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Punchline (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  7 October 1988 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Dying is easy. Comedy is hard. See more »

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7 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Punch Line  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,032,267 (USA)
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One of the movie's taglines "It only hurts when you laugh!" was similar to the actual title of the then recent Neil Simon comedy Only When I Laugh (1981) which was known as "It hurts only when I laugh" for its UK cinema release. 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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Steven Gold: If you're sending someone down, you better send him fast - 'cuz funny Steve's going under.
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not surprisingly misunderstood
15 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A reviewer once complained that "Punchline" commits an unforgivable sin by being an unfunny movie about stand up comics. For anyone who agrees, try looking "irony" up in the dictionary - it's an element that's occasionally used outside of the literary world.

The film's deliberately awkward and painful scenes illustrate the point, "Lady, nothing is a joke to me. That's why I'm in comedy. And that's why you're not."

The same reviewer made the hilarious claim that comics never tell jokes out of compulsion or denial, but simply because "they love making other people laugh." newsflash: creative and hysterical people are often highly dysfunctional! :D thank you goodnight!


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