The Winds of Whoopie

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopee (a.k.a. simply The Winds of Whoopee) is a 1983 American comedy television special on NBC, produced and written by Steve Martin. 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 Whoopee. See it all in one hour on Sunday."[1]

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopee
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GenreComedy television special
Written bySteve Martin
Directed byAlan Metter
StarringSteve Martin
David Brenner
Bill Cosby
Antonio Fargas
Ron Leibman
Meredith MacRae
Strother Martin
Ed McMahon
Gary Mule Deer
Gilda Radner
Burt Reynolds
Doc Severinsen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersAlan Metter
Steve Martin (exec. prod.)
Ken Suddleston (exec. prod.)
Running time60 minutes
Original networkNBC
Original releaseFebruary 6, 1983 (1983-02-06)
Preceded bySteve Martin's Best Show Ever (1981)

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.[2]