Picks and Pans Review: Paul Reiser Out on a Whim

updated 11/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/14/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Like Miller, Reiser is a regular TV performer (My Two Dads) moonlighting as a stand-up comic in this 1987 HBO show. Unlike Miller, his humor is innocuous and lame. Reiser never gets much more relevant than an imitation of his dog begging for a potato chip. Half of the one-hour tape is a performance in Los Angeles, the other half a story about Reiser pursuing a mysterious woman; the story part is saved from total vapidity only by cameos from such entertaining people as Carol Kane (playing a loopy gypsy fortune-teller), Teri Garr (as a waitress) and Carrie Fisher (as a magician's assistant disgusted by her inept boss). Elliott Gould appears too as—what else?—someone who goes around mugging relentlessly. (Vestron, $59.98; 203-978-5568)

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