6.9/10
6,133
59 user 41 critic

Comedian (2002)

Trailer
1:29 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Christian Charles
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Live from New York City, Jerry Seinfeld, aided and abetted by a host of friends and fellow comedians, performs his 1998 Emmy-nominated performance on Broadway.

Director: Marty Callner
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Barryte, Grace Bustos
Jerry Before Seinfeld (TV Special 2017)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the comedy club where he began his career to recount his early life.

Director: Michael Bonfiglio
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Brogan, Mark Schiff
Orny Adams: More than Loud (TV Special 2017)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In his new stand-up special, Orny Adams fluctuates between the relevant and the absurd, attacking what's wrong with the world and at times including what's wrong with him.

Director: Scott Moran
Stars: Orny Adams
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Jerry Seinfeld is joined by friends for a cup of coffee and a drive in a classic car, sharing stories all along the way.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Mario Joyner
Chris Rock: Tamborine (TV Special 2018)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Chris Rock takes the stage in Brooklyn for a comedy special filled with searing observations on fatherhood, infidelity and American politics.

Director: Bo Burnham
Stars: Chris Rock
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Stand-up concert with sketch inserts

Director: Bruce Gowers
Stars: Bernadette Birkett, Jimmy Brogan, John Carney
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon (1999).

Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Dave jokes about the sexual assaults dominating the 2017 entertainment news and how and why people allow themselves to be abused.

Director: Stan Lathan
Stars: Dave Chappelle
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Dave Chappelle gives his usual skewed insight into the topics of race, technology, OJ Simpson, and more in a stand up special filmed in Hollywood.

Director: Stan Lathan
Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Comedian Dave Chappelle makes his triumphant return to the screen with a pair of blistering, never-before-aired specials from his personal vault.

Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Dave Chappelle gives his stand about racially charged run-ins, celebrity scandals and fatherly dilemmas in his stand-up set at Austin's Moody Theater.

Director: Stan Lathan
Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (TV Special 2017)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Stars: Patton Oswalt
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

At last, a film from Miramax that won't win a damn thing. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatomy of a Joke See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,224, 13 October 2002

Gross USA:

$2,744,253
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

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 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Valentine Day
Written by Paul McCartney
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP)
Performed by Paul McCartney
Courtesy of MPL Communications, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Blood, sweat and jokes.
8 December 2002 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This documentary is for someone who thinks stand up comedy is easy. No one has an idea what goes on behind the scenes, even the great Jerry Seinfeld, who after a hit TV series decides he wants to go back to the places that gave him his break.

We can feel the pain of newcomers such as Orny Adams who is trying to begin a career as a comedian. His presence in the film makes one understand the frustrations these actors go through on a nightly basis wherever they face a public that wants to be entertained with non stop jokes. It is very hard indeed to be able to do it every time.

The documentary is very fast in the sure hands of Christian Charles who obviously has an eye for capturing the comedians at their most vulnerable points.

We get to see a shaky Seinfeld trying new material. Sometimes he is good, but sometimes he really stink. He has been away from the scene for such a long time that it takes him a while to find his feet. His scenes with Bill Cosby, the great Robert Klein and others are the best things going with the film.

People in general will have a second view after seeing this movie about the funny men in comedy clubs.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 59 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed