Master of impersonation and improvisation Jonathan Winters is candidly clever on this Grammy Award-winning compilation of crank phone calls. Winters was in his fifth decade of comedy by the time Crank(y) Calls was set to tape, but the answering machine proves a refreshingly personal and impulsive medium for this stand-up pioneer. Whether he’s impersonating Ross Perot - depicted here on his quest to "call every American" - or "Dr. Death", a rather too casual assisted-suicide specialist in search of patients, Winters’ uncanny ability to spin up increasingly ludicrous characters and situations is sure to split a few sides. A seminal influence on the likes of Johnny Carson, Robin Williams, and Jack Paar, Winters serves up another comedy landmark here.
© and (P)1995 The Publishing Mills, Inc.; (P)1999 Uproar Entertainment, Inc.
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