The 8th season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee started last night and, I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited about it.
To say I love a good interview is an understatement. I am an avid talk show/podcast follower, listening or watching everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Terry Gross to Marc Maron and David Axelrod. I truly love listening to smart, funny, people talk about what they do best and the influences that made them who they are. In Crackle TV’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld takes this formula and switches it up interviewing only comedians, in an unscripted format, with much of the conversation happening on the ride to their destination: a local coffee shop. The result is often enlightening, and needless to say, always entertaining.
Each episode opens with legendary comedian and host Jerry Seinfeld revealing the car he’s selected to pick up his guest for their coffee “date”. An avid collector of rare and classic automobiles, he always chooses very cool and unusual cars that he thinks reflect the personality of the comedian he’ll be interviewing. Seeing both the car and the guest’s reaction is a fun way to kick off the show.
This is about the least dull talk show you’ll ever see. Nobody is overtly promoting their project and the direction of the conversation doesn’t feel rehearsed. The format is loose, with a lot of the conversation focused on comedy “shop talk”. The insights into the world of stand up comedy are really fascinating. Most of the people he’s had on are currently at the top of their profession or are seasoned veterans, and offer a true insiders perspective on the industry. He’s interviewed some of the people that inspired his career like Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, as well as young, sky rocketing comedians like Amy Schumer (once he even did a special interview with President Obama!). The interviews are as individual and funny as his guests. Some stand out episodes: Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman and Louis C. K.
One of the best parts of watching is discovering comedians I hadn’t seen or been aware of before. One of our favorites last season was Sebastian Maniscalco. How is it that we’ve missed this guy? From start to finish, the entire episode is hilarious and I was left wondering why he doesn’t have his own show. He seemed like a natural for a sitcom, Jerry, I’m sure you can (and should) hook him up….
You can catch the show, which is in a 20 minute episode format, online on Crackle TV or you can access Crackle through Apple TV or Xbox. Let us know what you think in the comments below.