The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

  • PG
  • 1983
  • 109 min
  • USA
  • comedy, drama

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Screenwriter: Paul D. Zimmerman

Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott

Largely misunderstood upon its release, The King of Comedy today looks eerily prescient, and features a fine performance by Robert DeNiro as a strangely sympathetic psychopath.


  • Martin Scorsese
    Martin Scorsese

    American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese made the short films while he attended New York University's film school; these include "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?" (1963), "It's Not Just You, Murray!" (1964), and his most famous short of the period "The Big Shave" (1967)....

Main Cast


Producer: Arnon Milchan

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Casting: Cis Corman

Director Of Photography: Fred Schuler

Original Music Composer: Robbie Robertson

Costume Design: Richard Bruno

Executive Producer: Robert Greenhut

Associate Producer: Robert F. Colesberry

Production Design: Boris Leven


Tagline: It's No Laughing Matter.

Genres: comedy, drama

Certificate: PG

Categories: show business, celebrity, stand-up comedian, price of fame, fame, stalker, narcissism, television, blackmail


Year: 1983

Runtime: 109 min

Country: USA

Language: English

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: Mono

Also Known As

  • Re per una notte (IT)
  • La valse des pantins (FR)