April 28, 1986 12:00 PM

Showtime (Fri., April 25, 9 p.m. ET)


Cable networks—notably Cinemax and Showtime—have made noble efforts to give young comics shows of their own and a chance to strut their stuff. Too often that stuff hasn’t been great—especially when the comics try to branch out and tell stories instead of jokes. Take Rich Hall’s show. If you want to. Hall, who’s usually funny, creates a flimsy tale—tracking down a missing prize from a comic-book club—as an excuse to look at the lost America of wax lips, 10-cent pay phones, free gas-station air and Soap Box Derbies. Old stuff made sweet and gooey. Bubble gum.

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