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Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Movie 2001) Poster

(2001 TV Movie)

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The following characters are based on the following real-life people as follows: Lucas Brickman on Neil Simon; Max Prince on Sid Caesar; Kenny Franks on Larry Gelbart; Val Slotsky on Mel Tolkin; Brian Doyle on Tony Webster; Milt Fields on Sheldon Keller; Carol Wyman on Lucille Kallen; Ira Stone on Mel Brooks; and Harry Prince on Sid Caesar's brother Dave Caesar. There is no character based on Woody Allen.
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"The Max Prince Show" is based on Your Show of Shows (1950). It was broadcast between 1950 and 1954.
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The original Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" opened at the Richard Rodgers Theater on 22nd November 1993 and ran for 320 performances until 27th August 1994. Nathan Lane and Mark Linn-Baker reprised their stage roles in this televised movie. The play opened in London's West End on 3rd October 1996 and ran for five months. It starred Gene Wilder. The play's setting is described in its intro as; "An office on the 23rd floor of a building on 57th Street, New York City. 1953". The play was Simon's 28th written stage production.
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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).
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One of three Neil Simon written films which actor-producer-director Richard Benjamin has worked on. Benjamin co-starred in The Sunshine Boys (1975) and directed The Goodbye Girl (2004) TV remake (also a producer) and the tele-movie Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001).
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The number 23 was chosen as the floor level in the title for the source play because, according to Neil Simon, script sessions for the original 1950s Your Show of Shows (1950) were held either on the 11th or 12th floor of the NBC-TV building. Add them together and one gets 23.
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Both this tele-movie and Broadway Bound (1992) and their respective source Neil Simon plays are considered companion pieces as they reflect Simon's early writing career.
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One of a number of period comedies directed by Richard Benjamin. The films include Mermaids (1990), City Heat (1984), Mrs. Winterbourne (1996), My Favorite Year (1982), Racing with the Moon (1984) and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001).
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There is a tombstone with the name Peschkowsky - Mike Nichols real last name.
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