Picks and Pans Review: Billy Crystal: Don't Get Me Started

updated 08/11/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/11/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HBO (Sat., Aug. 9, 10 p.m. ET)

C-

As I watched Billy Crystal's "comedy" special, I thought, "Well, I do have one good thing to say about the show: There's not a 'mahvelous' joke to be heard." But Crystal couldn't resist; there is one "mahvelous" near the end—which takes a long time coming. Once again Crystal does his imitations of 'Nando Lamas, Sammy Davis Jr. and an old Borscht Belt comedian. They all get together to rehearse for an all-star show, which is filmed in a documentary, a la This Is Spinal Tap. With that setup, Crystal & Co. parody variety shows, which never were too funny, with material that's less funny: stale jokes, gimpy production numbers and senseless skits. Then he gives up that whole idea and gives you a snippet of his stand-up act—which is simpler and slightly better but still not worth waking up the neighbors to watch.

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