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Our hosts are Corky (Amy Schumer, in her Broadway debut) and Norm (Jeremy Shamos), devotees of a tedious brand of couples therapy that has trained them to stop mid-snark to look into one another’s eyes and affirm their feelings. As they prime themselves with a “pre-wine” (in the calm before Jeopardy! goes off and the final throw pillow is fluffed) the couple seem like the most unbearable one could meet — until their guests, Gerald (Keegan-Michael Key, who like Schumer is a Broadway newcomer) and Laura (Laura Benanti, like Shamos, a stage veteran) arrive to claim that crown.

Steve Martin plays Arthur Parker in Pennies From Heaven, a role that had been performed by Bob Hoskins in the original BBC TV adaptation of Dennis Potter's Great Depression musical. In 1981 Potter was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Martin, who plays a sheet music salesman, said: "The people who get the movie, in general, have been wise and intelligent; the people who don't get it are ignorant scum."
Although the film lacks some of the charm of the BBC version it is, at times, dazzling. "I loved doing Pennies from Heaven," said Martin. "You have to understand that I'd been doing comedy for 15 to 20 years, and suddenly along came the opportunity to do this beautiful film. It was so emotional to me. I loved it. I don't think it was a good career move, but I have no regrets about doing it." Martin was nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance.

Steve Martin's second NBC special was done entirely in sketches. Highlights include: Marty Robbins' "El Paso" with monkeys; "The Death of Socrates;" and "Bizarre Oddities of the World."

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