Jerry Seinfeld Documentary “Comedian”

Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary “Comedian” is a documentary. So it is not meant to be an non-stop laugh-a-minute comedy. If you want that, you can see reruns of his TV show or his comedy archives on his site

This documentary gives us some insights into what it is like to be a stand-up comic as we watch Jerry go back to doing stand-up after his TV show. We also follow Orny Adams, a young comedian trying to make it in this business.

We get to see the anxiety of the comedians before their set, as well as their self-judging and analysis of their own performance after the set. After watching this movie we can understand that being a stand-up comic is not easy and requires a lot of work. We see Jerry rehearses the sequence of jokes and review his notes before the act.

In the movie, there are short dialogs where Jerry talks to Ray Ramona, Jay Leno, Orny Adams, Bill Cosby, and others. In the special features section of the DVD, you see the whole of Jerry’s and Orny’s acts on the “Tonight Show with David Letterman”. Both acts are very funny. In Jerry’s act, he starts answering the question of what he is doing after his TV show. And he turns it into a very funny joke. But he does give the real answer that he has a baby. And in fact, we do see brief moments of him and his wife and their baby in the movie.