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Punchline (1988)

R 10/07/1988 (US) ComedyDrama 2h 3m

Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.


Lilah Krytsick is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to help the untried Lilah develop her stage act. Despite the objections of her family and some very wobbly beginnings, Lilah improves, and soon she finds herself competing with Steven for a coveted television spot.

  1. David Seltzer

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Sally Field

    Sally Field

    Lilah Krytsick

  2. Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks

    Steven Gold

  3. John Goodman

    John Goodman

    John Krytsick

  4. Mark Rydell

    Mark Rydell


  5. Kim Greist

    Kim Greist

    Madeline Urie

  6. Paul Mazursky

    Paul Mazursky


  7. Damon Wayans

    Damon Wayans


  8. Taylor Negron

    Taylor Negron

    Albert Emperato

  9. Pam Matteson

    Utica Blake

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Full Cast & Crew


Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $21,032,267.00


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