The Winds of Whoopie

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Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie
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Genre Comedy television special
Written by Steve Martin
Directed by Alan Metter
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 of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Alan Metter
Steve Martin (exec. prod.)
Ken Suddleston (exec. prod.)
Running time 1 hour
Original network NBC
Original release February 6, 1983 (1983-02-06)
Preceded by Steve Martin's Best Show Ever (1981)

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]