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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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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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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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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

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: I have no idea what the curve is, of when it's gonna... feel like it used to feel.
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Stand-up documentary's a let-down
7 March 2004 | by gotham23See all my reviews

What a disappointment.

The problem here is not that I was expecting something like the show. I understood what this was about going into the theatre. It's not "Seinfeld" the TV show. The whole point of this documentary is that Jerry's hit the club circuit again, and that he's trying out a whole new style of comedy rather than the "Humorous observations about everyday life" that made him famous. The problem is that it's simply not a very good documentary. It's erratic and disjointed. It was marketed as a documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, but instead we're forced to spend half the movie listening to a nobody who fails to capture our attention or sympathy in any way. Towards the end, Jerry drops in on Bill Cosby and we don't really know why. Even worse, the conversation between the two is awkward, rambling, boring, and offers absolutely no new insights into either man.

A documentary should teach you something. When you walk out of the theatre, you should have some new insights into the subject matter. By that standard, this film is a complete failure. In the end, all it really tells us is that being a stand up comedian on the club circuit isn't easy. But is there anybody who didn't already know that?


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