By Brian Lafferty
December 25, 2013 (San Diego) – Marin Scorsese’s few forays into comedy thus far have been The King of Comedy (1983) and After Hours (1985). Both are delightful dark comedies. The former starred Robert De Niro as a delusional fan and stalker of a TV talk show host (Jerry Lewis). The latter was written by then-Columbia University student Joseph Minion for his thesis. It was a simple, yet uncommonly clever, a word processor’s (Griffin Dunne) crazy night.
Neither film, however, is as pitch black as The Wolf of Wall Street, not only the funniest film of the year, but the best period.