June 28, 1999 12:00 PM

Comedy Central (Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m. ET)

They call it The Man Show, but it’s really a case of boys will be boys. Jimmy Kimmel (Win Ben Stein’s Money) and Adam Carolla (Loveline) are cohosts of a weekly half hour that Kimmel describes as “a joyous celebration of chauvinism.” Think Animal House 1999 or Howard Stern Lite.

The June 16 premiere offered flatulent chimpanzees, jokes about solo sex, a dirty ditty sung by “the fastest beer drinker in the world” (series regular Bill “the Fox” Foster) and a segment titled “Cindy Crawford’s Bathroom Talk,” in which the supermodel plumbed the depths of the double entendre. By the time the second episode got to “Household Hints from Adult Film Stars” (bed-making expertise from Serenity of Wicked Sex Party), I had just about decided not to pledge this fraternity. Fortunately I stuck around for a funny bit (directed by David Letterman’s former director Hal Gurnee) that had Kimmel roaming the streets asking women to have sex with him. Impressed by how well Kimmel handles rejection, I forged ahead and screened an upcoming episode that compensates for two stupid segments on the joys of drunkenness with a laugh-filled, if tasteless, fantasy sequence in which Carolla enjoys a highly oedipal evening with his mother. These boys have potential, but their Man Show has a lot of growing up to do.

Bottom Line: Mostly low-class gags for guys

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