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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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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: [Pointing to that day's paper] Read this paragraph to me. Right there, now don't touch it.
Montreal Waitress: Oh I'm sorry. "Young standup comedian Orny Adams destroys", is that you?
Montreal Waitress: [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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Crazy Credits

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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
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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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