There is no one in the world of comedy that has profited more from delving into the depths of humor than Jerry Seinfeld. Well, maybe Paul Provenza; actually he’s done more work, but profiting, that’s all Seinfeld. I digress. Whether it be the show Seinfeld, the documentary Comedian or his latest web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, he continues to give his audience a vicarious dollop into what makes people laugh and why.
No need for me to explain what the show is about, the title leaves not a hint of ambiguity. It literally is no more than fifteen-minute segments of two professionally funny people in varying vintage cars going to an alternate diner or coffee shop. The Java goes without saying, especially when Seinfeld is involved. Here is where I must stop to make an observation (and how apropos), and it’s better if you imagine Jerry saying it, “What’s the deal with the cars?”
Every single episode opens with a different classic car and Seinfeld even going into detail about its year, color and engine size, but never gives an explanation as to his affinity for them nor do any of his guests/friends inquire about it either. True to form, Jerry Seinfeld has always presented a caricature version of himself for the viewing public to inspect, never giving too much of the real person away. What is lacking is the evolution of the person whom we got a glimpse of in Comedian, the comic who has such fondness for darker and edgier material even if it will never become a part of his own act.
There are splashes of it here and there with this website, especially in the outtakes or as they’re called ‘Spare Parts’ – that’s where some real gem moments are found. For the most part Seinfeld still works clean and lets his guests do the actual dirty word work. No surprise that Alec Baldwin is the saltiest of the bunch presented so far. He is also the most entertaining, partially due to how animated (both physically and vocally) he is in comparison to his buddy Jerry.
Now about the rest of those comedians, and what comedians they are! Although, I have to admit that after the first two, Larry David (the only one not to drink coffee, but tea and herbal at that) and Ricky Gervais, my worry radar went up that this is going to be a party where only Jerry’s famous friends are invited. I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong than with guest number three, Brian Regan. Yes, for those of us whose lives orbit around stand-up comedy and the people who perform it, he is well known. But for the average person who limits their awareness to the really big names, it’s delightful that Jerry decided to expose his audience to talents that deserve wider exposure. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 fans, I’m talking about you!
About the Author: Andrea Elizabeth Mitchell is a professional comedy writer and performer who has been in the business close to thirty years now. She has worked in several types of media including TV, Radio and Print. To branch out even further this year Ms Mitchell's work will be seen on both the internet and the big screen. Yes, a feature film she co-wrote is going into production, and who knows where this internet thing might take her!