Martin Scorsese’s cynical take on the nature of celebrity remains shockingly topical and hilariously squirm-inducing nearly 20 years after its initial theatrical release. In a role he would essentially revisit with diminishing returns in 1996’s ”The Fan,” Robert De Niro plays delusional nobody Rupert Pupkin in King of Comedy, an aspiring stand-up who ends up kidnapping a talk-show host (Jerry Lewis, at his supercilious best) in order to get his one shot at TV stardom. Whether Rupert’s whining to his (unseen) buttinsky of a mother or mishandling cue cards crucial to his abduction scheme, De Niro proves he was a master comic actor way before starring in ”Analyze This” and ”Meet the Parents.”
The King of ComedyMartin Scorsese's cynical take on the nature of celebrity remains shockingly topical and hilariously squirm-inducing nearly 20 years after its initial...The King of ComedyComedy, DramaPGMartin Scorsese's cynical take on the nature of celebrity remains shockingly topical and hilariously squirm-inducing nearly 20 years after its initial...2003-01-10Tony Randall
Genre: Comedy, Drama; Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall; Director: Martin Scorsese; MPAA Rating: PG
Posted January 10 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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