Ken Tucker
July 04, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

If, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Steve Martin must have really liked Michael Jackson. Here, from 1984, is Martin doing an impeccable parody of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video, from a short-lived tv series called The New Show:

The New Show lasted only one season, was produced by Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels, featured SCTV vets like Dave Thomas (who appears in the video above) and Catherine O’Hara, and, in an odd coincidence, featured guest spots from Jeff Goldblum, who was the object of a death rumor last week. But it’s Martin’s deft footwork (remember how good he was in his underrated 1981 version of Pennies From Heaven?) that makes this spoof a fond homage.

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