Picks and Pans Review: Stuart Pankin
Cinemax (Sat., Aug. 15, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Stuart Pankin, the big guy and anchor on Not Necessarily the News, gets his own Comedy Experiment and casts himself in a half dozen roles—a director trying to produce a musical version of Richard III called Hump!, two guys who may invest in the show, a temperamental starlet and a struggling (but not starving) actor who plays King Richard. These Experiments are supposed to give promising comics a chance to stretch. Problem is, the comedians sometimes stretch too much and end up sagging. They come up with ideas that probably sound great when they call their friends and say, "Hey, I just got my own cable special!" But they don't come up with enough jokes to give their experiments what they really need: comedy.
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