The King of Comedy

This month’s selection as Movie of the Month came from a list of Blind Spots submitted by the host. A Martin Scorsese flop from 1983, which has grown in stature over the years, “The King of Comedy” starring Robert DeNiro. DeNiro is the frustrated, Rupert Pupkin, obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on Jerry’s show, he is only given the run-around. He does not give up, however, but persists in stalking Jerry until he gets what he wants. Eventually he must team up with his psychotic Langford-obsessed friend Masha to kidnap the talk show host in hopes of finally getting to perform his stand-up routine.

Todd Liebenow of Forgotten Films, Nick Rehak from Lyrical Innuendo and Matthew Simpson from Awesome Friday Podcast join Richard in examining this Dark “Comedy” and it’s widely admired performances.


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