Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a web series created by and starring 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 April 22, 2017, nine seasons with a total of 60 episodes have been made, ranging from as short as six minutes to as long as twenty-twonote , 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, such as donuts or the sound a ketchup squeeze bottle makes when it releases its contents, or within the episodes, e.g., left turns or the closing of the car doors to rhythm.
Some of Jerrys guests to date include:
Tropes associated with the series include:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Genesis P-Orridge from Throbbing Gristle felt this way about Jerry and Margaret Cho's brief discussion of his plastic surgery (I.e. he and his wife were altered to look like each other and referred to themselves with female and/or plural pronouns).
- The Alleged Car: Some of Jerry's cars are less impressive than others. Jerry points this out at times and one of the special guests was scared to drive in one.
- Jerry seems to sum up the trope when describing the car he uses to pick up Jon Stewart (per Stewart's own request):Jerry: This is a 1978 American Motors Gremlin. It has an interior. It has an engine. It has wheels. Oy.
- The DeLorean DMC-12 and Siata 8V both break down just after picking up the guests. (Patton Oswalt and Steve Martin respectively.)
- Jerry seems to sum up the trope when describing the car he uses to pick up Jon Stewart (per Stewart's own request):
- Alliterative Title: Three "C" words.note
- Author Appeal: The show is all about the three things Jerry likes best: comedy, cars and coffee. It's also clear Jerry is still close with his castmates from Seinfeld, as he's had on Larry David, Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander in-character as George Costanza. Not to mention Wayne Knight briefly showing up in-character as Newman in the latter episode.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Jerry notes in one episode that the Rolls Royce, despite it's reputation as the original luxury car, is really just "a living room on wheels." It doesn't go very fast and is extremely difficult to turn.
- 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 and he describes them at length at the start, sometimes by making fun of them.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Jerry Seinfeld picks up fellow comedians in cars and they go for coffee.
- Food Porn: Hope you like gorgeous close-up shots of coffee beans brewing!
- 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. Another example is the Miranda Sings episode; it is the character that has the conversation with Jerry, and it isn't until the very end that you see the real woman playing her.
- Lazy Bum: A reoccurring joke is the pair of comedians talking about how all comedians are lazy with one of them saying that they didn't want to go to work until the evening and another saying he didn't want to do "real work".
- Mythology Gag: In the George Costanza episode, Jerry and George have coffee at the real-life restaurant that was used on Seinfeld for exterior shots of Monk's Café.
- Nice to the Waiter: Averted, albeit (probably) jokingly, in the Alec Baldwin episode. Baldwin lampshades it by saying they'll have to leave the waitress a $1000 tip to compensate.
- Non-Indicative Name: In the show's very first episode, Larry David refuses to get a coffee, much to Jerry's chagrin. A smattering of other guests have also abstained. A few of the guests are also not comedians.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: One appears on the screen in the Michael Richards episode:Jerry: Certain events in this episode seem set up. They were not.
- Product Placement: Since the show was sponsored by Acura, there is some product placement for Acura cars, which ends up being Played for Laughs and lampshaded to hell and back by Jerry in the episodes in which it occurs. The placements were deleted from the old episodes when Netflix gained the rights to the series.
- Running Gag: The above mentioned "Product Placement car". Jerry's lampshading could count as well.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: The chitchat between Jerry and his guests amounts to nothing because it's just unscripted small talk between comedians, and one of them is Seinfeld himself. Topics include whether or not it matters if someone is drinking tea or coffee, "walks of pride" in bowling and something about the car of the episode.
- Something Completely Different:
- In lieu of a comedian, Jerry's guest in the Season 7 premiere was the sitting President of the United States, Barack Obama. They also don't go out for coffee, as, for security reasons, they were not allowed to drive off the White House property. They basically drive down to the end of the driveway, then back for coffee in a White House breakroom.
- Christoph Waltz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Alec Baldwin stretch the definition of "comedian," given that they are better characterized as actors who have appeared in comedies.