Have you heard about the time that Steve Martin posed for an adult magazine? Not a sentence you thought you’d read today, I’m sure. Well, it’s true!
In 1980, the Vol. 27 of Playboy Magazine January cover featured stand-up comedian Steve Martin kicking off the New Year. And what a cover! The title for that month? “Wild and Crazy.” Which is about how the cover feels, although little is actually happening in the cover photo.
Instead, we have two model-esque girls with relatively “new years” leaning bikini outfits, and “Happy New Year” tiaras. They’re celebrating, flirty, and each clutching the newest receiver or the playboy interview, Steve Martin. Martin, in perfect synchronicity with his comedic nature, holds out a glass of champagne to the reader, with a goopy, toothless grin on his face. Donned in only a white bowtie, tuxedo jacket, and a literal diaper like he is the new year’s cherubim himself.
Steve Martin on Playboy
The rest of the cover advertises NFL Cheerleaders, and the Playmate of the month, Geraldine “gig angle” inside the issue’s three hundred off pages.
If you are like one of the few guys I saw searching for this and leaving comments on Amazon like, “Got this for my friend’s birthday. Sure he’ll appreciate it and get the joke..” or just really have a thing for Steve Martin and have to have it, then you’re in luck. The Playboy Magazine January 1980 issue seems to be in abundant supply in back issues and can be found online from many retailers including eBay, Amazon, and Goodreads. But, now the question remains, can we unsee the Steve Martin in that diaper?