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Uptown Comedy Express [VHS] (1987)

Arsenio Hall , Chris Rock , Russ Petranto  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Arsenio Hall, Chris Rock, Barry Sobel, Robert Townsend, Marsha Warfield
  • Directors: Russ Petranto
  • Writers: Arsenio Hall, Chris Rock, Barry Sobel, Robert Townsend, Marsha Warfield
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 9, 1996
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 6301928105
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast From the Past March 19, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
I must have watched this one for the first time back in 1987, which was the year of its release. I was in Junior High school, and found the show to be side-splitting back then. I liked Chris Rock back then (as well as now), but at that time, I thought the funniest comics on the show were Marsha Warfield and Barry Sobel. Flash forward to 2006 and I run upon the VHS in a used record store, purchase it and bring it home to watch with my two youngsters (one of whom is in Junior High). I have a much more critical eye nearly 20 years later, as does my Jr. High school daughter.

Nevertheless, I give this one four stars, because I think it only loses its appeal as an anachronism, added to the fact that it is on VHS rather than HBO, which explains the poor sound quality.

The show runs under an hour, and features five up-and-coming comics from the 1980's, each of whom make an onstage appearance doing standup in the L.A. Ebony Showcase Theatre, as well as participating in various skits throughout the show, playing other characters. There are also other actors participating in the skits who are comical in their own rights, including the Executive Co-Producers Mark Corry and Clint Smith, who play servers in the club, the former playing a "queer guy."

In the audience, a number of celebrities are seen, including Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson, Gladys Knight and Jasmine Guy.

The show paired up Arsenio Hall and Chris Rock and then Barry Sobel and Marsha Warfield for the skits. Although I found Marsha Warfield and Barry Sobel to be the funniest while onstage doing standup--both then and now my favorite scenes remain the same, which are the skits with Arsenio Hall and Chris Rock in the kitchen. They play cooks who want to go onstage and realize their big chance to become stars.
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