The Films of Martin Scorsese KING OF COMEDY

The King of Comedy (1982)

Obsessed with becoming a standup comedy star, Rupert Pupkin slithers into the limo of his idol, television talk-show host Jerry Langford, and makes a plea to appear on Jerry's show. To appease Pupkin, Jerry tells him to call his office, but Pupkin takes him seriously, and even begins to fantasize about Jerry respecting him so much, that he is asked to be Jerry's replacement. After repeatedly being blown off by Jerry's office, Pupkin teams up with Masha, another obsessed fan, and kidnaps him. The ransom is an opportunity to perform his monlogue on Jerry's show. And after Pupkin appears, he becomes an instant media celebrity.

Production company: Twentieth Century-Fox
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producer: Arnon Milchan
Screenplay: Paul Zimmerman
Cinematography (color): Fred Schuler
Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker
Production designer: Boris Leven

Cast: Robert De Niro (Rupert Pupkin), Jerry Lewis (Jerry Langford), Diahnne Abbott (Rita), Sandra Bernhard (Masha), Ed Herlihy (himself), Lou Brown (bandleader), Loretta Tupper, Peter Potulski, Vinnie Gonzales (stage door fans), Whitey Ryan (stage door guard), Doc Lawless (chauffeur), Marta Heflin (young girl), Catherine Scorsese (Rupert's mom), Cathy Scorsese (Dolores), Chuck Low (man in Chinese restaurant), Margo Winkler (receptionist), Shelley Hack (Cathy Long), Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon, Kosmo Vinyl, Ellen Foley, Pearl Harbor, Gabu Salter, Jerry Baxter-Worman, Don Letts (street scum), Fred de Cordova (Bert Thomas), Edgar J. Scherick (Wilson Crockett), Kim Chan (Jonno), Dr. Joyce Brothers, Victor Borge, Tony Randall (themselves), Jay Julien (Langford's lawyer), Harry Ufland (Langford's agent), Martin Scorsese (television director), Charles Scorsese (first man at bar), Mardik Martin (second man at bar)

108 mins.