The seven-minute-long film, also featuring Buck Henry and Teri Garr, was written by and starred Martin.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Short Film, Live Action.
It mixes philosophical riffs with sudden spurts of "happy feet", banjo playing with balloon depictions of concepts like venereal disease, and the "controversial" kitten juggling (he is a master juggler; the "kittens" were stuffed animals).
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While on the show Martin became close with several of the cast members, including Gilda Radner. The song came out during the King Tut craze that accompanied the popular traveling exhibit of the Egyptian king's tomb artifacts.
Radner died of ovarian cancer on Saturday, May 20, 1989; a visibly shaken Martin hosted SNL that night and featured footage of himself and Radner together in a 1978 sketch. "Just a wild and crazy guy" became another of Martin's known catch phrases. Both albums won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording in 19, respectively. Club described Martin's unique style and its impact on audiences: [Martin was] both a consummate entertainer and a glib, knowing parody of a consummate entertainer.
Sherk's influence caused Martin to apply to the California State University, Long Beach, for enrollment with a major in Philosophy. In philosophy, I started studying logic, and they were talking about cause and effect, and you start to realize, 'Hey, there is no cause and effect! Martin recalls reading a treatise on comedy that led him to think "What if there were no punch lines? While attending college, he appeared in an episode of The Dating Game.
Inspired by his philosophy classes, Martin considered becoming a professor instead of an actor-comedian. "It changed what I believe and what I think about everything. Martin began working local clubs at night, to mixed notices, and at twenty-one, he dropped out of college.This is what I enjoy, so I'm going to do the same thing over and over and over [...] I'm going to do the same joke over and over in the same show, it'll be like a new thing." Or: "Hello, I'm Steve Martin, and I'll be out here in a minute." In one comedy routine, used on the Comedy Is Not Pretty!album Martin claimed that his real name was "Gern Blanston". There is a Gern Blanston website, and for a time a rock band took the moniker as their name.He appeared at San Francisco's The Boarding House, among other venues.He continued to write, earning an Emmy nomination for his work on Van Dyke and Company in 1976.During World War II, in the United Kingdom, Martin's father had appeared in a production of Our Town with Raymond Massey.