Comedian (film)

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Jerry Seinfeld walking along a street carrying a microphone stand
Movie poster for
Directed by Christian Charles
Produced by Gary Streiner
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
  • Christian Charles
  • Mark Plumber
  • Gary Streiner
Edited by Chris Franklin
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
  • October 11, 2002 (2002-10-11)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,751,988

Comedian is a 2002 American documentary film focusing on comedian 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 comedians 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.[1]

The film was theatrically released in the United States on October 11, 2002 and grossed about $2.8 million domestically.[2]


Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 76% based on reviews from 88 critics.[3]

Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars.[4] Owen Glieberman of EW gave the film a B grade.[5]


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