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Comedian -- 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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1 November 2002 (USA) See more »
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See a man who had everything, who did a show about nothing, try to come up with something. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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Interesting backstage glimpse at a comic's life See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Jerry Seinfeld ... Himself

Greg Giraldo ... Himself (as Greg Geraldo)
Sherrod Small ... Himself

Jim Norton ... Himself

Allan Havey ... Himself

Colin Quinn ... Himself
Cynthia Koury ... Herself

Orny Adams ... Himself

George Wallace ... Himself

Robert Klein ... Himself

T. Sean Shannon ... Himself (as T Sean Shannon)
Gary Greenberg ... Himself
Shawn Seymour ... Himself
Richard Spector ... Himself
Michael Britt ... Himself
Craig Figueiredo ... Himself
Nicole Severine ... Herself
Nicole Beatty ... Herself

Tom Papa ... Himself
Mario Joyner ... Himself

Ray Romano ... Himself
William Stephenson ... Himself
Ángel Salazar ... Himself (as Angel Salazar)

Godfrey ... Himself (as Godfrey Danchimah)

Dom Irrera ... Himself

Gary Valentine ... Himself

Chris Rock ... Himself
Brad Perry ... Himself

Garry Shandling ... Himself

Kevin Nealon ... Himself

Jay Leno ... Himself
Jimmy Brogan ... Himself

Bill Cosby ... Himself
Mustafa Abuelhija ... Himself
Manny Dworman ... Himself
Estee Adoram ... Herself
Anat Barnes ... Herself

George Shapiro ... Himself
Rory Rosegarten ... Himself
Diane Barnett ... Herself

Christopher Misiano ... Himself (as Chris Misiano)
Chris Mazzilli ... Himself

Jessica Seinfeld ... Herself
Michie Mee ... Herself
Richard Miller ... Himself
Terry Dimonte ... Himself

Brett Walkow ... Himself

Barry Katz ... Himself
John Johnson ... Himself
Tom Pecora ... Himself

Paul Schorsch ... Himself
Henry Benavides ... Himself
Mark Magnusson ... Himself
Daniel McKenna ... Himself
Michael Nelson ... Himself
Mike Lacey ... Himself
Elizabeth Clark ... Herself
Kevin Dochtermann ... Himself

Directed by
Christian Charles 
 
Produced by
Amy R. Baird .... associate producer (as Amy Baird)
Jerry Seinfeld .... executive producer
Gary Streiner .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Christian Charles 
Mark Plumber (oakland paramount shoot)
Gary Streiner 
 
Film Editing by
Chris Franklin 
 
Production Management
Christy Lindgren .... production manager (oakland paramount shoot)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Destephano .... first assistant director (oakland paramount shoot)
 
Sound Department
Michael Emery .... sound (as Michael Emory)
Valerie Lasser .... supervising sound editor (as Valerie Junge)
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tchell Depay .... loader (oakland paramount shoot)
Rick Fitcher .... camera operator (oakland paramount shoot)
Greg Genco .... second assistant camera (oakland paramount shoot)
Mauricio Gutierrez .... first assistant camera (oakland paramount shoot)
Audrey Kem .... second assistant camera (oakland paramount shoot)
Peter Lee .... second assistant camera (oakland paramount shoot)
Ted Macklin .... vtr (oakland paramount shoot)
Vance Piper .... camera operator (oakland paramount shoot)
Pat Reilly .... first assistant camera (oakland paramount shoot)
Josh Rich .... key grip (oakland paramount shoot)
Rebecca Sitti .... loader (oakland paramount shoot) (as Rebecca Sitty)
Kara Stephens .... first assistant camera (oakland paramount shoot)
Jim Young .... gaffer (oakland paramount shoot)
 
Editorial Department
Jenn Chambers .... assistant editor
Patrick Lindenmaier .... colorist
Jen Style .... senior assistant editor (as Jen Morelli Style)
Miky Wolf .... assistant editor
Bill Stephan .... video to film transfer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Chris Franklin .... music supervisor
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances (as Christopher Parker)
Christopher S. Parker .... music coordinator (as Christopher Parker)
 
Other crew
Terran Benveniste .... production assistant
Jason Kedgley .... titles
Josh Liebherz .... production assistant (oakland paramount shoot)
David Loya .... production assistant (oakland paramount shoot)
Bethanne Monetti .... transcriber
Micah Stepanian .... production assistant (oakland paramount shoot)
Aaron Streiner .... production assistant (oakland paramount shoot)
Omri Green .... delivery supervisor (uncredited)
Yori Tondrowski .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Pierre Yves Angeres .... thanks
Ava Harel .... thanks (as Ava Har'el)
 

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82 min
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Robert Klein:My parents retired to South Florida. They're gone now, but I'll tell you the truth, I have a beef with South Florida. I'll tell you, I don't know what it is. I'm sick about it, bitter. I sent two healthy 65-year old parents to South Florida. 30 years later - dead! I mean what is it, the water, the air - it's a death camp!See more »
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References Ryder P.I. (1986)See more »
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Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful NationSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Interesting backstage glimpse at a comic's life, 3 November 2002
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

The documentary `Comedian' provides a nuts-and-bolts, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of the stand-up comic. While it features a sea of familiar faces - Ray Romano, Gary Shandling, Chris Rock, Jay Leno, Bill Cosby - making what turn out to be little more than cameo appearances, the film focuses almost exclusively on two figures from the comedy nightclub scene: one well known, Jerry Seinfeld, and the other an up-and-coming, potential new star named Orny Adams. `Comedian' derives much of its meaning from the ironic juxtaposition of these two men. Seinfeld is a man who has managed to achieve what, for any comedian, would be the pinnacle of success – fame, fortune and international celebrity status - yet he still finds himself riddled with personal doubts and feelings of inadequacy every time he gets up to perform on stage. Adams, who has yet to get that `big break,' somehow comes across as much more cocky, arrogant and self-assured than Seinfeld – although Adams, too, confesses that he may indeed be a harsher critic of his own performance than are the members of his audience.

`Comedian' was originally shot on video and transferred to 35 MM film, a fact that accounts for the dark, blurry, grainy quality of the picture. Most of the film's time is spent backstage with the comics as they air their views on their chosen profession, their colleagues, their personal idols, their various demons, their need to perform, their drive for perfection and their harsh, overly critical evaluation of their own skills and talents that often lead them into bouts of serious depression (Adams seems particularly prone to such reactions). These scenes are interspersed with brief snippets of some of their stand-up routines, which, surprisingly, seem rather devoid of laughs (Seinfeld has always struck me as more funny on his TV series than he ever has been on stage). One also notices that the world of the stand-up comedian in this film is strictly an Old Boys Club. Perhaps, we will one day be treated to a sequel entitled `Comedienne' to give the distaff side of the profession its due.

`Comedian' is a very short film – it runs a mere 81 minutes – and, as a result, it feels a little superficial at times and even truncated at the end. We would like to see a bit more of the lives of these two men – Adams, in particular, seems to disappear from the film a bit prematurely – but it is a must-see for anyone interested in this unusual branch of the entertainment field. The film will make you view stand-up comedy in a whole new light.

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