Directors Series: Martin Scorsese
The King of Comedy
The discourse around this year’s Joker put Scorsese’s underseen dramatic farce back on a lot of people’s watchlists, and we’re pleased to present it as part of our Scorsese Directors Series.
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.