Dying is easy, say the sages, but comedy is hard. By that standard, this concert film featuring four middling African-American comics has very little reason for being. It may want to be RICHARD PRYOR LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP, but it's more like Battle of the
Network Sitcom Stars.
It doesn't help, of course, that not one of these guys is a bona fide riot, though to be fair the live audience (it was filmed at a hockey rink in North Carolina) seems to feel otherwise, and they did
make some $37 million in two years, doing arena shows for
largely African-American audiences. Host Steve Harvey is more unctuous than amusing, though he does a pretty good riff ...