Taped in the early '80s — taste-free and definitely not family values-approved — this is what the Friars do when they like you, so one shudders at the alternative. What's fascinating is that the "honorees" are rarely relevant to the monologue, because their odd sexual habits, lack of talent and abysmal taste in suits ("Don't you throw anything out?") are apparently universal. The roasters are who stand out here: Milton Berle and Henny Youngman deliver what you'd hope, but the surprises are lesser-known comics like Dick Shawn and country comic Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney from Green Acres, who Berle introduces as having "a black belt in cow s**t"). And then there's Pat McCormick, Johnny Carson's great writer, who Berle declares "the pixie prick of pornography." McCormick goes on to set standards of indecency the FCC would fine whether broadcast or not. You'll probably want to leave this off your Mother's Day gift list.
By Neal Pollack on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This classic album from the dawn of the Reagan Era marked the start of Carlin's second great career phase. His transition from young hip comic to curmudgeonly hip comic should be a model for all who follow.
By Ben Schwartz on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Jerry Lewis has two kinds of fans: those who prefer the gawky shpritzer kid who charmed America with Dean Martin, and those who prefer the telethon pontificator, raising millions for the M.D.A. and railing against his en...
By Neil Hamburger on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Here's a bombardment of non-stop laughs, served up almost encyclopedia-style by a true star in the now-deceased comedian galaxy. Unlike today's meandering observational stand-ups, who are content with a few knowi...
By Mike McGonigal on 03.06.06 in Reviews
First, you hear an old school dial tone. Then a grizzly voice answers in a thick, clipped Jersey accent. It's the voice of Red, owner and proprietor of the down and dirty Jersey City dive Tube Bar. These calls were p...