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Steve Martin: The Television Stuff
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Steve Martin remains one of the most beloved and creatively prolific talents in American comedy, but until now his body of work on television has been largely unavailable on DVD. That all changes here. From the stand-up act that made him a comedy rock star (of which only two complete performances were ever recorded, both included in this set) to his four joyfully twisted NBC sketch comedy specials, his Oscar-nominated short film and a jewel box of additional comic bits, The Television Stuff finally delivers one of the most unique and treasured eras in Steve Martins celebrated career. Featuring special guest appearances by Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, Lauren Hutton, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Lynn Redgrave, Paul Simon, David Letterman, Carl Reiner, Eric Idle and Johnny Cash
The Stand-up Specials
* On Location With Steve Martin (Live At The Troubadour, 1976)
* Homage To Steve (Includes The Absent Minded Waiter and Steve Live At The Universal Amphitheatre, 1979)
The NBC Specials
* Steve Martin: A Wild And Crazy Guy (1978)
* Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)
* All Commercials . . . A Steve Martin Special (1980)
* Steve Martins Best Show Ever (1981)
Bits And Pieces
Spanning 1966 to 2005, a collection of television guest appearances, speeches and music videos.
Top Customer Reviews
I was around 21 when Steve Martin blew up big time as a stand up so he's my (Daniel Tosh, Dane Cook etc.) and holds a special place in my heart along with George Carlin. Steve actually ended up with the career that Carlin had wanted when he began in the late 50's early 60's which saw him move from being court jester to movie star but for my money Steve Martin has never touched in any of his movies the brilliance displayed on these 3 DVDs of lunacy...stupidity..and surprisingly intelligent comedy. Of course I also LOVE all the banjo playing. While I am so happy to have the '79 show I actually attended..the '76 show from the Troubadour was a total surprise (I didn't have HBO in '76 and didn't know anybody else who did) so this even earlier nugget filmed more in a club environment is the perfect opening show!
Its a great mix of classic stand up and sketch comedy which is very much of its time but goodness when you have a Pre-Pee Wee Herman Paul Reubens a post Starsky & Hutch Antonio Vargas, classic Louie Nye...legendary writer Pat Proft and others like Richard Deacon and Peter Graves in your casts...you have a time capsule that is full of funny.
the DVD quality is very good...best source material possible and Steve's bonus interview on each DVD is also current and appreciated as an extra...in particular there is an option to view the bonus disc with Steve giving a brief intro to each segment and it really adds a great deal to that set.Read more ›
Available on September 18th, this three-disc set focuses primarily on the early Martin years, with his two taped concert performances and handful of network TV specials comprising the set's first two platters. Martin's stand-up is particularly noteworthy, seeing as he abandoned it in lieu of his feature-film career. In both a 1976 HBO special and a 1978 appearance at the Universal Ampitheatre (included in the 1984 home video special "Homage to Steve," along with the funny short "The Absent-Minded Waiter"), Martin shows off both his adroit comedy writing and a side of his on-screen "persona" that viewers unfamiliar with his early material will find especially amusing. Unlike other stand-up acts which haven't weathered the years well (including the Richard Pryor concert films, which I've seen recently on cable, and are almost entirely dependant on drug/shock humor that's no longer shocking), Martin's material is sly and offbeat, relying on his "performance" as a hapless magician and comedian to milk laughs out of intentionally-poor material.Read more ›
I snatched this DVD set up as soon as I saw it because I am a long time Steve Martin fan. I am extremely glad I did. This is a wonderful set of never before available classic routines for Martin and all of them are treasures. For those who are not big Steve Martin fans, you still might want to get this because it is a good illustration of a unique comedy style that is now a part of comedic history.
The set does not include some of the already previously available spots like Saturday Night Live that Martin did. That's okay with me because being a Steve Martin fan, I've already got these. The only thing that should be a concern is whether or not Shout can meet the demand tht this set is sure to genterate. I noticed that currently it says the DVD set will ship within 1 to 3 weeks.
At the end of the day, this is a must have if you like Martin's style of comedy. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived quickly and packaged well. I'm so glad I bought this for my dad! Great purchase.Published 1 month ago by CollMac
It is only his old school stuff not funny in the 20th century. Wanted more of his snl stuffPublished 2 months ago by Alan M Shepard
STEVE MARTIN is "A Stand- Up Comedian!" First, and foremost. Saw him perform LIVE. His MOVIES don't translate as well. Robert Holland.Published 5 months ago by ROBERT HOLLAND
I bought it because there is an extremely brief clip of my Dad in one of the skits (not sure how they got that!). This is fine if you're a Steve Martin fan.Published 6 months ago by Andrew Gilmore
SADLY, most of the stuff on these dvds does NOT stand the test of time. BUT there is some fun to be had here. the all commericals one, and the steve's best show ever stand out. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mark W. Prevatte
I bought this so I could have the 1979 Universal Amphitheatre performance from Homage to Steve on DVD. I have it on VHS. IT'S INCOMPLETE ON THIS DVD. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Timothy Eimiller
Steve Martin is brilliant!! There is no end to this timeless entertainmentPublished 10 months ago by faye macleod