There are plenty of eulogies for Jerry Lewis, who passed away earlier this week, so I won’t duplicate that here. Instead, I'll give a shout-out to a 1982 film that would turn out to be, in the decades that followed, eerily prescient.
I’m speaking of Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, The King of Comedy featuring Jerry Lewis in the straight-man role and Robert De Niro as the cringe-inducing aspiring comedian, Rupert Pupkin, one of his best roles.
Some 35 years after the film's release, a legion of Rupert Pupkins abound in that biosphere of the bizarre known as reality TV and, of course, on the Internet.
We’re in the world that The King of Comedy predicted way back in 1982 before there was such a thing as the Internet and when the term “going viral” typically meant an outbreak of gonorrhoea.
Rest in peace, Jerry Lewis. And thank you for your performance in a film that’s far more relevant in 2017 than when it was when originally released.