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Punchline

Remember when you could last stomach Tom Hanks? This stand-up romance marks the last gasp of the pre-rot stage for us, as years of annoying muscular contortions are yet to give the Hanks fizzog the freakish appearance it enjoys now, and – whisper it – he’s rather good at being a stand-up comedian, who’s also a medical student – nice to see that age-old tradition isn’t limited to the UK. Sally Field is inevitably less convincing with her hackneyed Borscht belt banter, but the end result is just about agreeable enough for us to forgive its almost weekly appearance on ITV throughout the 1990s.

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  1. Droogie

    April 9, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    I listen to a lot of podcasts by American comedians, and this film always gets a drubbing by them for it’s unrealistic depiction of comedy clubs. One particuarly silly conceit in this movie that pisses comedians off is the open-mike comedy club featured here has a locker room backstage for the comedians to change in before and after a show – something none of the real stand-ups have ever witnessed or encountered in their comedy careers.

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