I’ll admit it right off the bat: I’m not a Seinfeld fan. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t have a television through most of the 90s, but mostly I think it’s because I could not stand the George Costanza character. So when I heard Seinfeld was starring in a web-series where the premise was inviting comedians to coffee and picking them up in vintage cars to drive to the coffee shop, I’ll admit I was a little “Meh” about it.
But then he interviewed Tina Fey. It’s probably no surprise that I’m a huge Tina Fey fan. I watched the episode and found it delightful. Most of all, I found Seinfeld to be a gracious host. He chooses a vehicle based on his guest, spends some quality time with them and asks interesting questions and actually lets them tell their stories. So many hosts interview celebs and either don’t let them finish their stories or interrupt to turn the story back to themselves.
I think my favorite part about the show is how funny Seinfeld finds his guests. He literally cracks up the entire show. You can see by some of these episode stills just how funny he thinks his comedian colleagues are. I love how much fun they are having. Typically, they have coffee at a local joint in the NY/NJ area (Bendix Diner from the Barry Marder episode is right down the street from my apartment) or in the LA area. They definitely aren’t visiting Starbucks, in fact, I’ve added a few must-try places to my NYC list based on this show.
Each episode is between 17 and 22 minutes – the same length of time as a network sitcom. You can find them on the Crackle channel on AppleTV and the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee website.
My favorite episodes (besides the Tina Fey one) are the Ricky Gervais episode (I love how frightened he is of Seinfeld’s driving), Gad Elmaleh (a French comedian who voiced the Jerry’s Bee character in the French version of Bee Movie), and the Carl Reiner/Mel Brooks episode (classic old Hollywood stories).
Even if you’re not a cars, coffee, or comedy fan, give an episode a try. I’ll bet you’ll find it as charming as I did.