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.
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
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More than 1 year ago
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?''
More than 1 year ago
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.
More than 1 year ago
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.
More than 1 year ago
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.