Comedian is a 2002 documentary focusing on Jerry Seinfeld that explores the other side of stand-up comedy; that is, the preparation, politics, nerves, creativity, and so on. The film also features an up-and-coming comic named Orny Adams as he struggles to make it in show business. Many other recognizable humorists also make at least a cameo, including Colin Quinn, Greg Giraldo, Jim Norton, Ray Romano, Godfrey, Chris Rock, George Wallace, Mario Joyner, Jay Leno, Tom Papa, and Bill Cosby.
The film's unusual trailer featured famous voice-over artist Hal Douglas speaking in a recording booth.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on October 11, 2002 and grossed about $2.8 million domestically. The documentary is rated R for language.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 76% based on reviews from 88 critics.
Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars. Owen Glieberman of EW gave the film a B grade.