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Franklyn Ajaye: Upside Downunder

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Franklyn Ajaye: Upside Downunder

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Franklyn Ajaye
Showtime Networks Inc.

We gave it a B-

Ajaye is a veteran comedian, actor (Car Wash), and comedy writer (In Living Color) who’s never become a star, and less charitable critics might speculate that the reason this comedy concert was taped in Australia is that this American couldn’t find enough U.S. citizens to laugh at his mild jokes. But mild jokes, free of obscenity or malice, distinguish him from most of his contemporaries. Ajaye isn’t awfully funny — there’s no way you’ll laugh as hard as the regaled Aussies do here — but he has a soothingly reedy voice and an eccentric imagination. His best routine — a lengthy speculation on what a Rastafarian bobsledding team in the Olympics would be like — is languidly witty. B-