Picks and Pans Review: The Original Kings of Comedy

updated 08/28/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac

D.L. Hughley, a stand-up comic and the creator-star of TV's The Hughleys, is explaining why bungee jumping has not caught on with most African-Americans. "That's too much like lynching for us," he says, shaking his head and adding, "You're going to tie a rope around me and push me off a bridge?"

Hughley's bungee riff is among the better routines in Comedy, a documentary by director Spike Lee that captures a show in Charlotte, N.C., by Hughley, Harvey, Cedric and Mac, comics who have been performing nationwide to enthusiastic, primarily black audiences for the past three years. All four stick to observational humor, much of it revolving around racial differences. A lot of this is funny, but it never gets as wrenchingly deep or dark as Richard Pryor's routines in his classic concert films. (R)

Bottom Line: Laughter reigns

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