Picks and Pans Review: Lonesome Doves and Lonely Guys

updated 08/14/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/14/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Wed., Aug. 9, 8 P.M., ET)


If performers were pieces of furniture, then the Smothers Brothers would be a pair of Barcaloungers. Their laid-back comedy routines and familiar presence are always soothing after a hard day's work. This, their fifth special of the year, has a Western theme, starting off with a very funny wine-tasting duel between two effete cowboys.

Guests include Pat Paulsen, Bill (José Jiménez) Dana and Tony Orlando and Yawn, er, Dawn. Some kind of chutzpah award has to go to performance artist Geoffrey Lewis, who does a very serious Hunchback of Notre Dame soliloquy (hey, this isn't PBS!). A Purple Heart may lie in the future for juggler Edward Jackman, who juggles an apple, bowling ball and machete at the same time. Even if the Brothers' material hits and misses, it's always nice to have 'em in the house. So sit back. Put your feet up. Relax.

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