THE KING OF COMEDY
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Robert De Niro, Tony Randall, Sandra Bernhard, Diahnne Abbott, Shelly Hack
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Produced by: Arnon Milchan
Written by: Paul D. Zimmerman
Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: In stores now
Rating: 5 out 5
An autograph hound named Rupert Pumpkin (Robert De Niro) is an aspiring stand-up comedian, who doesn’t have a lot of talent doing it. He meets Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), a comedian and a talk show host. After meeting him, Rupert thinks he may have his big break. He wants a job on his show and none of the staff of Jerry will hire him. Jerry is unstable and has visions of joining the show and being friends with Jerry.
He decides he needs to do something drastic. He enlists the help of Masha (Sandra Bernhard), who’s obsessed with Jerry herself. They decide to kidnap Jerry with her help. As his ransom, he demands to do be able to do Jerry’s show that night. He will release him after he’s allowed to do the show. Everyone agrees and he’s a smash. Once the show is over, things don’t necessarily go his way.
De Niro has never been better than he is here. He play’s a psychopath really well. The movie holds up well after all these years. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it and it may be even better today.
You can pick it up in stores now.