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1988 – Punchline
Tom Hanks as Steven Gold

Directed by: David Seltzer
Written by: David Seltzer
Produced by: Daniel Melnick, Michael I. Rachmil
Production year: 1988
Original release: 7 October 1988 (USA)
Running time: 2 Hours, 8 Minutes
Other cast: Sally Field, John Goodman, Mark Rydell
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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!