Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld’s self explanatory show, has finally returned to Netflix. Here’s five of our favourite episodes so far.
If you’ve never seen Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, the clue is in the title. Stand-up legend Jerry Seinfeld picks up one of his mates in a classic car (which he feels matches their personality in some way), they go for a spin to get a coffee (other hot beverages are allowed) and they have a chat.
Just like Seinfeld, the sit-com which brought its eponymous star untold fame and riches during the 90s, it is ostensibly ‘a show about nothing’, while at the same time being a show that is kind of about everything.
As we know from the new genre of TV which we’re unofficially calling ‘Wheel-ality TV’ (needs work, we know), the intimate drive-to-coffee-shop setting allows a much more relaxed, open interview. Add this to the fact that Jerry is obviously chatting to some of his favourite people, ie. comedians, about his favourite topic, ie. comedy, and the laughs are very seldom far away as they crack each other up – it’s infectiously hilarious.
Jerry holds the craft of comedy on a pedestal right up there with brain surgery or fine art and hearing him dissect jokes with some of the funniest people on the planet gives a fascinating insight into exactly what it takes to join the exclusive club of people who are genuinely funny.
Even if you haven’t seen any of the series so far, they are all on Netflix (and at only 20 mins long are easy to dip in and out of, especially if you want to avoid the show’s bro-heavy line up), but here are our favourite five so far…
1. The Comedian: Kristen Wiig The Car: 1964 Volvo 122 Sedan
Jerry takes Kristen for a hipster day out in LA. She takes him through her genuine love of Volvos (who knew?), early days on Saturday Night Live and goes glasses shopping. Safe to say we want a day like this too, with Kristen Wiig.
2. The Comedian: Tina Fey The Car: 1967 Volvo 1800 S
Another SNL alumni, another Volvo. Tina and Jerry discuss life after 30 Rock, parenting styles and Tina tries her first cronut – this was back in 2014, when cronuts had just started being a thing.
3. The Comedian: Ellen DeGeneres The Car: 1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
Jerry obviously has a lot of respect for Ellen and they go way back. Two friends making each other laugh is fun to watch and you feel you’re in on the joke. How many interviewers could start a question with, “I know you’re not into penises but…”?
4. The Comedian: Kate McKinnon The Car: 1962 Fiat 600 Multipla
A teeny, tiny, silly car for a star with a big, big, silly personality. Most recently seen in Yesterday, McKinnon is a powder keg of pent up energy, but also strangely serene at the same time. She has Jerry doubled up at times: pure talent in action.
5. The Comedian: Ricky Gervais The Car: 1967 Austin-Healey 3000
Our most famous comedy export appears in the new season but first appeared back in 2012. He also has the most irritating laugh, somewhere between a crow squawk and the sound of a middle-aged man having a heart attack. This is unfortunate, since he laughs a lot, but it’s fair since the episode is very funny. He is also very sacred of being driven fast, which is also fun to watch.
Bonus episode: The Comedian: Barack Obama The Car: 1963 Corvette Stingray
So he’s not strictly a comedian, but Barack freakin’ Obama, people! If it’s not too hard to look at what a poised, charming, statesmanlike and intelligent president the US used to have then this is an absolute gem. Plus, he is genuinely, laugh out loud funny and can laugh at himself. A timely reminder of everything America can be.
Series 11 of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is available on Netflix now