Studio picks up rights to 'Comedian'
NEW YORK — Miramax Films has inked for worldwide rights to “Comedian,” a documentary about Jerry Seinfeld’s year on the road doing standup gigs after “Seinfeld” ended.Doc, which had been offered to other distribs, went to Miramax following protracted negotiations. No release date is set. Seinfeld financed the pic.Directed by Christian Charles and produced by Gary Streiner, the Ogilvy and Mather creatives who made Seinfeld’s American Express commercials, “Comedian” takes auds behind the scenes as Seinfeld travels from venue to venue for his standup gigs. Comics who appear in the pic include Seinfeld’s pals Colin Quinn, Chris Rock and Garry Shandling. The 100-minute pic, shot on mini DV, offers up Seinfeld post-bachelorhood — a less private comic able to mock singleness and marriage at the same time. Seinfeld continues doing sold-out standup gigs across the country. His next Gotham appearance is at the Beacon Theater on May 6, where he joins Shandling and Quinn in a show hosted by Diane Sawyer. Benefit is for Seinfeld’s wife’s charity — Baby Buggy, which collects and distributes baby gear and clothing to toddlers and infants in need in Gotham.