Lilah Krytsick (Sally Field) is a New Jersey housewife and mother of three who has been told all her life that she is funny. Steven Gold (Tom Hanks) is a failed medical student whose natural comedic talent has allowed him to steal the spotlight at New York comedy club the Gas Station, thus keeping him from focusing on the other failures in his life. Lilah decides to follow her dreams and try her luck on the Gas Station stage, but her act falls flat. When she strikes up a friendship with bitter Steven, he helps her sharpen her comedy while she attempts to help him pull his chaotic life together. This unique comedy/drama features a strong supporting cast including John Goodman, Damon Wayans, and Paul Mazursky.