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Director: Martin Scorsese

The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

“Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”

Join us as we toast and honour the late Jerry Lewis with one of his most unusual (but entirely memorable) cinematic turns, as talk show host Jerry Langford in director Martin Scorsese‘s withering, brilliant social satire THE KING OF COMEDY.

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a failure in life but a celebrity in his own mind, hosting an imaginary talk show in his mother’s basement. When he meets actual talk show host Jerry Langford (Lewis), he’s convinced it will provide his big break, but Langford isn’t interested in the would-be comedian. Undaunted, Pupkin effectively stalks Langford — and when that doesn’t work, he kidnaps him, offering his release in exchange for a guest spot on Langford’s show. Also starring Sandra Bernhard.

Martin 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.” (The New Yorker)

“He was a comedy hall-of-famer and groundbreaking filmmaker – Scorsese’s movie proved Jerry Lewis was a screen artist with an astounding range.” (Rolling Stone)

Wednesday, September 6
Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm

Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors OK in the welcome. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

THE KING OF COMEDY (Martin Scorsese, 1982 / PG / 109 mins) 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.

Silence

Silence

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Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

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Raging Bull

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The Last Waltz

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Goodfellas

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The Last Waltz (1978)

The Last Waltz (1978)

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