Runtime : 01h37
Genres : Comedy, Drama
Release : October 07, 1988
Studio : Columbia Pictures
Domestic revenue : $21,042,667
Director : David Seltzer
Writer : David Seltzer
Shooting place : The United States

Cast and characters

Tom Hanks Steven Gold
Sally Field Lilah Krytsick
John Goodman John Krytsick
Mark Rydell Romeo
Kim Greist Madeline Urie
Paul Mazursky Arnold
Pam Matteson Utica Blake
George McGrath Singing Nun
Taylor Negron Albert Emperato
Barry Neikrug Krug
Ángel Salazar Rico
Damon Wayans Percy
Joycee Katz Joycee
Mac Robbins Billy Lane
Max Alexander Mister Ball


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!