Seinfeld’s Car Wreck of a Show (Free Online)

Posted: July 22, 2013 in Joe Giambrone
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Jerry finally got his show about nothing, and that’s what Larry David told him, on it.  It’s reality enough tv, shot with little GoPro cams stuck to the windshield and minimal crew.

Each week Seinfeld takes famous friends of his out for coffee (often forgetting money), and he shoots the breeze with celebrities like Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Ricky Gervais, Don Rickles and even Michael Richards made a rare, nervous, public appearance.

The webisodes are like a car wreck, because you can’t stop watching.  You never know what the hell they’re going to say next.  Mostly fluff, small talk and trying to be funny, but absolutely nothing is off-limits.  The depressed, bleak, absurdist views of the host shine through.  Seinfeld also has a caretaker/curator mentality for dinosaur comedians and producers, getting them on the record before they croak.

What I like about it is that there’s no character, and no script, and whatever happens is the show.  In the season opener with Chris Rock, for example, they get pulled over in a classic Ferrari for speeding, Seinfeld driving of course.  And Chris is truly nervous about being hauled out and beat on for being black in America.

Seinfeld himself is without guarded image protection, and he comes across as a bit spoiled and full of himself.  Most of the cars – a different one or two every show – are from his own personal car collection.  No effort is made to disguise that the guests are paid to be there, and Seinfeld’s the producer, which guests occasionally bring up.

It’s an exercise in minimalism, just highlighting these quirky personalities.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Free to watch.

 

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