The King of Comedy

DVD - 2002
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The King of Comedy
Talk show host Jerry Langford is kidnapped on his way to the studio by an aspiring stand-up comic who is short on talent but long on ambition. The ransom demand: an appearance on Langford's show to perform his routine.

Publisher: [Beverly Hills, Calif] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2002.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Martin Scorsese takes aim at America’s obsession with celebrity and scores a direct hit in this funny and very mean-spirited satire. Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro, perfectly infuriating) is a penniless nobody with grandiose dreams of becoming the nation’s greatest stand-up comedian. Dressing up his meagre apartment as an ersatz television studio he regularly entertains daydreams in which he is the toast of television and the envy of the one man he admires the most, talk show host Jerry Langford (an effectively low-keyed Jerry Lewis). In order to make his dreams of fame and fortune come true Rupert begins stalking Langford accompanied by his equally batshit companion Masha (an outrageously manic Sandra Bernhard) who is determined to become Jerry’s lover at any cost. Repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to gain access to Langford’s life the obsessive duo eventually resort to kidnapping and death threats to get their idol’s attention… Although it starts out deceptively as just another wacky comedy you soon realize that Scorsese’s protagonists are actually a pair of narcissistic psychopaths with De Niro’s Pupkin a sitcom reincarnation of Travis Bickle. This revelation suddenly casts all those jokes and pratfalls in an uncomfortably sinister light as the true depth of Pupkin’s mania becomes apparent and, by association, the public’s unquenchable thirst for novelty and sensationalism (spurred on by a press eager to invent the next Big Thing). With its cruel sense of detachment and cynical sense of the absurd, The King offers a few shivers to go with its laughs.

Jan 04, 2014
  • lobsterandtheliver rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of Scorcese's more underrated films- mainly because it takes an unflinching and brutally honest look at the entertainment industry, and it's golem-like appendage called " fame ". DeNiro gives one of his more subtle performances- all the more amazing as he was reputedly doing a lot of narcotics at the time. Jerry Lewis basically doesn't act in the film- what you see is basically what you get in real life.

Aug 29, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

One thing I love about comedies is when directors cast the funniest actor in the film, as a very strict, no nonsense, and humorless grump, that's what Martin Scorsesse did with Jerry Lewis in this film. When I first watched this movie, I really didn't know what to think of it. Robert De Niro plays a strugling comedian named Rupert Pupkin, whose obsession with late night televsion host, Jerry Langford (Lewis), drives him to extremes when he kidnappes him in order to get on his television show. There is some pretty dark stuff in this film, which I suppose is what makes the impact with the viewer. It's one of the only Martin Scorsesse pictures, that I really had to think about before giving my opinion on it, and my opinion is that it is a very good movie, with a strong cast and a truly Oscar worthy performance from Jerry Lewis, seriously, you can't find talent like Jerry anymore, you just don't.

Apr 02, 2013
  • outside_of_a_dog rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Oddball comedy with amazing director and cast.


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