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


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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: What a cocksucker. He's such a cock, he doesn't know the F-he's talking about.
George Shapiro: Why?
Orny Adams: I'm going to sit there and let that guy talk to me like that?
George Shapiro: Wasn't, he didn't say anything bad, he just told you to relax. That's what I've been telling you. Just relax. Enjoy what's been happening.
Orny Adams: I'm going to start doing to what George does just sit there and smile.
George Shapiro: There's nothing he said that I would refute.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Wanna Wanna
Written by Marvin Pontiac
Published by Lagarto, Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Marvin Pontiac
Courtesy of Strange & Beautiful Music, Inc.
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Seinfeld's's struggle
26 October 2006 | by JamesGriswoldSee all my reviews

I have watched this twice and it seems you have to personally want/need to entertain to appreciate it. The process of performing or a performance is both immensely nerve racking and ultimately very satisfying. Comedian will draw you in to that process as opposed to entertaining you as a viewer with stand-up comedy. The main quest is the pursuit of a lengthy comedy act. Seinfeld's personal struggle is not intensely dramatic or humorous but rather very compelling to you the performer; "how can I validate myself all over again when I don't need the money, what am I here for?" I would recommend this to anyone who wants to do stand-up or sketch comedy or theater, or any other live performance for that matter. If this is you then you will appreciate the process Seinfeld goes through because it is the journey back to his calling, what made Seinfeld matter to you and me.


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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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