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  • Actors: Sarah Silverman, Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, Kathy Griffin, Jim Gaffigan
  • Directors: Jordan Brady
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MONTEREY VIDEO - Video Service Corp VSC
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V6L978
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Through unprecedented backstage access and candid interviews, the film weaves through the absurd world of the working comedian and reveals a crazy and hilarious psychological profile of its practitioners. We also follow retired comic Ritch Shydner s attempt to climb back on stage after a thirteen-year hiatus. At the top of his game in the 1980's, Shydner had HBO specials, shot five pilot TV shows, and numerous late night appearances (Carson, Letterman, Leno, etc.) but the big time eluded him. Equipped with the collective wisdom and nutty musings of over 80 of his peers, he gives it another shot. Does Ritch have what it takes to connect with today's young crowds and still get the laughs? Guaranteed to make you watch.

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More laughs per minute than most comedies this year. --Ain't It Cool News

The movie is hilarious and I can't say there was a soul in my super-packed screening not enjoying every moment thoroughly. --SLUG Magazine

Customer Reviews

The only laughs he'd get would be when he'd curse.
Steve Kohn
At the end of the film, however, the viewer is left wondering what, exactly, is so appealing about being a comic.
stoic
I like comedy, almost any kind really, light, dark, slapstick, stand up, etc.
N. Kaeller

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Surine on September 30, 2010
Format: DVD
As an up-and-coming standup comedian, I found this movie to be extremely interesting. As great as Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedian" was, this movie really digs deep into the life of a comedian. Clearly, standup is not for everyone, but those who do it (generally) absolutely love it. The movie talks with such greats as Tim Allen, Tom Arnold, Roseanne, Sarah Silverman, Bobcat, Jeff Foxworthy, and more. They share how they got started, hecklers, and those horrible gigs that every comedian dreads. If you're thinking of a life of standup, you may first want to look at this film. However, even if you just like standup and can appreciate what they do, you'll also enjoy this movie.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Kaeller on July 16, 2010
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I like comedy, almost any kind really, light, dark, slapstick, stand up, etc. The life of a stand up comic would be great, right? Hanging around fun people, full of laughs and more, for sure...after viewing this interesting and humorous `insiders' look at the world of stand up, it's clear that it takes a certain kind of person to succeed, no matter how talented that person may be. If you love to laugh, and ever wondered what it might be like to be a stand up comic, you'll enjoy this one immensely. I enjoyed the sheer number of the very talented funny people here who candidly and humorously conveyed what it's like to be in their `shoes'; some were new to me and some were not, Tommy Davidson has a unique approach, he's a riot, as is Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman, Tim Allen, Margaret Cho...so many faces, all hilarious in their own ways...see this movie and then go out and support your local comics!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TreatW on August 7, 2010
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This is a heartwarming hilarious film that covers aspects many comedy films don't; the genesis of famous bits from comics like Sara Silverman, the road, sitcom, comeyd burnout. But my favorite part was Ritch Shydner who went from narrator to trying a comeback after 12 years. I loved how revealing he was, how he needed drugs when he was a comic to keep the high going, and his need for anti-depressants when he quit. This is a great sleeper. Will be a cult film about the comedy world for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By friskevision on April 20, 2014
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I've been a comic for almost 5 years. When anyone asks me for any advice, I say watch "I Am Comic." If you still want to be a comic after this, then you might have a chance. It's a tough tough gig, and this doc doesn't sugar coat it. It's straightforward, it gives you information you might not know, and it's funny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Turner on July 8, 2014
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Definitely liked this documentary. Seemed a bit depressing in the beginning as we see the apparently goal lacking comics and the downside of life on the road. But, that changes when Ritch Shnyder comes out of retirement and gets back to it. Pretty hopeful and exciting to watch.
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Another reviewer, Jessup, wrote a fine review I recommend to you. It reassured me to know someone else thought Carlos Mencia was obnoxious. Nick Kroll, too, but Mencia was off the charts.

As I write this, I'm looking at two DVDs in the fine "Thou Shalt Laugh" series, full of comedians I could watch with my granddaughters. None of the comics -- some superb -- seem to have been interviewed in I Am Comic. I'm not going to wonder if there's a logical reason, just to muse that if the director's or producer's address book were different, "I Am Comic" would have been as well.

The DVD's bonus features had two interviews that should have been in the movie. Maybe they were too long, but they were insightful into the life of a professional comic. One was about stand up comedy on a cruise ship, the other about a prom gig gone terribly wrong.

I have a lot of respect for good comics, and "I Am Comic" included a lot of good/great ones. But, for my money, it also included one-too-many self-centered, insecure fools who took precious time from those with something important to tell us.

In the end I felt I understood a little better those who do stand up but wished a lot more time was spent with some of them, a lot less time with others. This film isn't the final word on the subject.

One last thought: In general, I think comics who use profanity in their work are lazy, using profanity instead of developing material and presentation. Bill Cosby continues to do great stand up (ha, actually, sit down) and our mothers can enjoy his show sitting right beside us. The only comedian -- and that's the wrong word for this First Amendment pioneer -- who used profanity with intelligence and purpose was Lenny Bruce.
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This is a gripping DVD, that shows how hard it is to become a comic - and to stay at a high level of performance. It takes the viewer through the whole unglamorous side of getting on stage in tiny clubs and developing an act into the polished product we see on TV. Very true to life.
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