Steve Martin has pretty much the entire internet fighting for him against millennials who apparently can’t find the humor in one of his most famous “SNL” sketches… King Tut!
Here’s the deal…SM is trending because someone reposted and recirculated his famous goofy Egyptian-themed dance he performed on the late-night program, which he made regular appearances on. 70s. Yesterday marked the 44th anniversary of his debut.
As people were heaping in praise at first, it seems, one person (and maybe more) asked a simple question… where the heck is the funny in this thing???
As one 20 or 30 year old noted… “I’m sure my parents thought it was hilarious back in the 70s, but honestly, I don’t get it. He does a funny dance and voice, but he doesn’t there’s not really *a little* that my millennial (sic) brain can analyze.” Their tweet is now taking off… in the wrong direction.
Tons of people are coming to Steve’s defense against this person’s perception of his comedy chops — or lack thereof, in their eyes — rightly explaining that he was a trailblazer and started a whole wave of stand- legendary ups that emerged in the late ’70s and 80s through his wacky style… which was more showmanship than actual traditional punchlines.
The King Tut dance, they explain, is just one example…so context matters too. There was a huge museum exhibit of the young pharaoh dragged across the United States at the time… and it permeated the airwaves. So Steve’s satire here is not lost on those who remember it.
There also seems to be another convo happening on the periphery of this King Tut clip – namely, people who are reportedly angry about… cultural appropriation.
Frankly, we can’t find a single tweet expressing this position – Twitter’s algorithm stinks when it comes to finding the initial outrage quoted – but in any case, some say they see this argument floating around… and there, too, Steve’s fans are shutting it down.
Indeed, we are not going to apply the 2022 goal to Steve and his hardware some 40 years later. And, more importantly, no one in their right mind would try to “cancel” it now.
But, on the question of whether or not he’s actually funny – whether in his heyday or in the movies afterwards – well, it seems the answer depends on who you ask… generationally.
Is Steve Martin really funny???
It can certainly be debated…so we will do that here. On the matter of ha-ha…is Steve Martin actually funny, or is his sense of humor rather goofy…and a bit overrated??? Go for it, folks – curious to see how the world really feels about this. 👀