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Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001)

R | | Comedy | TV Movie 26 May 2001
Writing a weekly TV show for a famous comic is anything but easy.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Ira Stone
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Milt Fields
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Harry Prince
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Darlene Drew
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Cecil
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Cal Weebs
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Faye
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Writing a weekly TV show for a famous comic is anything but easy.

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TV's top comic has everything. Except his sanity.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

"The Max Prince Show" is based on Your Show of Shows (1950). It was broadcast between 1950 and 1954. See more »

Goofs

There are a few brief inserts of The Lawrence Welk Show, and Lawrence Welk's voice is heard saying "thank you, Myron" after a voice-over introduction. The announcer's voice was not that of Myron Floren, a band member who often provided transitions between musical numbers, but that of the regular announcer who opened each show. See more »

Quotes

[NBC plans on putting a "spy/observer" onto Max's show]
Max: If he's REALLY observant, he's gonna observe me getting upset! And then he's gonna observe me very quietly, and very politely, putting my fist through his fucking face!
[Max then punches a hole in the wall]
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References Julius Caesar (1953) See more »

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You can't rely on good actors alone
21 June 2005 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Thanks, mercutio-8 for the information that it was based on a play, that helped me to understand that there might have been something to it once... But now there is almost no plot at all, just a couple of scenes with heavy bantering (sometimes somewhat funny) and some very unstructured criticism of the McCarthy era.

There has to be more to be made out of this concept - comedy under the strain of self-imposed (?) censorship during McCarthyism, rivalry and yet comradeship between writers, the actual process of brainstorming, the early TV-market economy demands from media barons vs. artistic freedom. I think there was an ambition to show these different themes - although the director accomplished none of the above.

No shadow should fall on the actors though - they're all top of the line. But when they get such a lousy script to work with, what can they do?


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