Having already consigned one character name, Travis Bickle, to the national lexicon, director Martin Scorsese, in his mordant and pungent black satire The King of Comedy, adds another -- Rupert Pupkin. Scorsese takes aim at the cult of… More Having already consigned one character name, Travis Bickle, to the national lexicon, director Martin Scorsese, in his mordant and pungent black satire The King of Comedy, adds another -- Rupert Pupkin. Scorsese takes aim at the cult of celebrity and the self-deluded victims of media hype who are willing to sell their souls for a shot at the big time. Or as Rupert Pupkin (Robert DeNiro) puts it, "It's better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime." Rupert is in his mid-thirties, still living at home with his mother, and has manufactured a fantasy world for himself where he imagines he's a great comic, host of his own television talk show. and friendly with such celebrities as Liza Minnelli and talk show king Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Rupert gets the chance to turn his fantasies into reality when he helps Langford escape from rabid autograph hounds after a taping of his talk show. Rupert dreams of appearing on Jerry's show and Jerry, in an effort to blow him off, agrees to listen to an audiotape of his stand-up routine. But when Rupert comes to Langford's office, he is ignored by his staff and thrown out by security. Still convinced that Jerry is his pal, Rupert travels to Jerry's upstate home with his girlfriend Rita (Diahnne Abbott) in tow, ostensibly to spend the weekend and work on comedy material. When Jerry is summoned by his Chinese houseboy and sees Rupert standing in front of him, he orders him out of his home. Rupert tells him he's making a mistake; Jerry replies, "So did Hitler." Rupert realizes that he has to resort to harsher measures in order to get a spot on his show. So with the help of Marsha (Sandra Bernhard), a wealthy and obsessive Langford fan, Rupert plans to kidnap Jerry, with the condition of his release being Rupert must be allowed to appear on his television show to do his act.