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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Seinfeld, Coffee and Conversation



These past few weeks, I've enjoyed following Jerry Seinfeld's most recent project, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

When I first heard that Jerry was producing this web series, I was naturally interested right away. He is, of course, one of my all-time favorite entertainers and influences, so his name being attached to a project is an automatic selling point for me. I also liked the idea of learning more about the Internet as a growing platform for original content, as well as finding another series to cover on MFT.

The show's premise is as straightforward as the title indicates. In each episode, Jerry picks up his guest of the week in one of the cars from his famed collection and they go to a diner for coffee. That's about it. The variety in each episode comes with who is having coffee with Jerry and what they talk about during that time, which is precisely why it works.

Jerry has been really smart in the way that he has chosen projects post-Seinfeld, never trying to top the show about nothing while still drawing upon the formula that made it a pop cultural masterpiece. In 2009, he and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David staged a fictional(?) reunion show on David's follow-up series Curb Your Enthusiasm. With "CCC," Jerry once again allows the nuances of everyday life to take the wheel and steer the show (metaphorically, of course.) The diner scenes brings back familiar memories of Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer passing countless hours at Monk's but are inherently different enough not to pale in comparison either.

In short, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is not particularly profound viewing, but that's what makes it great, and Seinfeld's ability to present the fascinating within the ordinary is what has set him apart for over two decades. "Comedians'" potential is unlimited, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the ride.

"Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is available on Facebook, Crackle and ComediansinCarsGettingCoffee.com. New episodes debut Thursdays at 9 PM Eastern.

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