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Comedian (2002)

Comedian (2002)




Critic Consensus: Comedian is an insightful look at the hard work of creating comedy.

Movie Info

An inside view of the post-Seinfeld life of Jerry Seinfeld. Neither a concert film, nor a biographical documentary, film examines the birth of a comedy act and offers a window into the details of backstage life and the challenge of making people laugh. Seinfeld is revealed in ways no one has seen before: struggling with difficult material; confronting self-doubt; accepting the help of friends and colleagues, simply as another comedian trying to put together an act. On stage, Seinfeld talks about marriage, recalls his time as the country's most eligible bachelor and offers new perspectives on the observations of the every day. But it is off-stage - where he shares the struggle with other comics including Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Gary Shandling and Jay Leno -that a more personal, alternately funny and surprising, portrait emerges.more
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2003
Box Office: $2.7M
Miramax - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Comedian

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (33)

What it does well is place viewers at the heart of the frustration of failure, of the silence during pre-show strolls to get one's mind focused, of the genesis of a promising joke.

Full Review… | November 2, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Um olhar fascinante sobre os bastidores da comédia stand-up.

March 8, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It's both endlessly intriguing and side-splittingly funny.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003

Think sausage. It's gristly, filled with fat, and even if you like standup comedy, you might not want to see it done.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003

Being funny is serious business.

Full Review… | April 13, 2003
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Choppy editing and too many repetitive scenes spoil what could have been an important documentary about stand-up comedy.

Full Review… | April 6, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Comedian


An interesting look to the obsession, tension, hard work and sadness behind the comedy.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A great peek into the world of the Stand up.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


An interesting look at the trials and tribulations of a comic trying to develop a new routine. Obviously Seinfeld gets a lot of slack as there was a whole bunch of bad material that was applauded. If only I had such luck.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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