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 <email@example.com>
It only hurts when you LAUGH!
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Did You Know?
Both Tom Hanks
and Sally Field
did stand-up routines in comedy clubs to prepare for this film. Stand-up comedian Susie Essman
and comedy writer Dottie Archibald
coached Field for her role. Archibald also served as consultant for the film, recruiting real stand-up comedians to appear in the film. Hanks enlisted stand-up comedian Barry Sobel
and comedy writer Randy Fechter
to help write his routine. One night, a young, up-and-coming Chris Rock
shared a set with Hanks, and has stated since that Hanks was the funniest stand-up he had ever seen. During one of her routines, Sally Field shared a set with a then up-and-coming Adam Sandler
, Sandler stated that Field's routine was the funniest that he's ever seen giving him a boost in his young career. See more
$500! What the hell did you buy for 500 dollars?
References Singin' in the Rain
Remember Tonight and Smile
Words and Music by Michael Pollock See more