Steve Martin’s The Winds of Whoopie was a 1983 one-hour comedy TV special on NBC….which was produced and written by Steve Martin….as the title was a take-off of The Winds of War….which premiered as a TV miniseries on the same night on ABC. In a 30-second spot, Orson Welles says….“Why spend 18 hours watching someone else’s war, when you know how it comes out? We win, and then have to buy all their cars. Watch Steve Martin’s The Winds of Whoopie. See it all in one hour on Sunday.”
The show is a combination of old and new material compiled from past Martin specials and his appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show….which showcased many comedians of the day to include David Brenner, Bill Cosby, Gary Mule Deer, Ron Leibman, Meredith MacRae, Strother Martin, Ed McMahon, Gilda Radner, Bert Reynolds and Doc Severinsen…..and includes some really hillarious skits like Turtle Bronc Rider and Emperor Rudolph and Fluffy, the Wonder Dog ….as Martin shows off his comedic genius throughout this entire special.