Back in 1978, when Steve Martin released his sophomore album, Wild and Crazy Guy, he made this video for the sales team at WB Records. 34 years later, it’s available for the unwashed masses to watch for the first time.

Oh, Steve.

Here’s a question for my comedy friends. If you had to pick five ten influences that gave you the sense of humor you have today, what would they be? Not necessarily who you most enjoy or respect now, but who taught you how to be funny in your formative years.

I think mine, in no particular order, would be:

  1. Steve Martin
  2. Mad Magazine
  3. Bill Cosby
  4. The Muppets (including Sesame Street)
  5. Monty Python
  6. SNL
  7. Tom Lehrer
  8. Peter Sellers
  9. Looney Tunes
  10. My dad
  1. I Love Lucy
  2. Kids in the Hall
  3. Douglas Adams
  4. All the stand up from the late 80s and early 90s. Heavy points to Ellen DeGeneres, Marc Maron, Kevin Meaney, Dana Gould and Dana Carvey
  5. Robin Williams
  6. Jim Carrey
  7.  Classic Looney Toons
  8.  SNL (‘80-‘92 because those were the seasons that were rerun on Comedy Central)
  9. Eddie Izzard
  10. John Candy


  1. Strangers With Candy
  2. Kids In The Hall
  3. Ellen DeGeneres’ “My Point…and I Do Have One.”
  4. SNL
  5. Conan
  6. Letterman
  7. The UCB show
  8. MST3K
  9. The Simpsons

MY LIST (though I am not a professional comedian, I do this shit for free)

1. George Carlin

2. Bill Hicks

3. SNL


5. Kids in the Hall

6. Dennis Miller before he turned into a right-wing pundit

7. Monty Python

8. Everyone responsible for This is Spinal Tap

9. Everyone responsible for Airplane! and The Naked Gun

10. Steve Martin, particularly The Man With Two Brains (“You’re the Elevator Killer! Merv Griffin!”)

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    steve martin doing a promo for “a wild and crazy guy” in the 70s - supposedly, this was largely unseen until recently....
  3. connorratliff reblogged this from cathrynmudon and added:
    This is fun, but I didn’t have time to think about this the other day. I’m going to limit my list to things that...
  4. corypalmer reblogged this from hallekiefer and added:
    Space Ghost Coast To Coast. My list may as well end right there.
  5. annarubanova reblogged this from garlock and added:
    I would think comedy had changed a bit since 1978, evolved. Nope. I was wrong.
  6. dontcookbilly reblogged this from hallekiefer and added:
    hmm. The Marx Brothers Mad Magazine Animaniacs The Muppets Looney Tunes SNL The Simpsons Get Smart and Mel Brooks Monty...
  7. peachfuzz reblogged this from hallekiefer and added:
    Steve Martin promo video for Wild and Crazy Guy from 1978. (via hallekiefer, comedycentral)
  8. collectiveeffervescence reblogged this from hallekiefer and added:
    Oh man this is a good question. Eddie Izzard’s Dress to Kill My dad. Dave Barry The State Paula Poundstone’s standup...
  9. eelnoved reblogged this from flavorpill and added:
    this is actually amazing
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    Just. No. Shut up.
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    OooooKaaaay Late Night with Conan Obrien SNL In Living Color George Carlin Bill Cosby Mad TV My cousin Brian The first...
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    1. Freakazoid 2. Calvin and Hobbes 3. Animaniacs 4. Douglas Adams 5. Monty Python 6. Bloom County 7. Bill Murray 8. Dan...
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    1. SNL 2. Will Farrell 3. Kat Williams 4. Lonely Island 5. Steve Martin 6. Amy Poehler 7. Kristin Wiig 8. Tina Fey 9....
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    MY LIST (though I am not a professional comedian, I do this shit for free) 1. George Carlin 2. Bill Hicks 3. SNL 4. SCTV...
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    In no particular order: 1- Gilda Radner 2- The Cosby Show 3- Sinbad (yup- specifically “Brain Damaged”, and “Son of a...
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