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The King of Comedy (1982)

Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.

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Lou Brown ...
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Loretta Tupper ...
Stage Door Fan
Peter Potulski ...
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Vinnie Gonzales ...
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Whitey Ryan ...
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Katherine Wallach ...
Autograph Seeker
Charles Kaleina ...
Autograph Seeker
Richard Baratz ...
Caricaturist
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Storyline

Rupert Pupkin is obsessed with becoming a comedy great. However, when he confronts his idol, talk show host Jerry Langford, with a plea to perform on the 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. Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>

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Nobody knows Rupert Pupkin, but by 11:30 tonight, the whole world will know he's . . . THE KING OF COMEDY . . and when it's all over one of them won't be laughing See more »


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18 December 1982 (Iceland)  »

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King of Comedy  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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Liza Minnelli filmed a scene where she played herself on Jerry Langford's talk show and sang "New York, New York", but it didn't make the final cut. Minnelli only appears in the finished film as a life-size cardboard cutout, a guest on Rupert Pupkin's basement talk show. See more »

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When Rupert and Rita are being kicked out of Jerry's countryside home, while Jerry replies "Not them, me.." the left half of the glass door in front of him is closed, but in the next moment we see Jerry from behind closing it. See more »

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[first lines]
Ed Herlihy: And now, from New York, The Jerry Langford Show! With Jerry's guests Tony Randall, Richard Dreyfuss, Rodney Dangerfield, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Lou Brown and the orchestra, and little old me Ed Herlihy. And now say hello to Jerry!
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References Bus Stop (1956) See more »

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Rainbow Sleeves
Written by Rickie Lee Jones
Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
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Scorsese's forgotten masterpiece
23 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

From Jerry Lewis's subtle, deeply personal performance, to Robert DeNiro's amazing interpretation of a neurotic nerbish whose fantasy world collides with reality on late night talk TV, "The King of Comedy" is a true original that guts the glamour from showbiz and finds it cold and empty inside. Then there's the media, always ready to create another celebrity, even if he's an autograph hound and hack comic turned kidnapper who believes he's earned a shot in the spotlight. Cynical and melancholy, at times hilarious, it bombed when first released, but has been surprising video treasure hunters ever since.


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