A funny thing happens to talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) on his way to the studio... kidnapped by stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert DeNiro) and his wacky sidekick (Sandra Bernhard), Langford is forced to give Pupkin a shot at the big time by allowing the struggling comic to perform his routine on Langford's show. What unfolds is an incredibly funny and poignant story about the darker side of comedy.
- The King of Comedy review by Jawbreaker
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King of Comedy is no laugh; instead it features a sinister, uncomfortable undercurrent. It’s said everyone has five minutes of fame, some accidental; others grasp an opportunity or take matters into their own hands and court infamy. Rupert Pupkin tries them all without much success, despite his comedy talent. If only he put more effort into show business than stalking Jerry Langford. The real performance comes from Bernhard, very disturbing and crazed! A very interesting take on celebrity and something different from Scorsese.