Web Video: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
"You've finally made a show about nothing."Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a web series by Jerry Seinfeld, which features him inviting fellow comedians along for a drive and some coffee. Not surprisingly, the humor comes from the conversations between Seinfeld and his guests. In addition to being funny, you also get to see Seinfeld and other comedians as regular people — though very funny regular people — rather than the celebrities they've become.As of December 30, 2014, 37 episodes have been made, ranging from as short as six minutes to as long as twenty-two, with most in the 11-18 minute range. There are also short clip videos called "Single Shots" which center on common threads between the conversations, e.g., donuts.The series is available for viewing on YouTube and Crackle, but it also has its own site as well.Some of Jerry's guests to date have included:
—Larry David to Jerry during the first episode.
- Larry David
- Ricky Gervais
- Brian Regan
- Joel Hodgson
- Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
- Sarah Silverman
- David Letterman
- Don Rickles
- Seth Meyers
- Chris Rock
- Louis C.K.
- Patton Oswalt
- Jay Leno
- Tina Fey
- Howard Stern
- Sarah Jessica Parker
- Jon Stewart
- Kevin Hart
- Jimmy Fallon
Tropes associated with the series include:
- Alliterative Title
- Author Appeal: It's clear Jerry is still close with his castmates from Seinfeld, as he's had on Larry David, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander in-character as George Costanza, as well as Wayne Knight briefly showing up in-character as Newman during the George Costanza episode.
- Celebrity Paradox: He has had Michael Richards as a guest, and frequently brings up Seinfeld in other episodes. Yet there is an episode where his guest is George Costanza, and Newman shows up during that episode as well. Perhaps Jerry and George finally got around to making Jerry after getting out of prison, changed the name to Seinfeld, and got Michael Richards to play Kramer because they looked so identical?
- Cool Car: Every vehicle Jerry drives in the series qualifies.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Jerry Seinfeld picks up fellow comedians in cars and they go for coffee.
- I Am Not Spock: Zigzagged. Michael Richards tells Jerry that he finds himself slipping back into the Kramer character just by hanging out and talking with Jerry.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode's title is a word or sentence lifted from that episode's conversation. The George Costanza episode is notable in that it follows the naming conventions of both this show and Seinfeld at the same time.
- Kayfabe: The George Costanza episode is not mislabeled. It's Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander as their Seinfeld characters.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: One appears on the screen in the Michael Richards episode:"Certain events in this episode seem set up. They were not."
- Product Placement: Since the show is sponsored by Acura, there is some product placement for Acura cars, which is Played for Laughs as Jerry usually calls attention to the fact that the car is there for product placement.
- Running Gag: The above mentioned "Product Placement car". Jerry lampshading it in every episode could count as well.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: What some of the chitchat between Jerry and his guests amounts to.
- Shout-Out: In the George Costanza episode, Jerry and George have coffee at the real-life restaurant that was used on Seinfeld to represent the exterior of Monk's Café.
- X Meets Y: Stephen Colbert describes it as "Top Gear with Nigella Lawson Food Porn and comedy."