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CAREY GIVING FANS THE PARTIAL `MONTY'.

``The Drew Carey Show'' is very buzzy - for a largely B-level sitcom. Right now, ``Carey,'' a decent comedy of Midwestern working stiffs, is riding high on clever, recycled song-and-dance routines and goofy takes on ``The Rocky Horror Show'' and other classics. Otherwise the show is comfy-easy as chips and suds, with occasional salsa-like zingers from star Drew Carey.

Tonight ``Carey'' gets meatier - with a sharply silly take on the Brit flick of full frontal frolicking, ``The Full Monty.''

Carey's striptease doesn't come till the show's end. The most we see is a full rear view - raw indeed but strategically blocked by microphones. But the bun fun, half-baked as it is, is exuberant and preceded by smarter writing than usual.

As in ``The Full Monty,'' our heroes are unlikely Chippendales - beefy, not beefcake. Carey, pals Oswald (Diedrich Bader) and Lewis (Ryan Stiles) and snotty supervisor Mr. Wick (Craig Ferguson) decide to bare all after Carey mistakenly neuters their boss's prize Hungarian Puli breed dog, ironically named Lucky.

``Lucky's charms are gone,'' Carey observes wryly.

How to fix the fix? Buy Mrs. Louder a new pooch for $5,000 - and fast. That means a group grind at the local bar. But the cops close 'em down before the first shirt is tossed. To prove how harmless they are, our chunky cheeks do a test unzip for the city council.

There's also a brief take on another current movie of male endowment, ``Boogie Nights,'' when bad boy Larry offers to show Carey something really big.

And Carey gets one of the best scripts he's had in a while in a show that mixes understated humor with unself-conscious undress.

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Date:Nov 12, 1997
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