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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Beth Cahill, Dana Carvey
  • Directors: Dave Wilson
  • Writers: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Michael O'Donoghue
  • Producers: Julie Collins, Ken Aymong, Lorne Michaels, Michael Bosze
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bonus sketches
  • Dress rehearsals
  • Photo  gallery

Editorial Reviews

Although he was never a cast member on SNL, Steve Martin currently holds the record for number of times hosting the show. From his early days as a stand-up to becoming a household name, Steve Martin has played many memorable and hilarious characters such as "wild and crazy guy", Jorge Festrunk, Theodoric Of York, Tightwad 007, and paid homage to King Tut through song. He also played himself in sketches. Whether peddling a special kind of beauty cream, attempting to renegotiate his contract in the middle of a live show, or doing his infamous banjo-playing monologue with an arrow through his head, Steve Martin is undoubtedly one of the most successful hosts in SNL history.

Customer Reviews

This DVD is advertised as close-captioned, but it is not.
Nancy B. B.
And it makes me want to find Steve Martin, just so I can walk up and say to him, "Steve, how did you ever get to be SO funny?"
I have a small collection of the Best of SNL DVD's and this is one of my favorites.
J. S. Pielert

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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on November 17, 2002
Format: DVD
He juggles, he plays the banjo, he writes his own material, and just by using the right combination of body language and facial expressions he can merely walk onto a stage and the audience will explode into gales of laughter. His name is Steve Martin, and the way he blends his unique observations of the human condition with physical comedy, he just may be the funniest man on the planet. Unfortunately, since his segue into a successful acting career in motion pictures, he doesn't do stand-up anymore, so thanks be to the comedy gods who provided us with this compilation, "The Best of Saturday Night Live, Hosted by Steve Martin," which features the best of the best and the funniest of the funniest moments that ever visited your living room via the magic portal of the television set.
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?
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By donmusic on November 4, 2003
Format: DVD
That's it? Way to really take advantage of new technology. Seventy-six measley minutes. Granted, it's 76 of the finest minues of television comedy from one of the true geniuses of the field in the perfect setting to explore his abilities. However, there is so much more to be had that this release can only be seen as shameful. Those of us who love Saturday Night Live are tired of being served these pathetic piecemeals. This is DVD, folks. You can fit more than 76 minutes on a videocassette. And when dealing with matter as rich as Steve Martin's work on Saturday Night Live, 76 minutes is a drop in the bucket.
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.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By C. Manson on April 30, 2000
Format: DVD
While Steve Martin is certainly one of the best hosts of the "classic" years of SNL, the decision to not include the "Dancing in the Dark" sketch with Gilda Radner is an unforgiveable oversight. They could have easily dropped one of the newer, less funny bits (although they're not as bad as I'd feared) in favor of this gem. And why is it that of all the Festrunk Brothers sketches, the same one appears on every anthology I've seen? Still, lots of laughs here, but the DVD notes that there are "special appearances by Father Guido Sarducci, Mr. Bill and the Blues Brothers" which in fact are not on the DVD. At least the two bonus sketches are from the "classic" period (1975-1979). One disturbing aspect about the DVD continues to bug me--the lack of cast and writer credits, a real insult to the talents who created these (mostly) funny television moments. Trimark/SNL Studios: Release the 1975 episode hosted by Richard Pryor and all will be forgiven.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Nasti on May 3, 2005
Format: DVD
Before I start my review, I would like to say this is a near perfect compilation of this man's work as emcee of "Saturday Night Live". In its 30 year history, "SNL" has never come across a host more funnier, more entertaining or more talented host than Steve Martin. Is it any wonder that he hosted 13 times between 1976 and 1994?

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.
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What's the difference?
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
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