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?
first wrote the script in 1979 based on his experiences frequenting comedy clubs. Howard Zieff
was attached to direct. When Zieff dropped out, the project was forgotten. In 1986, Daniel Melnick
found the screenplay in a Columbia Pictures vault and wanted to revive the project. It was originally intended to be a small budget film with no stars but the studio sent the script to Sally Field
. When she agreed to star in and produce the film, the budget was raised and Tom Hanks
was cast. See more
$500! What the hell did you buy for 500 dollars?
(from ballet "Gayaneh")
Music by Aram Khachaturyan See more