Ken Tucker
June 17, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In a crisp 30 minutes, Chris Rock: Big Ass Jokes proves just how much of comedian Chris Rock’s talent was wasted during his three-season stint on Saturday Night Live. In his own stand-up special, Rock comes across as a charming, intelligent fellow. He’s not afraid to be vulgar, but don’t be put off by the show’s title — Rock doesn’t lard his punch lines with unnecessary obscenity, either. Taped in Atlanta, Jokes offers Rock’s take on everything from school busing (he’s against it) to older women (in general, he prefers them to younger ones). His best routine, involving the inexpensive plain-wrap food his mother bought when he was a child, wouldn’t be out of place on a classic Bill Cosby record. A-

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