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The King of Comedy (film) Quotes

The King of Comedy (film) is a TV program that first aired in 1970 . The King of Comedy ended in 1970.

It features Arnon Milchan as producer, and Fred Schuler as head of cinematography.

The King of Comedy (film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The King of Comedy (film) is 109 minutes long. The King of Comedy (film) is distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The cast includes: Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin, Jerry Lewis as Jerry Langford, and Sandra Bernhard as Masha.

The King of Comedy (film) Quotes

Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin

  • (Robert De Niro) "I know, Jerry, that you are as human as the rest of us, if not more so."
  • (Robert De Niro) "The more scribbled the name, the bigger the fame."
  • (Robert De Niro) "I'm gonna work 50 times harder, and I'm gonna be 50 times more famous than you."
  • (Jerry Lewis) "Then you're gonna have idiots like you plaguing your life."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Let me introduce myself. My name is Rupert Pupkin. I was born in Clifton, New Jersey -- which was not at that time a federal offense. Is there anyone here from Clifton? Oh, good. We can all relax now. I'd like to begin by saying -- my parents were too poor to afford me a childhood. But the fact is that -- no one is allowed to be too poor in Clifton. Once you fall below a certain level -- they exile you to Passaic. My parents did put the first two down payments on my childhood. Don't get me wrong, but they did also return me to the hospital as defective. But, like everyone else I grew up in large part thanks to my mother. If she were only here today -- I'd say, "Hey, ma, what are you doing here? You've been dead for nine years." But seriously, you should've seen my mother. She was wonderful. Blonde, beautiful, intelligent, alcoholic. We used to drink milk together after school. Mine was homogenized. Hers was loaded. Once they picked her up for speeding. They clocked her doing 55. All right, but in our garage? And when they tested her -- they found out that her alcohol had 2% blood. Ah, but we used to joke together, mom and me -- until the tears would stroll down her face -- and she would throw up. Yeah, and who would clean it up? Not dad. He was too busy down at O'Grady's -- throwing up on his own. Yeah. In fact, until I was 13 I thought throwing up was a sign of maturity. While the other kids were off in the woods sneaking cigarettes -- I was hiding behind the house with my fingers down my throat. The only problem was I never got anywhere -- until one day my father caught me. Just as he was giving me a final kick in the stomach for luck -- I managed to heave all over his new shoes. "That's it", I thought. "I've made it. I'm finally a man." But as it turned out, I was wrong. That was the only attention my father ever gave me. Yeah, he was usually too busy out in the park playing ball with my sister Rose. But today, I must say thanks to those many hours of practice my sister Rose has grown into a fine man. Me, I wasn't especially interested in athletics. The only exercise I ever got was when the other kids picked on me. Yeah, they used to beat me up once a week -- usually Tuesday. And after a while the school worked it into the curriculum. And if you knocked me out, you got extra credit. There was this one kid, poor kid -- he was afraid of me. I used to tell him -- "Hit me, hit me. What's the matter with you? Don't you want to graduate?" Hey, I was the youngest kid in the history of the school to graduate in traction. But, you know, my only real interest right from the beginning, was show business. Even as a young man, I began at the very top collecting autographs. Now, a lot of you are probably wondering -- why Jerry isn't with us tonight. Well, I'll tell you. The fact is he's tied up. I'm the one who tied him. Well, I know you think I'm joking -- but, believe me, that's the only way -- I could break into show business -- by hijacking Jerry Langford. Right now, Jerry is strapped to a chair -- somewhere in the middle of the city. Go ahead, laugh. Thank you. I appreciate it. But the fact is, I'm here. Now, tomorrow you'll know I wasn't kidding -- and you'll think I was crazy. But, look, I figure it this way. Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime. Thank you. Thank you."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Well I'm sorry. I made a mistake."
  • (Jerry Lewis) "So did Hitler."
  • (Robert De Niro) "Why not me? Why not? A guy can get anything he wants as long as he pays the price. What's wrong with that? Stranger things have happened."

Jerry Lewis as Jerry Langford

  • (Jerry Lewis) "Alright, look pal, I gotta tell you -- this is a crazy business, but it's not unlike any other business. There are ground rules, and you don't just walk on to a network show without experience. Now I know it's an old, hackneyed expression, but it happens to be the truth. You've got to start at the bottom."
  • (Robert De Niro) "I know. That's where I am, at the bottom."
  • (Jerry Lewis) "Well, that's the perfect place to start."
  • (Robert De Niro) "I know that, but I'm not say -- there's gotta be --"
  • (Jerry Lewis) "It looks so simple to the viewer at home, those things that come so easily, that are so relaxed, and looks like it's a matter of just taking another breath. It takes years and years and years of honing that."
  • (Jerry Lewis) "I'm sure you can understand. Doing the kind of show I'm doing, it's mind-boggling. There's so much stuff that comes down -- you can't keep your head clear. And if that's the case, I'm wrong. You're right. I'm wrong. If I'm wrong, I apologize. I'm just a human being -- with all of the foibles and all of the traps -- the show, the pressure -- the groupies, the autograph hounds -- the crew, the incompetence -- those behind-the-scenes you think are your friends. You're not sure if you'll be there tomorrow -- because of their incompetence. There are wonderful pressures that make every day -- a glowing, radiant day in your life. It's terrific. OK, if all of that means nothing -- if I'm wrong,in spite of all that -- then I apologize. I'm sorry. If you accept my apology -- I think we should shake hands. We'll forget the whole thing. I won't press charges. You could be in deep trouble -- but I will not press charges."

Sandra Bernhard as Masha

  • (Sandra Bernhard) "Do you wanna be waiting here till next Shavuos?"

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