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Comedian (2002)

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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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Christian Charles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Himself
Greg Giraldo ... Himself (as Greg Geraldo)
Sherrod Small Sherrod Small ... Himself
Jim Norton ... Himself
Allan Havey ... Himself
Colin Quinn ... Himself
Cynthia Koury Cynthia Koury ... Herself
Orny Adams ... Himself
George Wallace ... Himself
Robert Klein ... Himself
T. Sean Shannon ... Himself (as T Sean Shannon)
Gary Greenberg Gary Greenberg ... Himself
Shawn Seymour Shawn Seymour ... Himself
Richard Spector Richard Spector ... Himself
Michael Britt Michael Britt ... Himself
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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>

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A film about comedy with Jerry Seinfeld See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatomy of a Joke See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,224, 13 October 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,744,253, 22 December 2002
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Interestingly, the funny in-joke teaser trailer for the film has nothing to do with its subject, doesn't feature any scenes or characters from the documentary nor does it ever mention what the movie is even about. It instead follows a trailer narrator called Jack (played by the legendary movie trailer narrator Hal Douglas who along with Don LaFontaine and Nick Tate narrated the trailers for almost every single big Hollywood blockbuster during the 1990's), who's in a recording booth trying to record the opening narration for the trailer for the Comedian, but since the film is not a typical Hollywood blockbuster, Jack is simply unable to find the right non-epic wording that would properly describe such a normal non-blockbuster movie. See more »

Quotes

Orny Adams: 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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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

Les Brers in A Minor
Written by Dickey Betts
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI) on behalf of itself and Forrest Richard Betts Music
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
Courtesy of Polydor Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A fun look at life as a stand-up comic (***)
25 November 2002 | by Ronin47See all my reviews

I was never a big fan of "Seinfeld", though that had more to do with my natural opposition to sitcoms (laugh tracks make me cringe) than with the material in the show itself. So, by extension, I didn't think I was the biggest fan of Jerry Seinfeld himself either, but after seeing "Comedian", an intense and funny documentary about what it takes to make it in that profession, I have a newfound appreciation for him, as well as stand-up comics in general.

Stand-up comedy is one of those professions that a lot of people probably think anybody could get up there and do, but this movie proves otherwise. It's rough work entertaining people, especially in a live setting and when you're up there all by your lonesome.

The movie mainly focuses on Seinfeld as he gradually makes his comeback to the stand-up scene after years of absence, slowly compiling new material and testing it out on audiences. It's a brave format for a comedy film, because it's about HOW an act is perfected, and not just the perfect act itself. That means we're allowed to see what it looks like when jokes fall dead flat, because that is all a learning experience for a comic, no matter how long they've been doing it.

Several other comics, like Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, and George Wallace make brief appearances, and in a nice scene near the end, Seinfeld has a good conversation with one of his idols, a warm and encouraging Bill Cosby.

Also a big plus is the cool, New York atmosphere and the soundtrack, which features songs by artists as diverse as Charles Mingus, Al Green and Bob Dylan.


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