Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Network Premier: May 26, 2001
Laughter on the 23rd Floor


Max Price (Lane) is at the top of the comedic ladder during 1950’s television, he has a hit show (The Max Price Show), a great writing staff, and is backed heavily by the audience. But alas, all things good do not stay good forever. Ratings go down as the Lawrence Welk show premiers in Wisconson, “Urbanism” is not something to poke fun at, McArthyism is in full gear, and NBC decides they want to cut Prices’ show from an hour and a half show to a one-hour slotter, and Price antes up on the booze and tranquelizers, all while trying to keep his show fresh, keep his staff in work, and find time for his family life. It’s a great flick about loyalty, and it exposes the dangers of trying to be “The Best”; which is always inpossible, especially in show-business. This movie premiers at 8 p.m., May 26th on Showtime.

Dove Review

Finally, a tv-movie that is billed as a comedy that is actually funny! The cast was great, the writing was great, and even the morals were decent. It is rare that the industry puts out tele-movies with such a great mix of acting, writing, and fast cut direction that does not assult the viewer with low grade production values. It is just to bad that the assult on the viewer was in the form of language. This would have been a great film for coming of agers who want to break into the comedy industry, but it is just to hard to endorse these movies when there is so much language. If Showtime would come out with an edited version of this movie, make sure you rent it, or watch it, because it is a comedy that lives up to it’s genre.

Content Description

Some social drinking, cigar smoking, drunkeness, and mis-use of over the counter pills fills the crib sheet in this comedy, but those actions are condemened and not treated with humor or dignity. The big hinderance of this Neil Simon telefilm is the language: 10 profanities, 7 misuses of the Lord's name, and 23 uses of the F-word. There are also many racial jokes, but kept within the group of writers, so it is not meant to be anything serious, though if younger ones see this, they may not understand the inside humor.


Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Writer: Neil Simon
Producer: Jeffrey Lampert
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 102 min.
Industry Rating: TV-14
Reviewer: Kyle Peck