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Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001)

Writing a weekly TV show for a famous comic is anything but easy.

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nathan Lane ... Max Prince
Mark Linn-Baker ... Val Skotsky
Saul Rubinek ... Ira Stone
Dan Castellaneta ... Milt Fields
Richard Portnow ... Harry Prince
Kristi Angus ... Darlene Drew
Ardon Bess Ardon Bess ... Cecil
Colin Fox ... Cal Weebs
Sherry Miller ... Faye
Frank Proctor Frank Proctor ... Walter Winchell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mackenzie Astin ... Lucus Brickman
Marcia Bennett ... Cal's Secretary
Robert Bidaman Robert Bidaman ... Brad
Ian D. Clark ... Doctor
Philip Craig ... Dennis
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Storyline

Writing a weekly TV show for a famous comic is anything but easy.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Most Original Comedy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Black and White | Color (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Lucas' last name is Nader in the film, Brickman in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Lucas: My name is Lucas.
Milt: Not Arnie?
Lucas: No, Lucas.
Milt: Too Late. I already learned Arnie.
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Connections

References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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For the Golden Age Of Television Lovers
29 October 2001 | by in321qSee all my reviews

To see this film, is to see what television was and to a great degree still remains to be today. Nathan Lane with a wonderful supporting cast shows the audience what "real television" was like. It's a fine story of talent, respect and true friendship amongst a writing team and a proud star of a "Hit Show " as they face the end of an era of Americana, "Good Television Programming".

Lane demonstrates his breadth of talent by showing us the range of human emotion it takes to be a "Top Banana". Good direction and writing in this piece that could have lasted 10 to 20 minutes longer, as it left me wanting more for all the characters. Thank You Mr. Simon, Mr. Lane, et al.


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