Picks and Pans Review: Kevin Pollak: Stop with the Kicking

updated 12/23/1991 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/23/1991 01:00AM

HBO (Sat., Dec. 21, 10:15 P.M. ET)

B

Actor Kevin (Avalon) Pollak is a pretty funny guy. Much funnier than his material in this comedy special.

His gags don't have much snap, but he delivers them with irresistible energy, jumping in and out of characters like an animated cartoon on fast forward'. His masterstroke, one he makes ample use of, is a devastating imitation of Columbo.

Director David Steinberg intersperses Pollak's stand-up shtick with snippets of a backstage documentary spoof that takes off on Truth or Dare and Martin Scorsese's King of Comedy to paint Pollak as a performer with an ego run amok.

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