Steve Martin has been making people laugh so hard for so long that some — especially younger audiences — might not fully appreciate just how pure and fresh his early comic work was. Before the Oscars, before Father of the Bride, before Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, even before The Jerk, Martin was a total force of nature whose main platform was television, beginning with writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In his wild and crazy prime, an appearance by Martin on Johnny Carson or other primetime showcase was insane, yet so carefully crafted. When he hosted Saturday Night Live or had a stand-up special, there was such an element of unpredictability that you simply had to watch.
Shout! Factory has packaged together some of those classic TV moments in a new DVD out today. Steve Martin: The Television Stuff is three discs packed with hard-to-find bits and TV specials, including Homage to Steve, which features his entire 1979 live performance at the Universal Ampitheatre. Also included in the set is an new interview with Martin.
For those who need a quick taste of some vintage Martin, Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip of one of HBO’s On Location stand-up specials from 1976. Enjoy. READ FULL STORY »