Picks and Pans Review: Robert Schimmel: Hard Core in the Big Apple

updated 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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The owlish-looking comic, a cross between Vic Tayback and Steven Wright, begins with a short routine making fun of movies, TV, commercials and cartoons. Schimmel insists that Popeye must have been smoking that spinach, because "Let's face it, you got to be pretty stoned to want to fight Bluto for Olive Oyl."

He then launches into a raft of blue material that would be appropriate for a bachelor party. There's nothing terribly surprising (or original) in this risqué approach, but Schimmel keeps the jokes skittering along like penguins on ice.

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