The opening scene looks vaguely familiar. An older looking Michael Richards, or Cosmo Kramer, sits behind a desk smoking a cigar talking to Jerry Seinfeld. "Everything we have we gave to you, for this ridiculous driving around doing nothing show." "Well we get coffee," Jerry Seinfeld responded. This is the opening scene in the latest episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a web series that has amassed well over 7 million hits. The series is in its 5th season and has been said by Seinfeld executive producer, Larry David, "you've finally made a show about nothing."
For something as mundane as getting in a car, albeit it's typically a limited edition porsche from Seinfeld's private collection, picking up other comedians and drinking coffee, it's hard to think this show would get off the ground. While the coffee is the backdrop to this 22 minute show, Seinfeld uses this as an opportunity to chat with people like Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., and Tina Fey. The most surprising part if it all, they're not performing. They're literally just having a conversation with Seinfeld.
I watched a few episodes and apart from gasping for breath between laughs, I also found it strange to be witnessing a normal conversation that seems like it should be private for people who are public figures. It's that kind of reality TV. It's not a performance, instead it's seemingly an unscripted conversation between funny people. For some reason, I can't stop watching.
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