The King of Comedy
Director: Martin Scorsese Run Time: 109 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 1982
Starring: Diahnne Abbott, Jerry Lewis, Robert De Niro, Sandra Bernhard, Shelley Hack
Screenwriter: Paul Zimmerman
Producer: Arnon Milchan
With an introduction by Founding Member and Vidiot extraordinaire Lake Bell
Get obsessed with Scorsese’s brilliantly unhinged dark comedy about fame and celebrity infatuation. Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a failure in life but a celebrity in his own mind, hosting an imaginary talk show in his mother’s basement. When he meets actual talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), he’s convinced it will provide his big break, but Langford isn’t interested in the would-be comedian. Undaunted, Pupkin effectively stalks Langford — and when that doesn’t work, he kidnaps him, offering his release in exchange for a guest spot on Langford’s show. Sandra Bernhard gives her career performance as Misha, a brilliantly demented stalker. An inexplicable box-office bomb upon its release, the bleak absurdism of Scorsese’s take on celebrity culture only gets more prescient and understandable as time goes by.
“THE KING OF COMEDY is the only film I can watch over and over again and laugh/marvel in its genius like it’s the first time seeing it.” Lake Bell, Vidiots friend + Founding Member