Ken Tucker
August 16, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
Rodney Dangerfield

We gave it a C+

The Really Big Show starts off with a few minutes of classic Dangerfield on a nightclub stage: ”I was in a bar, they told me to get lost — they wanted to start the happy hour.” But then he leaves the stage and the hour becomes a showcase for five young comedians, most of whom aren’t a fifth as funny. The best is David Tyree, who talks about being black in ways that are both amiably corny (”People call me Folgers because I’m dark and rich”) and ruefully true (”The life expectancy of a black man in America is 63 years old — why the hell am I paying Social Security?”). Next time, though, a full hour of Rodney, please. C+

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