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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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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

Richard Benjamin previously directed a similar film, My Favorite Year (1982). Both films feature a young comedy writer on a 1950's TV show that is based on Your Show of Shows (1950), and stars a Sid Caesar-like comedian. Mark Linn-Baker, who plays one of the writers in "Laughter," played the young writer in My Favorite Year (1982), which was produced (uncredited) by Mel Brooks, a fellow writer with Neil Simon on Caesar's 1950's TV show Your Show of Shows (1950). 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

[At his mother's grave]
Max: Ma, have you given any thought to moving next to Pop? I think he really misses you. You wouldn't have to talk to him. I think he just wants to lie next to you. It's cold over there. He doesn't have the sun like you. (Listens) Okay.
Harry: What'd she say?
Max: She wants to sleep on it.
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Follows Broadway Bound (1992) See more »

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What laughter?
17 October 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I have not seen the play, or read it. However, having watched Murder by Death, also written by Neil Simon, I know that this was once marvelous. The man has talent, there's no doubt about that. I am not sure how this got so messed up. The ideas are potentially interesting, and the themes could be compelling. Heck, this could, if nothing more, be *funny*. But it's simply not so. Well, the jokes are occasionally great. We're talking one out of five or so, though. Looking at the guy's filmography, I'm thinking a large part of the blame lies with the director. The actors are all excellent, and they do the very best performances they can with what they are given to work with. You can only do so well with a script as apparently bad as this adaptation, and direction as utterly unfocused as this shows. This revolves around a 50's television comedian(maybe if you enjoy those, you'll find this amusing to a greater extent than I did) and his colleagues. There's stuff about censorship, commercialism and pushing oneself too hard, meanwhile, none of it gets enough development to matter or make an impact. The pacing is fine. Editing and cinematography are standard. There is some strong language in this. I recommend this to fans of at least one person involved who feel that they must catch everything that he/she/they are/is in. 5/10


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