Enough With The Homage Character Names
Last night I read a script (a major script, with agents and everything) that wasn't a really a comedy; it was more of an offbeat drama/fantasy/thriller.
Yet one of the main characters was named Rupert Pupkin. For no reason at all.
The character has nothing to do with the character Robert DeNiro played in "The King of Comedy". The reference adds nothing to the script; none of the characters remark on it; the character's mother doesn't mention naming him after anyone.
Things like this are just a pointless distraction. They don't make your script better; the joke was even getting old by the time that "Office Space" had a character named Michael Bolton. And at least that film tried to make it a joke by having other characters riff on it.
They just remind the reader that they are reading a script.
At first, I thought it was just an awkward attempt by the writers of this script to put in a little... in-joke, I guess, though it's not funny.
Ultimately, it's likely more of an awkward Scorcese (or DeNiro) fetish on the part of the writers.
How do I know?
Later in the script, there's a minor character named Rabbi Travis Bickle.
I can't make this stuff up.