch as host, well...it just didn't get any better than that.
Does this mean that everything the current crop of comics foists upon an unsuspecting audience is without merit and that everything the SNL gang did in `78 and `79 was a masterpiece of comedy to be enshrined in stone?Read more ›
One reviewer suggested that whoever is responsible for this DVD had access to limited resources. If that is true, then I suppose we should be happy with whatever we can get, and should be grateful that someone managed to put a DVD together at all. But the fact that we are in such a "beggars can't be choosers" situation is pathetic in itself.
Nevertheless, what the DVD does contain is gold, and the price does reflect the brevity. Steve Martin's comedy is worth every penny.
With all that out of the way, this dvd is a treasure trove of great sketches, much of which hasn't been seen in a long time. If you're an interested in seeing the vintage 1975-80 sketches, then this is great for you. Seven of the seventeen sketches on this dvd are from those years. It's a treat for many old fans to see the Festrunks and Theodoric Of York again after years of being tucked away in the NBC vault. "Rise" is a great add spoof, and "Jeopardy 1999" is an interesting look at our future in 1976. Martin also demonstrates his talents as a straight man, playing a hapless IRS agent to faux France natives The Coneheads. And what can I say about the King Tut Song? It's one of the all time greatest sketches the show ever did. The only serious omission from this era (or at least my copy of the dvd, since other reviewers say it's on here) is the "Dancing In The Dark" sketch with Gilda Radner. But I won't fault its absent.
This is not to say that the later sketches (1987 to 1994) are bad. In fact, they're just as funny. "Common Knowledge" is one of the show's all time greatest game show spoofs. Martin plays a smarmy game show host. I also think that the underrated Victoria Jackson is excellent in this sketch, using her dumb blonde persona she often used on the show to perfection. "To My Love" is a Valentine's day poem that starts off sweet but gets very funny. The cheapskate James Bond was at first boring but I've grown to really like it.Read more ›
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I enjoyed watching this DVD of The Best of Steve Martin so much I gave another copy of it as a gift. I received the DVD in a timely manner.Published 6 months ago by Bonnie J. Dostal
I was a little disappointed with this - at least I got a great copy of King Tut.Published 7 months ago by susie
Lots of laughs throughout!! I purchased it to have his King Tut performance for myself!! He is so multitalented-funny, dramatic and a banjo player-all in one:)Published 9 months ago by valwoo
Already had this was an ordering mistake but I kept it to give to a friendPublished 10 months ago by Greg Barr
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This one features extra sketches, dress rehearsals and a photo gallery. Besides, the entire opening is completely different and it also includes a sketch not seen on SNL, but on Steve Martin's comedy special from 1981. It's awesome! Totally worth the buy. (You can get it real cheap at Overstock... Read More
Mar 8, 2007 by Benjamin LeBaron | See all 4 posts