Picks and Pans Review: The Dave Thomas Comedy Show
CBS (Mondays, 10:30 P.M. ET)
How spooky! Last week in this space, I lamented the disappearance of SCTV alumnus Thomas. Shazam! He gets his own limited-run network comedy program. I'm going to have to be very careful with this newfound resuscitative power. I can't just cavalierly drop a name like George Peppard into the column lest, God forbid, he be handed a new show too.
The Thomas formula includes a short monologue, skits, spoofs and beefy guest stars like John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. Typically each half-hour starts off with a clever routine, such as Thomas playing Max Von Sydow as the world's gloomiest barber or taking off Edward (The Equalizer) Woodward, threatening thugs, "Stop or I'll use my voice." After one good gambit, the laughter stops abruptly and the ideas turn flat and often puerile. Uninspired as it is, this comedy revue is vastly better than the sitcom that inhabited this slot for CBS much of the season, the execrable His & Hers.
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