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 <shannon@mun.ca>

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There are no second acts in American lives. There are, however, a few hecklers. See more »


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Anatomy of a Joke  »

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$60,224 (USA) (13 October 2002)

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$2,744,253 (USA) (22 December 2002)
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Orny Adams: What a cocksucker. He's such a cock, he doesn't know the F-he's talking about.
George Shapiro: Why?
Orny Adams: I'm going to sit there and let that guy talk to me like that?
George Shapiro: Wasn't, he didn't say anything bad, he just told you to relax. That's what I've been telling you. Just relax. Enjoy what's been happening.
Orny Adams: I'm going to start doing to what George does just sit there and smile.
George Shapiro: There's nothing he said that I would refute.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Jack of Speed
Written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen
Published by Zeon Music (ASCAP) & Freejunket Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Steely Dan
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Seinfeld's's struggle
26 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched this twice and it seems you have to personally want/need to entertain to appreciate it. The process of performing or a performance is both immensely nerve racking and ultimately very satisfying. Comedian will draw you in to that process as opposed to entertaining you as a viewer with stand-up comedy. The main quest is the pursuit of a lengthy comedy act. Seinfeld's personal struggle is not intensely dramatic or humorous but rather very compelling to you the performer; "how can I validate myself all over again when I don't need the money, what am I here for?" I would recommend this to anyone who wants to do stand-up or sketch comedy or theater, or any other live performance for that matter. If this is you then you will appreciate the process Seinfeld goes through because it is the journey back to his calling, what made Seinfeld matter to you and me.


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