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The King of Comedy

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Robert De Niro, The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall
director:
Martin Scorsese
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it an A

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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