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Picks and Pans Review: Rick Reynolds: Only the Truth Is Funny

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Showtime (Saturday, April 10, 10:30 p.m. ET)


This is a taped performance of Reynolds’s fascinating one-man show, which is a very painful autobiography reworked into a stand-up routine. Reynolds, a forlorn-looking man with hair plugs, talks about an abusive stepfather, an alcoholic, manic-depressive mom, his own depression, fears of failure, fears of fatherhood and his endless attempts to deal with the meaning of life and death. A lot of what Reynolds says is sharp and clever but hardly hilarious or insightful. What makes him worth watching is the intensity he puts into trying to find redemption through comedy. He paces the stage, grappling with the demons of dysfunction, but in the end you feel he hasn’t found peace even if he says he has.