Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show (1991) 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… Comedy Rodney Dangerfield HBO
TV Review

Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show (1991)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Genre: Comedy; With: Rodney Dangerfield; Network: HBO

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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Originally posted Aug 02, 1991 Published in issue #77 Aug 02, 1991 Order article reprints