A dozen openly raunchy standup comedians do abridged versions of their acts in this extremely minimalist performance film. First released on a limited basis theatrically in 1988, the film first reached a wide audience in 1998, when it was released on home video. The chief selling point:
early views of comedians who were later to develop cult status or achieve fame (albeit in a much more sterilized form) on television.
The comedians, in order of appearance, are: Monty Hoffman, who does jokes about his weight and former drug use; 21-year-old Chris Rock, who does the requisite sex jokes, but takes a more surreal tack (as in a bit where he uses Aunt Jemima as mastur...