Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Another Brilliant Show About Nothing
Jerry Seinfeld knows comedy and he knows what works. After a crazy successful nine year run on NBC with his self-proclaimed “show about nothing”, Seinfeld has taken that concept to the web with his internet series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
As with so many other things, I came to the “Comedians” party a bit late. I didn’t even know it existed until David Letterman brought it up during Seinfeld’s recent appearance on his show. Being a fan of his eponymous sitcom (I’ll still watch reruns in syndication when I find them), and watching Letterman praise it during the interview, I was anxious to check it out.
The 10 episode season was filmed in the late summer / early fall of 2012 and is exactly what the title says. Jerry gets a car, usually some rare European model a dealer lets him borrow, picks up one of his comedian buddies, and they go have coffee with cameras rolling the entire time. It’s that simple. And that’s what makes it brilliant.
We’ve all had those moments with friends or family where everyone is just chit-chatting having a good time when someone says, “Where’s a video camera when you need it?” Seinfeld and friends just remembered to bring the camera. There’s no plot lines, no story to follow, just Jerry and a buddy talking about random observations and trying to make each other laugh.
Some episodes had me laughing until I had tears in my eyes (Ricky Gervais, and comedian Brian Reagan are particularly good), while others offered several good chuckles. The final episode with Seinfeld’s friend and former co-star, Michael Richards (a.k.a. “Kramer”) even takes a slightly serious tone as Richards opens up about how his infamous tirade on-stage back in 2005 where he slung racial slurs at heckler during his stand up routine still weighs on him to this day.
Episodes last anywhere between seven to 17 minutes and are available to watch online at comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com, or through the app, Crackle, available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android devices. I promise, once you watch one episode, you’ll won’t be able to stop until you get through the whole season.
Seinfeld has made a lucrative career out of turning everyday experiences we all can relate to into comedy gold. With Comedians, he’s turned something we all do into comedy gold. And it’s brilliant.