'The King of Comedy' team at Tribeca on Saturday (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)If you’re a fan of Robert De Niro, this year's Tribeca Film Festival (which he co-founded) provided for several unexpectedly excellent De Niro moments -- like this photo of the Oscar-winner holding Internet sensation sensation Lil Bub.
But if you're a fan of 87-year-old king of comedy Jerry Lewis -- who rarely makes public appearances these days -- you're in for an even bigger treat. The festival's closing night screening celebrated the 30th anniversary of "The King of Comedy," which was restored for the occasion by Martin Scorsese and longtime editor Thelma Shoonmaker. The Saturday night screening was followed by a discussion about the film with De Niro, his co-star, legendary comedian Lewis, as well as director Scorsese.
Lewis had the room rolling with laughter.
After Lewis arrived on stage and hugged De Niro and Scorsese, he launched straight into a dirty joke about someone he had just met on the New York Subway. At one point Lewis, who appeared as quick witted as ever, wore a clown's nose that had Scorsese in stitches. "No, you called me up," he said, correcting Scorsese and De Niro over how he got involved with the film.
"I haven't seen 'The King of Comedy,' I don't think, for at least 25 years," De Niro told the audience. "I'm very curious to see it," he said, adding that if he wasn’t too embarrassed he would stick around for the discussion.
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