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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
Robert De Niro, The King of Comedy
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The King of Comedy

Genre: Comedy, Drama; Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall; Director: Martin Scorsese; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: PG

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.”

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