Comedian (2002)

R  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  1 November 2002 (USA)
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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.


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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 <>

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You'll laugh, you'll cry. And it'll be because you missed the point completely. See more »


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1 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anatomy of a Joke  »

Box Office

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$60,224 (USA) (11 October 2002)


$2,744,253 (USA) (20 December 2002)

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Jay Leno: If I get fired tomorrow, I'm a comic.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits end, there's a short scene in which Colin Quinn tells Seinfeld a very old joke. See more »


Referenced in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »


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Written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker
Published by Universal-MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP), a Division of Universal Studios, Inc.
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Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Blood, sweat and jokes.
8 December 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This documentary is for someone who thinks stand up comedy is easy. No one has an idea what goes on behind the scenes, even the great Jerry Seinfeld, who after a hit TV series decides he wants to go back to the places that gave him his break.

We can feel the pain of newcomers such as Orny Adams who is trying to begin a career as a comedian. His presence in the film makes one understand the frustrations these actors go through on a nightly basis wherever they face a public that wants to be entertained with non stop jokes. It is very hard indeed to be able to do it every time.

The documentary is very fast in the sure hands of Christian Charles who obviously has an eye for capturing the comedians at their most vulnerable points.

We get to see a shaky Seinfeld trying new material. Sometimes he is good, but sometimes he really stink. He has been away from the scene for such a long time that it takes him a while to find his feet. His scenes with Bill Cosby, the great Robert Klein and others are the best things going with the film.

People in general will have a second view after seeing this movie about the funny men in comedy clubs.

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