In the years since the finale of his smash hit “Seinfeld,” the shows creator has been doing...well pretty much whatever he wants. Included in that is a web-series that perfectly meshes together three of Jerry’s favorite things; cars, coffee and talking about nothing. Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
Each year ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ has grown a larger and more dedicated audience which has attracted an impressive list of guests. If you haven’t seen it yet, here are 11 of the most entertaining episodes that we highly recommend checking out.
1/11 Just Tell Him You're The President: Barack Obama
Typically, Seinfelds guests are comedians, as promised in the title of the show. However, having the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES was too good to pass up. Fortunately for viewers, the episode is absolutely hilarious. While Obama is not a comedian by trade, his timing, delivery and wit is unmatched by many of the professionals. It’s admirable that Obama doesn’t seem to be trying to be funny; he just is. When Seinfeld takes a bite out of an apple and leaves it on a coffee table, Obama gets very serious for a moment “If you’re gonna take a bite out of the apple, you’ve gotta take it,” the exchange could easily be the beginning of a plot on Seinfeld.
Early in the episode, Jerry declares that what defines the Corvette Stingray he’s brought to the White House is “pure confidence”. In that sense it is the perfect car to represent President Obama.
2/11 I'll Go If I Don't Have To Talk: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Jerry picks Julia up in a suave 1964 Aston Martin DB5 with an all-aluminum 280 horsepower straight-six engine. Some may recognize the car from the big screen, famously being driven by Sean Connery in the classic James Bond film ‘Goldfinger.’
“You are the James Bond of comedy,” Jerry tells Louis-Dreyfus. “Because whatever the mission, whatever the situation, you come in and kill it.” Upon seeing the silver Aston Martin, Julia’s neighbor exclaims, “Hey Jerry, I’ll trade ya,” to which Seinfeld groans, “I get so tired of hearing that.”
The episode is jam packed with glamour shots of the stunning DB5 as well as a walk down memory lane by two old friends who never fail to crack each other up.
3/11 We Love Breathing What You're Burning Baby: Jim Carrey
Jerry hits the road with a heavily bearded Jim Carrey in a 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 for a hilarious back and forth that takes them through the streets of L.A.
Highlights of the episode include yelling at fellow drivers, some great impressions and Jim Carrey hopping a fence. In classic Seinfeld fashion there is even a serious conversation about juice.
“Have you noticed that orange juice now comes in a variety of pulp?” says Seinfeld.
3/11 The Sound Of Virginity: Jon Stewart
Jerry picks up Jon Stewart in a 1978 AMC Gremlin, Stewart's first car, then trades it in for a 1968 AMX, before they make their way to the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, New Jersey.
In the words of Seinfeld: “The Gremlin was built to compete with the Chevrolet Vega and Ford Pinto, which were both horrible cars. And compete it did; the Gremlin was EVEN MORE HORRIBLE.” According to Jon “[The Gremlin] was used for many years in New Jersey, uh, as contraception. Young men would drive it to ensure they would never, ever…”
A hilarious highlight takes place when Stewart hears the Gremlin start up and says “That’s the sound of virginity. Did you hear it?”
4/11 You Look Amazing In The Wind: Kevin Hart
Jerry picks Kevin Hart up in a 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder. “It is not a street car. It is not for highways. It is not for neighbourhoods. It is not for casual driving. THIS…is a race car.” he says.“This car was designed a half a century ago. Somehow, it looks like it’s coming out next year...If you just want to go for a drive for the pure joy of it, I think it’s just about the best there is.”
Kevin pitches in with some choice words, “This car is very loud. This isn’t a good date car.”
A highlight is when Kevin weighs in on the perils of being a celebrity father: “My daughter got right to the point: ‘Dad? Are we rich?’ Jerry responds, “You know what I say to that question? I am. You’re not.”
5/11 Unsinkable Legend Part ½: Jimmy Fallon
Seinfeld and Fallon cruise around in a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible in Cascade Green with beige coves as well as a 1994 Land Rover Defender 90/Boston Whaler
Jerry has some interesting words about the Corvette, “It is absolutely the essence of American futuristic positivism of the post-war society” and Jimmy chimes in, “This is just a beautiful thing. What happened with cars? Why’d they stop making colours like this? Why’d they stop having fun?”
In regards to the Land Rover, Jerry says “I find it relaxing to just get in this thing and drive into a pile of dirt.”
Highlights include Jerry, discussing Norman Greenbaum’s hit record, “Spirit in the Sky”: “It’s a Jesus song. What’s the lyric? ‘I got a friend in Jesus’. And the guy’s name is ‘Greenbaum’. I need some more information.” as well as Jimmy, pondering where the saying “new and improved” came from: “I can’t believe we keep buying ‘new and improved’; ‘New and improved Mr. Clean.’ What was the swill we were buying when you originally invented Mr. Clean?”
6/11 Larry Eats A Pancake: Larry David.
For the series debut, Jerry joined up with his partner in crime. Jerry picks up Larry in the first car he ever owned and they touch base in a greasy spoon that resembles the one from ‘Seinfeld.’ As you would expect, their back and forth doesn’t disappoint.
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David gets picked up in a car he “always loved,” a 1952 VW Beetle in Azure Blue. According to Jerry, “If you feel that true humility is always in short supply, this is the car for you.”
The highlight of the episode comes in the form of LD’s hilarious Cosmo Kramer impression. The general banter between the longtime friends is worth the price of admission alone.
7/11 I’m Going To Change Your Life Forever: Sarah Silverman
Jerry picks Sarah Silverman up in an opalescent blue 1969 Jaguar XKE S2 Roadster. “In the 1960s, if you wanted to project power, grace and style, this is the car you drove.” He says. Ms. Silverman likens it to the car Don Draper drives.
A highlight is when Sarah places her order and Jerry proclaims, “I have never been so out ordered in my life!”
8/11 I Like Kettlecorn: David Letterman
Upon being picked up in a 1995 Volvo 960 in Regent Red, David Letterman explains that he loves the car “because of Paul Newman,” who actually helped build the vehicle.
The highlight of the episode takes place when Letterman looks anxiously across the colorful restaurant and says “Can we just ask these people to leave?” Jerry: “We don’t own the place.” Dave: “Well, we can change that, can’t we?”
9/11 Comedy Is A Concealed Weapon: Jay Leno
Jerry claims to love the 1949 Porsche 356/2 because of it’s old school yet futuristic appeal. “To me, it looks like a little alien flying saucer. Imagine how it looked in 1949.”
Leno chimes in: “The thing that’s amazing about this car is how modern it feels. I would know right away I was in a Porsche.”
What makes this episode stand out is the fact that both Seinfeld and Leno are car collectors. This leads perfectly into a conversation where they are arguing over who will get the first Acura NSX whenever it comes out. This prompts Jerry to utter “LENO” in exactly the same tone we’ve heard him say “NEWMAN” so many times before. Classic.
10/11 The Over-Cheer: George Costanza (In character)
On the topic of the 1976 AMC Pacer, Jerry points out that it was “A total disaster from initial concept, to final execution.”
Throughout the episode, not only do we get a classic Jerry vs George dialogue going, but they stop by as famous a Seinfeld setting as you can get (the real Tom’s Diner in New York City). As a bonus, we also get to find out which NFL team Newman roots for.
11/11 Unusable On The Internet: Bob Einstein
In this episode, Super Dave Osbourne star Bob Einstein is hilarious. Jerry Picks him up in a 1970 Mercedes- Benz SEL 6.3 and aside from the humorous banter, Jerry educates the viewers. “Henry Waxenberger was the first guy that took a really big engine and stuffed it into a regular four-door sedan to make a gentleman’s supercar.” On the topic, Einstein has this to say, “this is gorgeous. And you know what I like? There’s an old saying: ‘Don’t ever get too big to use your friends.’ And you use your friends more than anyone I’ve ever met.”
Throughout the episode Bob is constantly asking Jerry where he ranks among guests on the show so far (he was only the 6th), which serves as a hilarious bit. A true highlight comes when he asks Jerry, “What’s worse: kids getting drunk off hand sanitizer, or the E! channel picking up three seasons of the Kardashians?”
Honorable mention: Chris Rock, Louis CK, Stephen Colbert