The King of Comedy script
Synopsis: The King of Comedy is a 1983 American satirical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard. Written by Paul D. Zimmerman, the film focuses on themes including celebrity worship and American media culture. 20th Century Fox released the film on February 18, 1983, in the United States, though the film was released two months earlier in Iceland. The film began shooting in New York on June 1, 1981, to avoid clashing with a forthcoming writers' strike, and opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1983.


(to LANGFORD who

barely listens)

How the hell did that girl get in

there? Jesus, they certainly

don't give you very good protection,

do they?

LANGFORD says nothing, glancing nervously at PUPKIN.


Look at you here. Who the hell

is watching you? Any one of

these freaks could just walk

right up to you and do whatever

he wants.

A couple YOUNG GIRLS are pressing against LANGFORD.


Oh, Jerry. How can we get to

talk to you?


Just a minute. This is crazy.

PUPKIN straightens up for action.


(yelling at the crowd)

Okay! Stand back!

PUPKIN wades through the crowd towards the limousine,

pushing SIDNEY and MAE among others out of the way.

LANGFORD follows in the path PUPKIN is clearing.


Didn't you hear me?!? Come on,

people, have a heart.

The PAGES have succeeded in pulling the GIRL out of the

far door of the limo just as PUPKIN and LANGFORD arrive

at the near door. The CHAUFFEUR has been blocked by the

crowd from opening the door so PUPKIN opens it.


Stand back! (To LANGFORD) Go ahead,


LANGFORD slips in quickly. He looks up at PUPKIN who is

holding the door, smiling pleasantly.


Thanks. Thanks very much.

PUPKIN stares at LANGFORD for a moment and then slides

into the limo next to him, closing the door behind him.

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Paul D. Zimmerman

Paul D. Zimmerman (3 July 1938 - 2 March 1993 in Princeton, New Jersey) was a screenwriter, film critic and activist. He was a film critic for Newsweek magazine from 1967 to 1975, and also wrote for television shows including Sesame Street but is probably best known for writing The King of Comedy (1983), directed by Martin Scorsese. He was also the co-writer of Lovers and Liars (1979) and Consuming Passions (1988) Zimmerman was the author of many other screenplays, mostly unproduced, as well as the books The Open Man, The Year the Mets Lost Last Place and The Marx Brothers at the Movies (1968). Active in the Nuclear Freeze movement, he managed to become a member of the Pennsylvania delegation to the Republican Party convention in 1984 in order to be the only person to vote against Ronald Reagan. Zimmerman died of colon cancer months after similarly voting against incumbent President Bush. more…

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