Punchline

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One of the many incarnations of Punchline, a show that never came to fruition. The show features people from all over the country telling jokes on-camera.

0:00 Opening for Punchline.

1:01 Bill Visteen, host, explains the structure of the show.

1:37 Assorted people tell jokes on the street.

5:18 Einstein explains that the best jokes start with surprises.

5:55 Bill Cosby does commercial for Coca-Cola.

6:24 Commercial for Pam.

6:56 Punchline returns. Visteen explains that there are people who research the science of humor. He introduces clips from a national convention on jokes.

7:35 People go up on stage and tell jokes at the convention at Arizona State University. Man from Waynesboro, VA, wins the joke-telling contest and receives $16.

10:50 Visteen claims that airports are places of great joy and introduces clips of people reuiniting at airports.

11:22 Clips of people hugging and kissing at airports.

12:33 Commercial for Pizza Hut.

13:03 Commercial for Nerf basketballs.

13:33 Punchline returns. More clips of jokes, includ ing one by Dan Castenella.

16:05 Ronald Reagan on C-Span. He asks if the cameras are off and then thumbs his fingers at the crowd.

16:22 Visteen claims that M orey Amsterdam of the Dick Van Dyke show has written most of the funny jokes in this world.

16:50 Amsterdam and longtime partner Rose Marie talk about jokes for their acts.

19:34 Commercial for Great American Federal Savings.

20:04 Commercial for Polaroid.

20:35 Punchline returns. People tell jokes about Beethoven and then other assorted jokes.

22:54 Visteen introduces a joke that ‘ s been all over the country about Michael Jackson and then encourages people to call the Punchline hotline. He then closes the show.

23:45 Shots of crazy laughter.

24:03 Space for credits.

25:14 End of tape.

 

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