I find Buddy hysterical, I just wish his act wasn't tainted with racist Asian caricatures. Other than that - I love it. I also gotta hand it to the early Home Box Office folk - these people really knew how to film a stand-up act so that it looked great and retained the feeling of the live experience. That is a nearly impossible thing to do. I imagine this was filmed at a closed room in Vegas - and I am basing that on the look of the audience alone. If you watch this whole thing you will see a great deal of people in the crowd wiping their eyes and faces with hankerchiefs as they laugh. Were they provided by HBO? Have you ever wiped your face with a napkin at a comedy show ever?
Yes, he sang a straight song at the end. That's Classic Television Showbiz.