Picks and Pans Review: Elayne Boosler: the Call

updated 02/20/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/20/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Cinemax (Fri., Feb. 17, 9:30 P.M. ET)

B-

If Judy Tenuta is antimatter, Elayne Boosler is matter; she is as endearing as Tenuta is annoying. Here, sweet Elayne gives us a sketch about dating. She has committed the sin of calling "the Guy" once too often, so now she has to wait for him to call her. As she watches her silent phone on a night in hell, she finds herself falling further and further on the demographic ladder until she becomes a cockroach. The show has loads of neat moments—a blues saxophonist accompanying Boosler wherever she goes, a waiter explaining how the veal is prepared (from birth through slaughter) and comic Merrill Markoe finally admitting that women just don't know how to work VCRs. Boosler has 15 minutes of good material, but she has a half hour to fill, so the sketch is stretched.

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