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Mr. Saturday Night
Directed by Billy Crystal
Produced by Billy Crystal
Written by Billy Crystal
Babaloo Mandel
Lowell Ganz
Starring Billy Crystal
David Paymer
Julie Warner
Helen Hunt
Ron Silver
Jerry Lewis
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) September 23, 1992
Running time 119 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mr. Saturday Night is a 1992 film that marks the feature film directorial debut of actor Billy Crystal. The film focuses on the rise and fall of Buddy Young Jr. (played by Crystal), a stand-up comedian. Crystal produced and co-wrote the screenplay with the writing duo Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz. It was filmed from 1991 to 1992 and released on September 23, 1992, by Columbia Pictures.



Mr. Saturday Night tells the fictional story of the rise and fall of stand-up comedian Buddy Young Jr. and his brother and manager, Stan (played by David Paymer). Through a series of flashbacks, the movie traces the brothers from childhood entertaining their family in the living room, through Buddy Young's early days in the Catskills, where he meets his future wife (Julie Warner), to hitting the big time with his own television show. Then as the once popular comic is past his prime, it chronicles his self-destructive behavior while an agent (Helen Hunt) attempts to get him work and the toll it takes on the comic's relationships with his family.

Box office performance

The film performed poorly at the U.S. box office. According to it grossed less than $14 million.

Academy Awards

Paymer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. He lost to Gene Hackman for Unforgiven.

During the Academy Awards the next year, Crystal hosted. When announcing the nominees for Best Film of 1992 during the opening, Crystal added his movie to the list, immediately afterwards adding the line, "I just wanted to see how it feels."


Comedian Jerry Lewis has a cameo in the film.

Cultural references

A list of comedy greats is given during Buddy's initial altercation with Annie:

DVD releases

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