Documentary Tuesday: “Comedian”

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Some of the best documentaries are the ones that take the viewer behind the scenes.

After his show ended its historic run, Jerry Seinfeld decided to go back out on the road and, instead of doing the material that he’d been honing for fifteen years, he was going to start all over again. Comedian is the record of that entire process, from writing to performing (and forgetting) jokes to hanging up with other comedians after shows.

Seinfeld’s fame and riches mean nothing once he gets up on stage. It’s just he and the audience. It’s a fascinating look at the craft of stand-up. (It has Spanish subtitles, but it’s the best version of the film on YouTube.)

You can find all of the other Documentary Tuesday entries right here.


Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, and many more.Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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