A look at the work of two stand-up comics, Jerry Seinfeld and a lesser-known newcomer, detailing the effort and frustration behind putting together a successful act and career while living a life on the road.
Ed (Edward Hogg) is at a crossroads in his life. In his early thirties, his unrewarding job in a call centre is getting more and more frustrating, while his career as a stand-up is not ... See full summary »
Inspired by Ted L. Nancy's book "Letters from a Nut" the letter-writing prankster reveals his true identity and takes his bizarre inquiries to corporate headquarters, hotels and sports teams a step further.
Barbara Anne Klein
Fresh from the success of his sitcom, comedian Jerry Seinfeld decided to do the unimaginable: he completely retired his stand-up act, electing to start over again by developing entirely new material. "Comedian" follows Seinfeld through this process, as he rehearses in front of small comedy club audiences, meets with fellow comics and finally appears before a national audience. Written by
Shannon Patrick Sullivan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last year I thought I had lupus, has that happened to you yet? I was on the bus and I saw an ad, "Chances are that somebody on the bus has lupus." I look around, I'm the only one on the bus.
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After the credits end, there's a short scene in which Colin Quinn tells Seinfeld a very old joke. See more »
Written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker
Published by Universal-MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP), a Division of Universal Studios, Inc.
Performed by Steely Dan
Courtesy of MCA Records
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While the box promises hilarious comedy, the video it holds delivers a solid documentary about what it takes to be a class act in stand-up comedy, both as an up-and-comer and as someone trying reinvent himself.
Orny Adams is in need of serious mental health help. He consistently goes to pieces and is tortured by his inner demons.
Jerry Seinfeld, on the other hand, shows how someone with a basic sense of self-esteem and a rewarding personal life deals with the nerve-wracking ordeal that is "creating a compelling live show."
The picture documents this process carefully and gives good insights for performers in all genre. It's not a laugh riot, and it's -just- compelling enough to watch the whole way through, but it's not something one needs to see twice.
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