over 3 years
Dark and hilarious. Excellent performances from all.
over 4 years
An acting master class from De Niro. Disturbingly funny. The ending is on point, perfect.
over 5 years
A flop at the time. Just watched it for the first time finally, and I really recommend it!
almost 6 years
A quite intriguing, under-watched early film from Scorsese.
The King of Comedy is a 1983 American dark comedy film starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, and directed by Martin Scorsese. The subject of the movie is celebrity stalking. It was released on February 18, 1983 in the United States by 20th Century Fox.
Rupert Pupkin (De Niro), a stage-door autograph hound, is an aspiring stand-up comic with obsessive ambition far in excess of his still-budding talent. After an accidental meeting with Jerry Langford (Lewis), a famous comedian and talk show host, Rupert believes his "big break" has finally come. He attempts to get a place on the show, but is continually rebuffed by Langford's staff and, finally, by Langford himself.
Along the way, Rupert indulges in elaborate and obsessive fantasies where he and Langford are colleagues and friends. He even takes a date, Rita, to Langford's home, uninvited, trying to impress her.
When the straight approach does not work, Rupert hatches a kidnapping plot with the help of Masha (Sandra Bernhard), a...