Let's Get Small
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Steve's 1977 debut album! This is the one with Excuse Me ("Excuuuuuse Me!").
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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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.Read more ›
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!
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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The sad thing about so-called "classics" of comedy, such as Monty Python or Robin Williams or this pathetic one-dimensional clown called Steve Martin is that people tend to love... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2003 by Andrius Uzkalnis
This Steve Martin comedy album is hilarious makes your sides hurt from laughing so hard! My sister had given me her old vinyl record and I listened to it so much I wore it out so I... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002
I love this album. Of the three Martin albums that are out, this is the best, but they are all excellent. Good stuff.Published on July 6 2001 by Jeff A
My teenagers have watched and enjoyed Steve Martin in movies like "My Blue Heaven" and "Housesitter". They had no idea that he had ever done stand-up. Read morePublished on June 15 2001
This CD is a hilarious recording of Steve Martin doing a standup in San Francisco. He is one of the funniest men alive.Published on April 5 2000
The best of Steve Martin's comedy records. Features plenty of his fantastic banjo playing and many of his classic jokes and songs, such as Ramblin' Guy, Let's Get Small and his... Read morePublished on March 23 2000 by Joel Adamson
Heard this first on 8-Track in 77, and it has permeated my sense of humor ever since. One terrific piece of work from a great artist.Published on Feb. 10 2000 by David Lamb