New York: New Regency Films, 1981. Final Draft script for the 1982 film.
Perhaps Scorsese's most underrated film, "The King of Comedy" is a brilliant study of celebrity worshipScorsese, Martin (director); Paul D. Zimmerman (screenwriter); Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard (starring) and American media culture by way of an exploratory journey into the mind of Rupert Pupkin, a man totally lacking in self-awareness, driven only by obsession. The titular character is played by Robert De Niro, cast completely against type, in furious pursuit of his idol, Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), along with the genius addition of Sandra Bernhard as De Niro's crazed groupie assistant. Members of the British band, The Clash, briefly appear, including Joe Strummer.
Joyce Millman of Salon called "The King of Comedy" "Martin Scorsese's second least popular movie, after The Last Temptation of Christ. Which is a shame, because it's Scorsese's second greatest film, after Taxi Driver."
Set and shot on location in New York.
Orange titled wrappers, noted as FINAL on the front wrapper, dated July 22, 1981, with a credit for screenwriter Zimmerman. Title page present, identical to the front wrapper. 107 leaves, with the last leaf of text numbered 106. Photographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, side-stitched.