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Take My Life...Please!

"Take My Life...Please!" is an episode of the American television series The Twilight Zone.

Plot summary

Billy Diamond (Tim Thomerson), a successful stand-up comedian, steals a routine from Dave (Xander Berkeley), another comedian, and performs it on a TV talk show, to huge success enhancing his own career but harming Dave who originated this "bit", since he now cannot perform his own material without being accused of having stolen it.

While driving away from the TV studio, Billy is ambushed by Dave, who threatens him with a pistol and unintentionally shoots him dead.

Billy now finds himself in the afterlife, which turns out to resemble the backstage area of an extremely sleazy nightclub. A stage manager tells him "You're on!" and pushes him out onto a stage in front of a bored-looking audience. When Billy tells conventional jokes, the audience grows hostile and they taunt him with remarks such as "Tell us about how your mother died." In order to make the audience laugh, Billy must humiliate himself by recounting all the most shameful and degrading incidents of his lifetime. This produces laughter from the audience. His act is a success but now he learns that he must spend eternity performing this same act.

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