A Wild and Crazy Guy

A Wild and Crazy Guy (1978) is an album by American comedian Steve Martin. It reached number two on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart. The album was eventually certified double platinum.

A Wild and Crazy Guy
Live album by
VenueThe Boarding House,
San Francisco
Red Rocks Amphitheatre,
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerWilliam E. McEuen
Steve Martin chronology
Let's Get Small
A Wild and Crazy Guy
Comedy Is Not Pretty!
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

It contains the hit novelty single "King Tut", which Martin also performed on Saturday Night Live. It also has Martin revealing his 'real' name, which he admits is the sound of him flipping his lips.

The album was released just as his celebrity status grew and the format reflects this. The first half of the album was performed in front of a small audience at The Boarding House in San Francisco, California, where his previous album had been recorded. The second half of the album was performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The switchover between venues is handled in a clever segue in the opening minute of the track "A Wild and Crazy Guy" which opened Side Two of the original vinyl long-player – Steve reads a bogus financial disclosure report to the audience at The Boarding House nightclub, and when he gets to calculating concert revenues he reveals his desire to make over $2 million on a single show; the audience reaction quickly segues from the enclosed intimacy of The Boarding House to the far more raucous open amphitheatre of Red Rocks near Denver.

Martin reprises his role as Georg, one of the Czech Festrunk Brothers (a role he had popularized with Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live) on two tracks – the second half of "A Wild and Crazy Guy" and "You Naive Americans".

The album won the Grammy Award in 1979 for Best Comedy Album.

In 2015, the album was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "I'm Feelin' It"  – 5:32
  2. "Philosophy/Religion/College/Language"  – 10:18
  3. "Creativity in Action/I'm in the Mood for Love"  – 2:25
  4. "A Wild and Crazy Guy"  – 7:00
  5. "A Charitable Kind of Guy"  – 1:38
  6. "An Exposé"  – 2:54
  7. "Cat Handcuffs"  – 1:41
  8. "You Naïve Americans"  – 2:00
  9. "My Real Name"  – 3:06
  10. "King Tut"  – 2:56