Announcer: Maurice Lamarche.

Announcer: Maurice Lamarche.

First of four half-hour spex covers segs of Howie Mandel’s onstage act in Anaheim where the Celebrity Theater audience is getting a kick out of watching the comedian’s skits and hearing his observations. Maybe it plays better in Anaheim.

Idea of a free-form comedy exercise is OK, but Mandel’s specialized brand of kidding around needs inside info and a sense of continuity to help the auditor.

Mandel is ingratiating, but the sketches such as a boy in pajamas, a ventriloquist and his dummy (a little person), and a hairstylist are more like samples than complete sketches.

Director Morris Abraham doesn’t do much for pulling the program together for the cameras, but the Mandelphiles in Anaheim eat it up.

Howie

(Wed. (1), 8-8:30 p.m., CBS-TV)

Production

Taped at Celebrity Theater, Anaheim, by Atlantis in association with the Fred Rappoport Co., RPM Prods., Smith-Hemion Prods. and Alevy Prods. Exec producers, Fred Rappoport, Michael Rotenberg, Gary Smith, Peter Sussman; supervising producer, Sean Ryerson; producer, Howie Mandel; co-producer-director, Morris Abraham; writers, Mandel, Jim Staahl, Jim Fisher; art director, Richard D. Bluhm; theme, Clarence Clemons; production designer, Jack McAdam.

Cast

Cast: Howie Mandel, Clarence Clemons, Lita Ford, Gilbert Gottfried, Shirley Greene, Linda Lutz, Michu Meszaros, The Quiddles.
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