The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The King of Comedy

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Cinematic legend Robert De Niro gives a humorously surprising turn in The King of Comedy, the original cringe comedy from Director of the Month Martin Scorsese.

Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) dreams of being a stand-up comedian and thinks his big break has come at last when he meets with the famous talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). When numerous attempts to get on Langford’s show fail however, Rupert becomes increasingly desperate and resorts to extreme tactics to get the validation he thinks he deserves.

Bolstered by a talented supporting cast, De Niro creates an unnerving portrait of the effects of loneliness on a deranged mind.


“Scorsese infuses this tale with the passionate energy of New York street life and an outsider’s wonder at the powerful workings of show business and studio craft.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone.” – Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

“It is frustrating to watch, unpleasant to remember, and, in its own way, quite effective.” – Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

The King of Comedy
The King of Comedy.