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Let's Get Small


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  • Audio CD (May 20 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B0017CW5D0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Steve's 1977 debut album! This is the one with Excuse Me ("Excuuuuuse Me!").

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Martin's got the audience in the palm of his hand on this mid-'70s recording of a show at The Boarding House in San Francisco. The comedian and his crowd are on the same wavelength; everyone in the room seems to share a California post-hippie sense of absurdism. Occasionally punctuated by banjo playing, Martin's almost cocky performance somehow manages to ramble with a sense of purpose. He certainly doesn't have to worry about losing the crowd; every tossed-off remark and gesture is readily gobbled up. Some of Martin's material verges on the surreal, and not surprisingly, drug references abound. One subtext of the album is the tension between conventional show biz and the hipper brand of comedy that Martin saw himself as embodying. But the comic doesn't really play favorites: both alternative and mainstream culture are targets for his funny jabs. --Fred Cisterna --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thebookwoman on Oct. 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
I also originally had the 33 record of this funny Steve Martin comedy album, it was given to me when I was around 12 years old and a huge fan of Saturday Night Live where Steve Martin was a frequent guest star and host, I listened to the comedy album a lot and thought every bit was funny including the smoking bit which is track #4 on the CD. I don't have the record any more, it somehow disappeared over the years so when I found out it was available on CD I immediately ordered it and though it does bring back a lot of wonderful, delightful memories of listening to the comedy routines when I was a child I just didn't buy it for nostalgic memories, I bought it because I genuinely like the comedy of Steve Martin who is one of the only comedians who I want to own a comedy album of and I think his comedy bits on this CD are just as funny now as back then and I recommend this CD to anybody who likes Steve Martin or listening to comedy recordings and it's a shame that he no longer does stand up comedy!!
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Steve Martin engages in one of his best nightclub performances in the Bill McEuen-produced recording of his act at The Boarding House in San Francisco in '77.
Steve opens with the engaging Ramblin' Guy, goading the audience to join in the singing - a trait he repeats later in Grandmother's Song when he makes the audience repeat his hilariously demented lyrics such as, "Be obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant."
Steve's banjo figures prominently in the lengthy title skit. Getting Small is a drug parody that takes up very little of the roughly fifteen minutes of the skit. Steve fills out the time with a joke aimed at plumbers supposedly attending the show (the laughs come from Steve's use of arcane plumbing jargon), a bogus story about how he was born "a poor black child" (the basis for the movie The Jerk), and a long banjo riff that includes a fantastic bout of Foggy Mountain Breakdown amid a cheerful riff with deliberately inane negative lyrics.
Smoking is a skit that is funnier than it has any right to be; it uses flatulence in a roaringly funny satire of smoking in a restaurant.
Steve's tradmark catchphrase is brought forward in a sham fight with the nightclub's backstage crew after they ignore his request for a blue spotlight to create a mellow mood. It is great as he calmly gripes about how the crew is made of hippies who prefer to take drugs than do their job; the more he talks about it, the angrier he gets, until he is roaring - some in the audience start egging him on, adding enormously to the comedic effect.
Funny Comedy Gags is just that - recommended jokes to play on friends, the laughs coming from the sheer rudeness of the jokes.
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In interviews in the early eighties, Steve Martin claimed that he hated performing standup: he said it frightened him. But he sure showed audiences a good time. He once led an audience - several hundred of them - outside to a local fast food joint and tried to order fries for everybody; another story he tells had him leading an audience out for a walk into the nearby neighborhood where they found an empty swimming pool. He had them all get in and he swam across the top of them - years before that became a commonplace of rock concerts.
Here he is with his banjo (he is a wonderful, mostly self-taught banjo player), trying and failing to sing sad songs with banjo accompaniment. ("You just can't sing a sad song with a banjo.... 'Oh death...and grief....and sorrow...and murder....'") He talks mockingly of seventies pot culture, improvises, dreams, and rambles with an ease and mastery that surpasses all of his subsequent albums. Highly recommended!
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I first heard this recording in 1977. This recording has had such a profound effect on me, I can't tell you. I saw him in 1979 at the Garden State Arts Center ( now the pnc bank arts center) I was 10 years old. The question is what happened to my idol. As soon as he made Parenthood I knew something was wrong. He was a complete orignal. He was a artist. He is now a rich actor. I was such of a fan of his 1970's work I still have his orignal paper copy fan club news letters. As a well as the fish in his suit and wild and crazy guy posters. I never joined though or got the tee shirts. I was lucky to get the posters. Im going to be 35 but I wish it was 1979 forever and ever and ever.
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The album Let's Get Small by Steve Martin saved my social life in Grade Nine. Learning his routine verbatim helped me break out of my shell and be a lot more popular with the girls. It is still funny today. Contains the drug user spoof bit called Let's Get Small, about a pill that makes you tiny. A running gag is that Steve is always "about to start the show" until the show is actually over. Also funny are the classic lines "Steve how can you be so f***ing funny?" and "cat juggling". Get it, you'll laugh!
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Anyone who can use "Obsequious, Purple and Clairvoyant" in a sentence, and make you laugh at the same time, is a comical genius! This album makes you wish that you had a 'wayback machine' set to 1977. You would gladly pay your four dollar admission to the Boarding House, and spend the next hour or so laughing with/at Mr. Steve Martin.
Since much of the humor is in the delivery, you'll have to listen for yourself to appreciate this masterpiece of comedy! You won't be dissappointed!
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