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I Am Comic

3.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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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

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MONTEREY VIDEO - Video Service Corp VSC
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V6L978
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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Inside the laughter is neurosis, doubt, anger and minds that work so quickly, it's impossible to follow.
Here in this documentary, various generations of top stand-up comics bring you inside the craft -- and the life -- of the ones who make us laugh. They offer not just the mechanics of how jokes work, but in various situations (straight interviews, hanging out, en route to gigs) exhume the life, the process and the reality of what drives comics.
And yes, there are laughs. But also humanity and a sense of the angst that underscores so much of what drives the people telling the jokes.
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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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This is a film about why you probably don’t want to be a stand-up comic. Being on the road. . . blah. . . blah. . . blah. . . .It’s also a reflection of one guy. . . .who was in it many years ago. . . and now all of the sudden he’s thinking about resurrecting his career. . . but. . . . he REALLY stinks at it now. . . but he can’t see that. It’s sad. If you have nothing else to watch. . . then fine. . . .but if you’re looking for some funny stand-up, then you’ll probably want to watch Daniel Tosh or others.
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I love to go see comedians live and watch their specials so this documentary was really interesting and also funny. Makes one wonder how anyone gets the nerve to stand on that stage all alone. I work in the arts in a field where I do my job alone but not in front of people. That would be truly frightening. I do think comedians and anyone who entertains usually has a dark side. I should add that this was exceptionally directed by comedian Kevin Pollack.
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A lot up great comics in this behind the scenes look at a group of artists I truly am endeared to but there are still a lot of great comics missing as well... it's a good mix but it's really far from complete. So if they ever plan on making a sequel there are about 50 other comics that work blue that may be less well known but are every bit as gifted as most (I say most because I don't see Foxworthy as gifted... probably because I'm not a redneck) of the comics in this documentary... need a list? Just ask
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