I Am Comic

Overview

Comedian and filmmaker Jordan Brady offers an inside look at the art and business of stand-up comedy in this documentary. In I Am Comic, more than eighty professional comedians -- ranging from struggling beginners to veterans with over a fifty years of experience -- talk about the nuts and bolts of their work, discussing how they create their material, how an act comes together over time, the rigors of performing and their relationship with their audience. The film also focuses on one particular performer, Ritch ...
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Overview

Comedian and filmmaker Jordan Brady offers an inside look at the art and business of stand-up comedy in this documentary. In I Am Comic, more than eighty professional comedians -- ranging from struggling beginners to veterans with over a fifty years of experience -- talk about the nuts and bolts of their work, discussing how they create their material, how an act comes together over time, the rigors of performing and their relationship with their audience. The film also focuses on one particular performer, Ritch Shydner. During the 1980s, Shydner was a working comedian who seemed poised for a major breakthrough -- he appeared on a number of top talk shows (including Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and David Letterman), he had his own special on HBO, he appeared on several situation comedies as a guest star and starred in several pilots for comedy shows built around him. Despite it all, Shydner never hit the big time, and he eventually quit touring to become a writer for television. After more than a decade away from the stage, Shydner is hoping to make a comeback, and Brady follows him as he tries to connect with a new audience and adjusts to the changing landscape of professional comedy. Featuring interviews with Phyllis Diller, Lewis Black, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Foxworthy, Dave Attell, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carlos Mencia and many more, I Am Comic received its world premiere at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival.
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Special Features

"Prom Gig from Hell" ; (Larry Miller & Todd Glass); "Kathy Loves Touring"; "Portland Green Room"; "True Stories with Jeff and Sarah"; "Various Comics on Different Topics"; "Merch Music Video"; ; Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • UPC: 012233251029
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Monterey Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,105

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ritch Shydner Participant
Sarah Silverman Participant
Tim Allen Participant
Jeff Foxworthy Participant
Kathy Griffin Participant
Jim Gaffigan Participant
Chris Harwick Participant
Louis C.K. Participant
Janeane Garofalo Participant
Andy Kindler Participant
Carrot Top Participant
Nick Kroll Participant
Larry Miller Participant
Lewis Black Participant
Margaret Cho Participant
Technical Credits
Jordan Brady Director
Phyllis Koenig Executive Producer
Preston Lee Executive Producer
Jeanne Lipsey Cinematographer
Joe Maxwell Cinematographer
Robert Mickelson Producer
David Reynolds Score Composer
Karolina Tuovinen Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- I Am Comic
1. I Am Comic [3:01]
2. Anatomy Of A Joke [5:34]
3. Comedy Zen: Part One [:54]
4. A Brief History [4:26]
5. Working The Road [4:39]
6. The Paycheck [3:16]
7. The After Party [2:53]
8. The Heckler [11:09]
9. Alt Comedy [1:11]
10. Taboos [3:40]
11. Comedy Zen: Part Two [3:41]
12. Hell Gigs [7:38]
13. 6 Minutes [5:06]
14. Comedy Zen: Part Three [6:47]
15. The World Wide Internet [1:43]
16. Culture Night [2:50]
17. Comedy Evaluation Pro [14:44]
18. The End [3:20]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- I Am Comic
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Prom Gig From Hell
      Kathy Loves Touring
      Portland Green Room
      True Stories With Jeff and Sarah
      Various Comics On Different Topics
      Merch Music Video
   Other Great DVDs
      Humble Pie
      Stiffs
      How To Be A Serial Killer
      Gamers
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