Comedian and automobile aficionado Jerry Seinfeld selects one of his many vintage cars based on which fellow comedian he plans to pick up and have coffee with that day, on camera. So far he’s produced 10 “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” videos. For his old friend Michael Richards (Kramer) he putts around Malibu in a rusted 1962 VW Double cab bus. For Carl Reiner, he puts on a suit and tie and maneuvers an elegant 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II around the bends of Beverly Hills. Not all of his caffeinated comedic friends are as well-known as Larry David and Ricky Gervais. He occasionally picks up a stand-up on tour like “universal comic” Brian Regan, in a 1970 Dodge Charger TA in LA. (Universal means he won’t offend anyone – he refrains from profanity and off-color humor. He’s huge in Utah.) Seinfeld had Regan appear on his short-lived NBC TV reality show “The Marriage Ref” where celebrities decided the winners of real-life marital disputes.
It’s easy to snicker at the noblesse oblige attitude of Seinfeld as he calls up celebrities seemingly last minute to have a cup of coffee as “normal people” do. But whoever is in the editing room producing these 10-15 minute videos is clearly a Seinfeld fan and a master at the art of storytelling. Jerry can do no wrong – he’s doing what he loves to do – drive cool cars and talk about comedy. It’s difficult not to watch him have fun. Crackle, Sony’s version of Netflix, is distributing the series online as part of its original programming in “guy’s favorite genres like action, sci-fi, horror, crime and comedy. Romance and drama will be available on their forthcoming sister-site Snap.