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.
Patton Oswalt, despite a personal tragedy, produces his best standup yet. Focusing on the tribulations of the Trump era and life after the loss of a loved one, Oswalt continues his journey to contribute joy to the world.
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
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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 »
[Pointing to that day's paper]
Read this paragraph to me. Right there, now don't touch it.
Oh I'm sorry. "Young standup comedian Orny Adams destroys", is that you?
[Orny shows his ID badge]
Orny Adams, is that your real name? Get out of town. No mom would name their child Orny Adams.
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After the credits end, there's a short scene in which Colin Quinn tells Seinfeld a very old joke. See more »
Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation
Written by Joe Henry (as Joseph L. Henry)
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) on behalf of itself and True North Music & Lemz Music
Performed by Joe Henry
Courtesy of Mammoth Records See more »
While the box promises hilarious comedy, the video it holds delivers a solid documentary about what it takes to be a class act in stand-up comedy, both as an up-and-comer and as someone trying reinvent himself.
Orny Adams is in need of serious mental health help. He consistently goes to pieces and is tortured by his inner demons.
Jerry Seinfeld, on the other hand, shows how someone with a basic sense of self-esteem and a rewarding personal life deals with the nerve-wracking ordeal that is "creating a compelling live show."
The picture documents this process carefully and gives good insights for performers in all genre. It's not a laugh riot, and it's -just- compelling enough to watch the whole way through, but it's not something one needs to see twice.
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