Ken Tucker
November 16, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Franklyn Ajaye: Upside Downunder

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
11/16/90
performer
Franklyn Ajaye
broadcaster
Showtime Networks Inc.
genre
Comedy

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-

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