BN.com Gift Guide

Comedian

( 5 )

Overview

The world of stand-up comedy is explored from the perspectives of two very different talents -- one wet behind the years, another already a legend -- in this documentary from TV-commercial director Christian Charles. Comedian follows Jerry Seinfeld and Orny Adams as they navigate their way through the cutthroat world of New York's comedy clubs, each working toward the ultimate goal of an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. For Seinfeld, hitting the clubs is a way of proving himself after his years of ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (1) from $133.79   
  • Used (1) from $133.79   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$133.79
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(2390)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Like New
096009779597 This item is like new. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business!

Ships from: ACWORTH, GA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Marketplace
BN.com

All Available Formats & Editions

Overview

The world of stand-up comedy is explored from the perspectives of two very different talents -- one wet behind the years, another already a legend -- in this documentary from TV-commercial director Christian Charles. Comedian follows Jerry Seinfeld and Orny Adams as they navigate their way through the cutthroat world of New York's comedy clubs, each working toward the ultimate goal of an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. For Seinfeld, hitting the clubs is a way of proving himself after his years of sitcom success; for the up-and-coming Adams, nightly stand-up routines are an avenue to bigger and better things, preferably comedy festivals, talk show appearances, and sitcom roles. The two occasionally cross paths at such Manhattan comic haunts as The Gotham Comedy Club and Caroline's, where they debate ups and downs of the trade. Comedian also reveals many candid, behind-the-scenes discussions between Seinfeld and such comic legends as Chris Rock, Robert Klein, Dave Chappelle, and Jay Leno, as well as rare glimpses of the star's personal life.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Although Comedian may be billed as a documentary charting Jerry Seinfeld's return to standup comedy, that's only half of the story. Or rather, it's only 60 percent of the story, as the other fraction of the film is devoted to the burgeoning career of Orny Adams, a brash young comedian with whom Seinfeld occasionally crosses paths. This sort of compare/contrast approach mostly works, even if it mostly serves to prove how much classier and more accomplished Seinfeld is than the whiny, arrogant, and thoroughly irritating Adams. Even Seinfeld's most ardent followers may be surprised by his dogged work ethic: In one sequence, he goes to the Museum of Television and Radio to watch archived footage of Richard Pryor and George Carlin. In fact, the "comedy is hard work" thesis is applied so strenuously to all the performers in Comedian that it begins to grate against the film; in particular, the screen time devoted to Adams and his tired shtick suggests that the world of standup has more to do with tenacity and stick-to-it-iveness than actual talent. But when it focuses on Seinfeld -- and his fascinating conversations with Chris Rock, Robert Klein, Garry Shandling, Bill Cosby, and others -- Comedian proves that it takes a great mind as well as great effort to become a legend.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
An indispensable peek at the art and the agony of making people laugh.
Hollywood Reporter
A remarkably insightful look at the backstage angst of the stand-up comic.

A remarkably insightful look at the backstage angst of the stand-up comic.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • UPC: 096009779597
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:22:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Set Up [2:31]
2. Smelly Gym [5:49]
3. Orny Introduction [6:20]
4. Robert Klein [7:37]
5. I Never Felt Pain [1:55]
6. Meet George Shapiro [4:22]
7. Caroline's [1:49]
8. Orny Meets George [3:12]
9. A Comedian's Age [1:28]
10. Orny in Montreal [7:40]
11. Jerry in Washington [7:10]
12. Letterman & Cosby [2:32]
13. Orny Does Letterman [4:18]
14. Jerry on the Road [:01]
15. Jerry Does Letterman [8:37]
16. Jerry Visits Cosby [7:02]
17. Oakland Paramount [3:29]
18. Credits [1:53]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   DVD Set Up
      Dolby 5.1
      Stereo
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles Off
   Chapter Select
   Special Features
      Commentaries
         Director Christian Charles & Producer Gary Streiner
         Jerry Seinfeld & Colin Quinn
         Commentary Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Fresh Air Fund
         Porsche Meet
         Struggling With DNA
         Volkswagen Trip
         Orny Leaves For LA
      Advertising
         Movie & Trailer
         Radio & TV Commercials
            "Cereal" TV Commercial
            "Office" TV Commercial
            "Shower" TV Commercial
            "In A World" Radio Commercial
         One Sheet
         Wild Posters
         Action Figures
      Jiminy Glick Interviews
         Glick Interviews Jerry
         Glick Interviews Orny
      Letterman Appearances
         12.13.00
         Jerry 03.12.01
      Where Is Orny Now?
      The Anatomy of a Joke
         Jerry's Notes
         Orny's Notes
         Colin's Notes
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Comedian

    Having performed Stand-Up Comedy, this movie documentary hit close to my heart. Being on stage is a bit nerve racking at times. This movie shows both emotion and triumph for the performers. It allows the viewer a glimpse of what it takes to be a performer and the nervous energy that surrounds it. We as comedians all want to succeed and bring the crowd to laughter. It's the high that keeps us going.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comedian - A Motivating Movie

    From watching the Comedian starring Jerry Seinfeld, what I took home was it's not easy to be a comedian. Comparing that career to my career, which is a chemist, it seems that a comedian doesn't always have job security. Even if you establish yourself as a comedian, having a bad night telling jokes at a comedy club could seriously lower your profile. This fact is what worries comedians so much. Some comedians have emotional feelings after their performances or throughout their careers. Jay Leno has constant feelings that if he doesn't perform well, he may loose his job and become a lower paid worker. Orny Adams wants to be like Jerry Seinfeld and becomes emotionally angry at selected audiences in the film. Orny Adams is also self-centered in the film, I've noticed he starts his sentences with "I..." a whole lot and after he was listening to advice from a friend of Shapiro, he made fun of him in a bad way. Show business for a comedian is being able to do live performances well, not just talking but figuring out how to make the crowd laugh. Seinfeld felt that in some night clubs, the audience had nothing to laugh about. I like Seinfeld because he's not a weird comedian. He's a normal person making people laugh. Robin Williams is comparable. Someone like Tom Green or Stephen Colbert, these comedians don't compare. Anyway, Comedian is a good movie to watch. I was motivated because its a movie about how comedians struggle to be good. And you see how hard they work for it. One last thing, Orny Adams will be a very good comedian because he has ambition even though he seems self-centered. He should stop being self-centered when he starts to build more fame.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jerry Get's It!

    Jerry Seinfeld is the ultimate unparalled comediec genius, making the obscure, mundane, events hillarious and comforting. What, if anything, does he see in the neurotic, self-absorbed, fame-obsessed, Orny Adams? His ambition to seek fame is incrediously overzealous, but he does have the big (over-sized head) required or mandatory for being a successful comedien. His cell-phone bit is not only mundane, but it is about five years behind today's technology. This joke was probably hilarious 6-8 years ago when cell phones actually WERE the size of a shoe! Comedy is supposed to be off the cuff, spontaneous--this guy can't get over the way his hands move with every syllable! Jerry makes it look easy-he doesn't give everything away after the show, he may be maniacal in his own rite, but he keeps it to himself! Jerry's sense of humor portrays the ability to laugh even though he over-thinks every situation. He loves to get the laugh, and rightfully deserves it. His humor is the purest form of comedy. Jerry has the gift of highlighting normalcy, bringing just what he needs to the table to get the audience thinking without forcing a reaction, His humor conveys the forefront of real life, honestly funny and entertaining. Egomaniacs to follow this act may go away disappointed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get out!!!!

    I wanted to give this documentary 5 stars, but only one factor kept me from doing so: Orny Adams. Shown in stark contrast to the take-it-as-it-comes attitude of Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Colin Quinn, et al, Orny is presented as a crybaby, I-want-it-all-now type of comedian who admits his own obsession with fame. For the most part, I found myself standing up, finding something to eat, cleaning my room, etc.--anything to avoid watching Orny Adams thrown into such a quintessential gathering of great comedians. Perhaps the goal was to compare the rookie to the experienced, but I would much rather just watch 2-hours' worth of the experienced. Jerry is, as always, wonderful, and his various interchanges with his wife, kids, and other comedians give us a glimpse into this remarkable man's life. The only agonizing part is, as mentioned before, the showcase of Orny Adams. I'm not a huge fan of Colin Quinn, but I would much rather sit through his discussions with Jerry than watch another second of Mr. Adams. In the DVD, there is a section entitled ''Where is Orny now?'' After watching ''Comedian,'' you may answer that question the same way I did: ''Who cares?''

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews