Comedian

I watched Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary, Comedian, the other day thanks to the low, low prices of documentaries at Newbury Comics.  I didn’t know what to expect when I turned on the film.  Sometimes you get documentaries produced by celebrities, and there’s just enough footage of them to warrant a trailer.  However, this film followed Seinfeld as he went to local stand-up clubs to work on a new act.

We follow Jerry as he works on his craft and talks to other comedians about the process.  We also follow a new comic named Orny as he gets a manager, and eventually debuts on David Letterman.  They really show the pain that comedians go through, navigating through their inner turmoil and insecurities.

Orny reminded me a lot of Troy Duffy as he was pretty arrogant, and got pretty upset when audiences didn’t react the way he wanted them to.  We hear him say over and over about how he is so talented, but I think the editors got tired of him too, because they abruptly ended his story after he got on Letterman.

This is a story more about the art and process of making it as a standup comedian, and it was fun to see the juxtaposition of Jerry, a mega celebrity, and Orny, a guy who has a lot to prove.  I think this ties into my doc a lot, because I will be dealing with a lot of people who know a lot about busing, while I’m a fresh face that is trying to figure it all out.

For my thesis project, I really don’t want to insert myself into the film, but I will look back at this doc again if I decide to go that route.  Plus, I’m not as much of an ass as Troy or Orny.  I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggonit, people like me!

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