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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 overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Self
Greg Giraldo ... Self (as Greg Geraldo)
Sherrod Small Sherrod Small ... Self
Jim Norton ... Self
Allan Havey ... Self
Colin Quinn ... Self
Cynthia Koury Cynthia Koury ... Self
Orny Adams ... Self
George Wallace ... Self
Robert Klein ... Self
T. Sean Shannon ... Self (as T Sean Shannon)
Gary Greenberg Gary Greenberg ... Self
Shawn Seymour Shawn Seymour ... Self
Richard Spector Richard Spector ... Self
Michael Britt Michael Britt ... Self
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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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See a man who had everything, who did a show about nothing, try to come up with something. See more »


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Edited down from over 600 hours of footage. See more »

Quotes

Orny Adams: See, I'm not a 100% confident about this stuff and that's what kills me. If you're not 100% behind this you can't sell it.
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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

References Baretta (1975) See more »

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Counts, Dukes & Strays
Written by Adam Dorn (as Adam Dornblum)
Published by Slugwell Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Adam Dorn
Courtesy of Palm
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Interesting to performers
8 September 2008 | by irish23See all my reviews

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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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

Gross USA:

$2,751,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,751,988
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1.33 : 1
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