Punchline (1988) or Flop Sweat on Film

Howdy, gang.

I got the lovely opportunity to write for the Cleveland Comedy Festival this year and I decided to look at one of the earliest attempts at taking stand-up seriously, 1988’s Punchline.  

It features Tom Hanks when he still regularly played jerks, Sally Field before she played his mom, a seedy black market of jokes, a nun and a tenuous grasp of how stand-up comedy works in the first place.

Read it here, if you’d be so kind:


And check out the Festival if you’re in Cleveland for some reason.  Took the wrong bus, or something.



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