Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin wants to achieve success in showbiz, by resorting to stalking his idol, a late night talk show host who craves his own privacy.
Release Year: 1983
Rating: 7.7/10 (25,267 voted)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott
Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the Jerry's show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine.
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Nobody knows Rupert Pupkin, but by 11:30 tonight, the whole world will know he's . . . THE KING OF COMEDY
Release Date: 4 March 1983
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
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In his monologue on the Jerry Langford show, De Niro's character Rupert Pupkin says that he is from Clifton, New Jersey. This is possibly an allusion to Andy Kaufman's abusive comedian persona, Tony Clifton, whom Pupkin resembles with similar hair, moustache and cheap blue suits.
In the final scenes between Masha and Jerry, after she undresses, her bra straps go from crossed (which is the logical choice to go with her dress) to straight.
And now, from New York, The Jerry Langford Show! With Jerry's guests Tony Randall, Richard Dreyfuss, Rodney Dangerfield, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Lou Brown and the orchestra, and little old me Ed Herlihy. And now say hello to Jerry!
Scorsese and De Niro's underrated black comedy masterpiece.
'The King Of Comedy' is easily Martin Scorsese's most underrated and
misunderstood movie. Scorsese and Robert De Niro's previous collaboration
was the brilliant boxing biopic 'Raging Bull', generally regarded by most
people as a masterpiece. Then the two made 'The King Of Comedy'… What a
brave move! You couldn't find a more different movie, but one just as
impressive and extraordinary. This movie is disliked by many, deliberately
ignored by others. It's a very uncomfortable film. It's a (very) black
comedy and is genuinely funny in places, but much of it is embarrassing to
watch. Not because it is inept, but because of the believability of De
Niro's obnoxious and irritating "loser" and wanna be comic Rupert Pupkin. De
Niro has made a lot of disappointing movies in the last few years but 'The
King Of Comedy' reminds you of just how brilliant he can be. I can't think
of many actors who would be brave enough to play this part! Jerry Lewis is a
performer I have always disliked, but he is excellent in this movie,
probably because he is playing someone very close to himself in real life.
The rest of the supporting cast aren't the most obvious choices, led by
confrontational comedienne Sandra Bernhard and the "forgotten" Charlie's
Angel Shelley Hack. Plus there are Tony Randall and a couple of other
celebrities playing themselves, and a blink and you'll miss it cameo by The
Clash (!). I really admire Scorsese for taking such a risk with this movie,
which is one of the most original and provocative ever released by a major
Hollywood studio. Bravo! This is must see viewing for not only all Scorsese
or De Niro fans, but anyone who appreciates unusual or difficult