MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,308 this week

Comedian (2002)

R  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  1 November 2002 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 4,916 users   Metascore: 62/100
Reviews: 59 user | 47 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 24 Dec 2010
 
a list of 45 titles
created 17 Oct 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 29 Jan 2014
 
a list of 29 titles
created 02 May 2014
 
a list of 24 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Comedian" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Comedian (2002)

Comedian (2002) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Comedian.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Jerry Seinfeld is joined by friends for a cup of coffee and a drive in a classic car, sharing stories all along the way.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Michael Richards
The Marriage Ref (TV Series 2010)
Reality-TV | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Couple marriage problems are discussed by a celebrity panel to come to a conclusion.

Stars: Tom Papa, Marv Albert, Natalie Morales
Orny Adams: Takes the Third (TV Movie 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

ORNY ADAMS TAKES THE THIRD is a powerful, poignant, seamlessly woven non-stop hour special spotlighting a comedian at the top of his game.

Director: Manny Rodriguez
Stars: Orny Adams
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Mock documentary about Seinfeld writer Larry David featuring contributions from his friends and colleagues. Larry makes a return to stand-up comedy and prepares to film a television special for HBO.

Director: Robert B. Weide
Stars: Jason Alexander, Larry Charles, Carol Leifer
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Live from New York City, Jerry Seinfeld, aided and abetted by a host of friends and fellow comedians, performs his 1998 Emmy-nominated performance on Broadway.

Director: Marty Callner
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Barryte, Grace Bustos
I Am Comic (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Stand-Up Comedians reveal the art & occupational hazards of their craft.

Director: Jordan Brady
Stars: Ahmed Ahmed, Franklyn Ajaye, Tim Allen
Jim Norton: Monster Rain (TV Movie 2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jim Norton performs stand up comedy.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller
Stars: Jim Norton, Anthony Cumia, Gregg Hughes
Seinfeld (1989–1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards
Pros & Cons (1999)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An awkward accountant winds up in jail and accidentally gains a reputation as a tough guy.

Director: Boris Damast
Stars: Derek Basco, Andre Rosey Brown, Bill Lee Brown
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Stand-up concert with sketch inserts

Director: Bruce Gowers
Stars: Bernadette Birkett, Jimmy Brogan, John Carney
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Jerry and George argue whether an overnight visitor Jerry is expecting is coming with romantic intentions.

Director: Art Wolff
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Lee Garlington
The Seinfeld Story (TV Movie 2004)
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The origins of the "Seinfeld" TV series.

Director: Morgan Sackett
Stars: Jason Alexander, Ty Copeman, Larry David
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
...
Himself (as Greg Geraldo)
Sherrod Small ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Cynthia Koury ...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself (as T Sean Shannon)
Gary Greenberg ...
Himself
Shawn Seymour ...
Himself
Richard Spector ...
Himself
Michael Britt ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

If you loved 'Seinfeld', the same guy's in this. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anatomy of a Joke  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: I was huge. Bigger than life. I could be anywhere in the world.
[laughter]
Jerry Seinfeld: [Cut to the airport] Nothing makes sense. I should be at St. Bart's. Nothing makes sense.
Jerry Seinfeld: [Cut back to the stage, in a depressing tone] I'm in a comedy club in Cleveland.
Jerry Seinfeld: [Back to airport] But that's what's working.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Waters of March
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Published by Corcovado Music Corp. (BMI)
Performed by Susanna McCorkle (as Susannah McCorkle)
Courtesy of Concord Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Get confident, stupid
15 October 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This is a fine documentary about what it takes to make it in this business. Comedy is a very difficult business. Think about it. How many movies have you seen lately that inspire real laughter that don't involve seamen or feces. You wouldn't believe it, but here is a guy that is surely going to be a billionaire by the time he retires and he is nervous as hell backstage. You would think that a guy like Seinfeld would just be able to get up there and do a 10 minute act like nothing. After all he is a genius, isn't he??? But no. He is constantly refining his material, getting heckled and trying jokes that get little laughs. Who would have thought?

The documentary features another comedian that is up and coming by the name of Orny Adams. The guy is completely neurotic, paranoid and cannot handle criticism in the least bit. Seinfeld is seen several times with him drinking beer and eating fries. The temptation is to think that Seinfeld sees himself 20 years ago in Adams. More like he sees himself now in Adams, still a nervous wreck. Seinfeld is not treated godlike at all by his peers, but rather, well like a peer.

There is a great scene where Chris Rock describes an act he saw where a man did two 2-hour shows a day without an opening act and without an intermission with constant killer material. The man is Bill Cosby. Robert Klein and George Carlin might have been the forerunners of this industry but Bill Cosby is the god that everyone is amazed by and later Seinfeld gets to meet him and is very quite while Bill is giving advise.

This is a great documentary that shows it is far more difficult than it looks and it has some very funny moments as well.


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
People were walking out coachgns
Comedian Movie moviebuff01
The trailer voice-over-guy larshoff
Soundtrack howiepp
Best Trailer i have ever seen ForeverSmitten
Letterman appearances on DVD funnyguyla
Discuss Comedian (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page