Oh, and paralleling the ups and downs of the cocky new-comer Orny Adams with Seinfeld’s return to the stage was a stroke of genius. In the end, I didn’t see Orny as an arrogant and self-important prick, but rather a comedian who knows how difficult and cruel a business he’s in, doing and acting in such a way that he survives to reach his goal…of stardom. Like Jerry, he does it because he loves it (the best moment in the film is Jerry offering Orny some advice on just this subject) but he’s also not a millionaire and as such, has to worry about his window of opportunity day by day. My respect for him grew as well, as I saw a man completely honest about himself and his profession.
This was a truly enjoyable movie-watching experience. The documentary film features Jerry talking “shop” with comedians Colin Quinn (comes off as a class act, good friend and a wise man), Chris Rock, Robert Klein, Jay Leno (in another great moment ), Ray Romano, Garry Shandling, Bill Cosby and others, as he tries to get familiar with completely new material (something he often joked about “not” having in his sitcom) and a way of life he’d not been accustomed to living for quite some time. Also, this is Jerry Seinfeld and so there are plenty of laughs to boot (I might have woken a few neighbors of mine with my loud guffaws at 4 in the a.m.). In the end, Seinfeld comes off as a hard-working, respectable guy who loves his life, his friends and of course...making people laugh.
Next on the agenda are two (made exclusively for the DVD) mock interviews by Jiminy Glick (that phony, fat celebrity interviewer Martin Short portrays) with Jerry Seinfeld and Orny Adams. I actually don’t find that Glick character funny in the least, but with these two fine comedians, it was endurable. A few deleted scenes with optional commentary are also on here, a couple of more bits by Jerry but nothing to lose sleep over. I’m actually glad they cut these out, the film’s length was just right. Where Is Orny Now? is a short film of only a few minutes featuring our favorite under-dog in L.A. cracking jokes and giving us more of his self-deprecating humor. I’m glad he’s still going strong. I wet myself watching Orny’s and Jerry’s spots on David Letterman in their entirety. They just give you a taste of it in the actual film so this extra allows us to see the whole hilarious spot for each of them; Orny especially kills on his first national chance at the limelight. Oh, Colin’s, Jerry’s and Orny’s actual written notes from their comedy bits are also featured on the DVD (although they’re unreadable so it’s pretty much a curiosity item than anything else).
A very satisfying array of extra materials, color me impressed!