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.