One of favorite shows premiers its new season today. Please tell me you’ve been watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry Seinfeld’s online series is a simple premise. Each episode he invites a different comedian into a different car and takes him or her to a different place to eat. Here’s why I love it so:
I’m not a car person. I know less than nothing about them. I know how to start them. Most of the time. If it has keyless start I’d probably be confused for a moment or two. Beyond that, it’s a guessing game for me. So it’s not the cars themselves that I love. It is the manner in which Jerry introduces them that I adore. Each episode begins with a voiceover. Jerry describes the car he chose while we are treated to video of him driving it, ostensibly to go pick up the featured comedian. This is usually also when you hear the recording of Jerry calling the comedian to invite him/her out for coffee
Occasionally, he will briefly describe why he chose a particular car for a particular comedian. He tells Seth Myers that the reason he chose a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS for him is because “This car is no-nonsense.”
My favorite description so far is this – please note that the words in all capitals indicate where Jerry shrieks in excitement:
This is an eyebrow-frizzing, retina-melting, absurdly gorgeous 1969 Lamborghini P400S Miura. Just 43 inches tall, it is painted in “arancio borealis,” Italian for “orange.” It has a mid-engine 360 horsepower V12 mounted sideways. And its got EYELASHES on its HEADLIGHTS! JESUS! It’s incredibly masculine and incredibly feminine at the same time. It is, in my opinion, the most beautiful car ever designed.
Here’s an image of the car from wikipedia:
This vehicle was used to pick up Chris Rock. Spoiler alert – they get pulled over and Chris’ reaction is hilarious as well as an eye-opening commentary on race. Check out the full episode here.
I looooove that Jerry cracks up so often. It’s clear that this man is a true fan of comedy. How he interacts with the various comedians is interesting to see. It varies from reverence (check out the Carl Reiner episode – after they eat Carl invites Jerry to return that evening to have dinner with Carl’s frequent dinner guest, Mel Brooks) to a comfort-ability that can only be achieved through true friendship. You have to watch the Michael Richards episode (he played Kramer on Seinfeld), which turns into a touching conversation about selfishness, selflessness, and forgiveness when the two friends discuss the 2006 incident in which Richards went on a racist tirade after being heckled in a comedy club.
So far in the 2 seasons there have been tons of noteworthy comedic moments. I have too many favorite moments to list them all here. I do, however, have a favorite episode. And that is the Larry David episode. Why is this one my favorite? Because it is so clear to me when I watch it that I am watching two geniuses at work. It’s evident that Jerry and Larry had an amazing symbiotic working relationship.
The conversation they have could be a Seinfeld episode. Whether they are discussing what Larry typically orders for lunch (Larry: ”The lunch at a normal American restaurant is very problematic for me. I don’t like to have hot foods for lunch”), the problem with two people drinking tea vs. coffee (Larry: ”Look, I got it in a cup. You don’t know what it is. So if this is tea rather than coffee, a person should find that so disturbing?”), or what they eat when they lose control (Jerry says he can eat 6 slices of pizza, Larry says when he loses it “it’s half a bag of raw cashews”) it’s a conversation that I never want to end.
I refute the claim that Seinfeld, the TV show, was about nothing. It was really about the human condition and the tiny, day to day moments that make up the whole of our lives. These moments are the meat and potatoes of what we live through each day. And these tiny, ridiculous moments pass us by so quickly, and for the most part quietly, that we hardly notice them. The genius between Larry and Jerry is the magnifying glass that they hold up to those moments and the giant screen on which they project, and ultimately dissect, them for all of us to see. They helped us notice just how ridiculous, and humorous, and magical these tiny moments really are . . . if we stop for a moment to examine them!
Start off 2014 with a laugh! Here’s the trailer. For the love of Pete, he’s going to have Tina Fey, Patton Oswalt, Howard Stern, and Louis C.K. among others. (I’ll leave out Jay Leno because I think he is a douche. Hey, they can’t all be winners.) Enjoy!