Karen Valby
April 16, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

I Dream of Microwaves

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In Season
Imad Rahman

We gave it a B+

Rahman is fabulously clever, and these eight absurd, linked stories suggest that he’d make a most amusing drinking buddy. So would his hero, the curiously named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a failed Pakistani actor and bad-guy star of America’s Most Wanted reenactments. Kareem’s first weakness is bourbon; his second, would-be ingenues. His ex-wife, Eileen, ”looked like coffee, pull-ups, and celery. She looked like an actress.” At times, Kareem’s drunken exploits — his impersonation of a Bosnian refugee, his segue into porn — are too silly for their own good. But Rahman has pop culture-speak deliciously down pat. When a coked-up, burned-out B actor brags about his latest project (”Think Dirty Dancing meets The Wizard of Oz for a drink, and they have a threesome with The Matrix”), you’ll want to slap Rahman on the shoulder and order another round.

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