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The Winds of Whoopie

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie
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Genre Comedy television special
Directed by Alan Metter
Produced by Alan Metter
Steve Martin (exec. prod.)
Ken Suddleston (exec. prod.)
Written by Steve Martin
Starring Steve 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  United States
Language English
Original channel NBC
Release date February 6, 1983 (1983-02-06)
Running time 1 hour
Preceded by

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie, a.k.a. simply The Winds of Whoopie, was a 1983 one-hour comedy TV 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 Whoopie. See it all in one hour on Sunday."[1]

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]


  1. ^ The Winds of WarArticle at, re.
  2. ^ at TV.NYTimes.comSteve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie
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