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In a Nutshell:
An overconfident young man reaches for the stars, annoying the hell out of everyone in the process.
It's no laughing matter
'Mom! Puh-leeeeease stop calling me!'
'Better to be a king for a night than a schmuck for a lifetime.'
'The more scribbled the name, the bigger the fame.'
Toting a cheap suit and a porno-stache that could slice a brick, Rupert Pupkin is a man destined for stardom. In his own mind, at least.
Though he pretends to be a schmoozer of the stars, Rupert is particularly fixated on one celebrity: late night king Jerry Langford (played by Jerry Lewis, who added anecdotes from his own life to the character's).
After one awkward chance meeting, Rupert believes he's got an in with show business.
He fantasizes conversations between himself and Langford in his basement, pretending as though they were longtime buddies. Rupert, for some time, is on Cloud Nine.
When he arrives unexpectedly at Langford's home, however, Rupert's hero is less willing to make nice.
Realizing Langford's true nature, Rupert teams up with fellow stalker Masha (Sandra Bernhard) to take the king of comedy hostage.
Their ransom? For Rupert to finally get his big shot on television. Masha wants Jerry all for herself. Talk about an awkward candlelight dinner.
The stage is set. The lights are shining. Will Rupert Pupkin be the next king of comedy? Stay tuned!
Written by: Max Kyburz