Martin Scorsese’s cringe comedy takes a good, tough, hilarious look at the relationship between super-fan and prey. Robert De Niro gives a one-of-a-kind performance as Rupert Pupkin, a cheerful-but-deranged comic who aspires to get his big break on late-night star Jerry Langford’s talk show. Beneath his cockeyed smile and dorky suits are the creepy trappings of Travis Bickle, so make no mistake: Pupkin’s a psycho, albeit a hilarious one. Featuring superb supporting performances by Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard, The King of Comedy remains one of the greatest films of excruciating embarrassment, and a showbiz-drenched emanation from a lost New York.
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