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Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school. He and several others work regularly at the Gas Station, a New York comedy club. The wages are lousy and everybody hopes for the big break. Lilah Krytsick is housewife with an ambition to be a stand-up comedian, however she doesnt seem to have the talent. Steven takes her under his wings and teaches her the art of comedy and humour. But when a TV station arranges a comedy evening at the club, Steve sees his opportunity for fame and stardom. Their friendship seems quickly forgotten and now it's every man and woman for him- or herself! Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,032,267 (USA)
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For the role of Lilah's husband, John Krytsick, writer-director David Seltzer cast John Goodman, who played the philosophical convict in Raising Arizona (1987). Seltzer said: "Lilah's husband doesn't understand her desire to be a stand-up comedian but I didn't want him to be a villain or cruel. John is this big, soft, gentle bear who plays the role as a man bewildered by all of the sudden changes taking place". See more »

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When Steven and Lilah are riding the #7 subway, the Manhattan terminus of the line is shown as Lexington Ave. The actual terminus should be 42nd St./ Times Square. See more »

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Madeline Urie: Is - is this a joke?
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Remember Tonight and Smile
Words and Music by Michael Pollock
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Punchlove
21 May 2000 | by (Big Flapple, Indonesia) – See all my reviews

The movie about passion, love, affair, recognition, self-improvement, and family.

Young Hanks duets with Sally Field in this gripping tale about stand up comedian. A fresh look towards these people who dedicate their life for their passion for laugh.

An interesting twist of plot, when we see John Goodman, started as a painful husband, stuck between his job, turns into a husband who demand more attention and command Sally Field to let go of her career and passion for comedy. And an interesting acts where he turns out to be a real husband. Not a working husband.

The struggle of being oneself. This is the red line of the movie. Some people fooled themselves and others runaway from their faith, while others fight for them and realized their true goals and needs.

A heart-warming, funny, tragic movie. We ended up looking at ourselves, trying to make up jokes and acts up all right while crying and denying ourselves in true life.

Sunday evening movie.


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