Cinema: Knockdown Duel

PUNCHLINE Directed and Written by David Seltzer

Lilah Krytsick (Sally Field) is discovered skulking into the kind of 24-hour diner that, in movies, betokens a Mafia presence. And sure enough, a disreputable little man is soon slipping her a mysterious packet. Dope? Money for laundering? No, jokes. As it turns out, terrible jokes. Jokes that produce a distillation of pure flop sweat when she tries them out at a comedy club called the Gas Station, where beginning comics mostly improvise their own humiliations. For Lilah is a bored New Jersey housewife who has been told all her life that she is...

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