The verdict is in: Comedy is
hard. That's the message of this documentary, which follows popular comedian Jerry Seinfeld as he works out his first new stand-up routine in more than a decade, and contrasts his travails with those of high-strung up-and-comer Orny Adams, who's freaked about approaching 30 and driven by a burning need for recognition. Adams can't imagine anything better than being Seinfeld, and this would be a more interesting film if you felt Seinfeld in turn genuinely envied Adams's youth and hunger for success. But whatever his personal insecurities — all comedians have them — Seinfeld is operating from a position of strength, cushioned by cele...