A highly successful advertising executive decides to put his job on hold after getting an update from his father that he and his wife are divorced and decides to extend his break after revealing that his father is a diabetic.
Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, ... See full summary »
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
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For the role of Romeo, the comedy club owner who is both needed and resented by the comedians, David Seltzer cast longtime friend Mark Rydell. Although Rydell began his career as a performer, he had distinguished himself in the last decade prior to this film as a director. Rydell said: "I've always admired David Seltzer, and when he called he got me at a weak moment and I surrendered. He's a very sensitive writer. I loved his movie, Lucas (1986) and when I read his 'Punchline' script, I thought, 'Why not?'." Rydell had not acted since Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973) with Elliott Gould, but he came to "Punchline" as a performer. Rydell added: "I try not to think as a director when I'm acting. The skills are antithetical. The director is always in some way judging what is going on, whereas an actor, to do his job right, must be able to surrender completely to the experience". See more »
When Steven and Lilah are riding the #7 subway, the Manhattan terminus of the line is shown as Lexington Ave. The actual terminus should be 42nd St./ Times Square. See more »
Don't be scared, 'cuz I'm Funny Steve... with a lampshade on his head. Singing and dancing, for your entertainment, his own rendition of "Singin' in the Rain"!
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Tom Hanks performs the "Singing in the Rain" umbrella/street dance number like you'd never imagine it could be. I loved him in this movie. Probably more than the vast majority of his others. His portrayal of an emotionally tormented and lost young man blessed with a tremendous and natural talent for comedy - dark as it may be - broke my heart. I wasn't crazy about Sally Fields as his leading lady - the match up just didn't work for me. But as individuals they were both excellent.
I would recommend it highly. It's not really a comedy as the title might suggest. It is, as I said dark, but with some very warm feelings about giving. I gave it an 8
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