Picks and Pans Review: Chris Rock—big Ass Jokes

updated 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HBO (Thurs., June 16, 11 p.m. ET)

C-

I've always wondered whether Chris Rock simply wasn't funny or if the writers on Saturday Night Live and later In Living Color just couldn't figure out how to utilize his talents. Now we know. Sorry, writers.

The cable channel kicks off a summer series of half-hour stand-up performances inauspiciously with this sorry excuse for comedy. Rock makes a lot of contorted faces and voices as he runs through a lot of terribly obvious, often offensive jokes. A better title for this special would have been Chris Rock—Dumb Ass Jokes.

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