I loved Seinfeld. It was a show that probably shouldn’t have found the kind of success it did, but with the right actors, writers, and people in place it took the simple and ordinary and made it funny to a mass audience. Last year Jerry Seinfeld started a new (simple) internet show called ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ which might have missed your radar. Everything from its long, descriptive, title to its obvious premise screams “No big deal,” yet it might be one of the biggest deals for internet television in recent years.
The show isn’t based on Seinfeld’s life, it is his life post Hollywood success. It’s him showing everyone how he’s settled into this new stage where he gets to take a step back and enjoy what he’s built over the years. He drives a different car for each guest and talks hints of coffee in addition to the random and funny topics geared specifically to each guest. Part reality, part documentary, Seinfeld’s interactions with his friends aren’t gimmicky or filled with outrageous stunts, they’re just real life moments captured in a natural way. It’s this sincere approach that captures your attention quickly from the start.
One of the best episodes from season one was with Michael Richards, who played Kramer on Seinfeld. There are the obvious reasons you’d want to see Richards and Seinfeld reunite talking about the past, but the beauty and draw comes with the two talking about more recent events. Richards had done a comedy routine years back where he was heckled and lost his temper saying some very unfortunate things, you probably remember hearing about the incident. In CCC, you see the two normally funny guys talk about it honestly and get to hear the regret in Richards voice knowing that this actor isn’t acting.
If you watched Seinfeld in the 90s and could picture yourself hanging out with the 4 friends, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will make you think Jerry’s a close personal friend. While Jerry Seinfeld isn’t leading the indie show revolution, he appears to be picking up right on cue. This is exactly what internet-first content should look like, exploring ideas that don’t conform to primetime and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee delivers.
Season 2 recently started with the first episode now up.