Joe Piscopo makes his way back to the blog with an appearance in one of the clips on our YouTube playlist for Moonlighting. One of the original series promos also touts an original ABC presentation, The Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special.
In case you somehow forgot, Joe Piscopo is from New Jersey. So it's only appropriate that he return to the Garden State for a primtime TV special. the program aired 10:00 on Tuesday, May 13, 1986, losing out to Stingray on NBC and a CBS TV-movie called Second Serve (based on Renee Richards' autobiography).
This was several years after Piscopo's SNL run, and it was less successful than a 1984 HBO special. A contemporary Chicago Tribune review was lukewarm.
Unfortunately, the result is an occasionally amusing hour that is mostly undistinguished for its persistent self-indulgence.
Danny DeVito has a prominent role, Eddie Murphy and then-governor Thomas Kean less so.
This special is available on YouTube in segments, but here is an official clip from its apparent rights holder: