PG certificateThe King of Comedy is a Film programme that first aired in 1983 and has been classified a PG certificate.

The King of Comedy is a 4 star programme

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The King of Comedy (1983)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is an aspiring comedian obsessed with becoming a comedy great. He decides that the only way he can get a shot at the big time with the help of America's top chat show host, Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis).

However, when he confronts his idol, with a plea to perform on the Jerry's show, he is only given the run-around.

Yet he doesn't give up, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he teams up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha (Sandra Bernhard). The two then decide the only way they can get what they want is to kidnap the man in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine and her chance to meet her idol.

This film's tale focuses on the successes and the pitfalls inherent in the pursuit of the American Dream - and reveals that sometimes crime does pay!

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1983

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Robert de NiroRobert de Niro...Rupert Pupkin
Jerry Lewis...Jerry Langford
Diahnne Abbott...Rita Keane
Sandra Bernhard...Masha
Shelley Hack...Cathy Long
Ed Herlihy...Himself
Lou Brown...Band leader
Loretta Tupper...Stage Door Fan
Peter Potulski...Stage Door Fan
Vinnie Gonzales...Stage Door Fan
Whitey Ryan...Stage Door Guard
Doc Lawless...Chauffeur
Marta Heflin...Young Girl
Katherine Wallach...Autograph Seeker
Charles Kaleina...Autograph Seeker