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2.5 Stars
Punchline Poster
Primary Location: First Saw:On TV Saw at/with: w/ Suzy on HBO
Rating: R Year: 1988 Category: Drama Comedy
Director: David Seltzer Time: 128 min. Writer: David Seltzer

Mine: Kind of depressing. A look at the desperate way that some people look for fame and laughter. Some decent performances, but overall to harsh and the characters are just not likeable.
Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis: 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!
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