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Steve Allen Tries it Again in 1980 with Steve Martin's Brother Billy

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When we last saw Steve Allen on From the Archives, it was 1964 and he was broadcasting the an audience-less version of his [...]

Here's Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' Monologue, Featuring Cameos from Everybody

Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time this weekend, making him a member of the show's exclusive Five-Timers Club and warranting a big cameo-laden sketch. Some of the show's most frequent and beloved hosts like Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase, and Candice Bergen dropped by, as well as lowly Five-Timers Club staff Dan Aykroyd and Martin Short, making this one of the most impressive reunions of important SNL veterans ever.

Hit the jump for the original sketch that inspired this one, from Tom Hanks's monologue from his fifth time hosting in 1990:

Heeeeeeeeere's Steve Martin! Watching Steve Guest Host the 'Tonight Show'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Last week in "From the Archives" we looked at an unaired Chris Elliott pilot to celebrate the release of Get a Life [...]

'Steve Martin: The Television Stuff'

Well, this looks awesome: Steve Martin: The Television Stuff is a new DVD set being released on September 18th that gathers up a whole boatload of rare early TV appearances by the snow fox himself. It's three discs worth of material (over six hours!), and at $30 it seems like a pretty great deal. Even if you mostly watch streaming stuff at this point, this may be worth getting back into DVDs for. Here's the full rundown of what you'll find inside:

Steve Martin Wrote Young Judd Apatow a Very Funny, Very Personal Letter

Judd Apatow was once a young, comedy-obsessed boy. As a teenager, he would interview famous comedians for his high school's radio station. But before that he wrote Steve Martin a letter and Steve Martin wrote back with a very personal response. This isn't just some form letter; Martin references Judd twice by name. Surprisingly, he also acknowledges in writing that he once took a young boy to Brazil, just for the afternoon, just to look at "girls!" Read the full letter below and try to imagine the amount of geeking out that resulted from it.

Watch Steve Martin on 'Letterman' Last Night

"Some comedians just say funny things and some comedians say things funny, but you say things." – Steve Martin to David Letterman.

When a Young, Obnoxious Judd Apatow First Met Steve Martin

Vanity Fair just posted a behind-the-scenes video of a photo shoot featuring Judd Apatow and Steve Martin in which the two recount the story of their first meeting, many years ago. Judd was a young comedy nerd obsessed with Martin, and he actually went to the star's house to ask for an autograph. Steve refused, and Judd sent him a pretty obnoxious-sounding letter, to which Martin replied with his latest book featuring a pretty perfect quip on the inside cover that's only become more perfect with time.

Watch Steve Martin on Letterman Last Night and His First Letterman Appearance 32 Years Ago

Steve Martin dropped by Letterman for the millionth time last night to plug his awesome new DVD collection of his old TV specials, and more importantly, to bust David Letterman’s balls over receiving the Kennedy Center Honors way later than he did. Martin’s been appearing on Letterman’s shows for over 30 years now. Here’s his first-ever TV appearance with Letterman on his short-lived NBC morning show in 1980, when Martin and Letterman were 35 and 33 years young, respectively. It’s an amazingly funny clip and just goes to show that talk shows are way better when the guest refuses to get out of bed or stop drinking beer [...]

Let's All Move to Steve Martin Park

This parks has everything: underaged drinking, giant Ziploc bags of pot, slightly broken handguns, rock n' roll concerts, and freaking Steve Martin in a nice khaki suit. It doesn't have blue dots, however. For that you'll have to head to that piece of crap Dave Letterman Park.

Steve Martin Can Really Sell You on Selling His Comedy

Back in the day of records and record stores and people buying albums, artists would make little promotional tapes to send to retailers to drum up support. Not surprisingly, Steve Martin was better at this than anyone else was at anything else. Shot in 1978, this shows Martin at the height of his powers. He is so locked into that persona that he can make this stupid little video completely hilarious. Seriously, him mouthing the words to his "pussy" joke is the funniest thing I have ever seen and hyperbolized.

'SNL' Review: Justin Timberlake Runs a Victory Lap

I don't think anyone is as big a fan of SNL as SNL itself. At every opportunity, Lorne Michaels reminds us of his show's elite status and cultural impact, whether in a tongue-in-cheek backstage bit with Paul Simon and a scotch, or in a more sincere soundbite from one of those now-dime-a-dozen behind-the-scenes specials NBC rolls out on Sunday nights. I can't really blame Lorne for perpetuating this "SNL dynasty" mystique; admittedly I find the show's history fascinating, and I believe the man has earned enough ego to occasionally place his show on a pedestal, especially by coyly likening it to a vain gentleman's club. SNL can get away with its [...]

The Lost Roles of Steve Martin

One of the most revered comedians of his generation, both as an actor and writer, Steve Martin is 45 years deep into an eclectic career that's seen him starring in goofy big-budget comedies, critically-acclaimed dramas, and everything in between. Not to mention his work as an author, musician, stand-up, playwright, and Twitterer. Every actor has their fair share of parts they were almost cast in and movies that were never made, given how hard it is to get a project past Hollywood's development gauntlet and into production. Here's a collection of movie roles Steve Martin almost played but didn't. It's a wide range of movies that would have [...]

(Sarcastically) Exciting News: Hollywood to Remake a Body Swap Movie

1984's All of Me was a very a good body-switching movie or, well, body-semi-switching movie. Lily Tomlin's character plans on a full swap but somehow ends up sharing Steve Martin's body with Steve. 'Twas a Steve Martin tour de funny. And now, almost 20 years later, DreamWorks is working on a remake. (This was after a previous attempt at a remake that would've starred Queen Latifah.) Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who previously wrote The Vow and Never Been Kissed, have written the script. The plan is for the remake to be about a man whose soul ends up sharing a woman's body. This is why we can't [...]

Watching Steve Martin and Martin Short Reunite (Again) on 'The Martin Short Show'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

In the 1990s, television comedy was a much different landscape than it is today. Just as it is now, there were good shows and [...]