Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will take you on an existential trip like you wouldn’t believe


A long time ago I remem­ber see­ing some­thing about how Jer­ry Sein­feld was start­ing a web series called Come­di­ans in Cars Get­ting Cof­fee.  Not being a real­ly big car fan (but a fan of both cof­fee and Sein­feld), I gave the first few episodes a shot and nod­ded my head in hap­haz­ard approval a few min­utes in as I decid­ed to go off and do some­thing else.  I remem­ber think­ing to myself that it’s always nice to see artists use their tal­ents to bring art to the world, and I was glad that Sein­feld was doing this with his own tal­ents.

Today I hap­pened upon it again, this time an episode with Pres­i­dent Oba­ma.  One thing I didn’t real­ly notice the first time I saw the show was that the obvi­ous point of the show — two peo­ple in a car get­ting cof­fee — bare­ly scratch­es the sur­face of what is actu­al­ly going on here.  Sein­feld, in his casu­al and friend­ly way, is gen­tly tug­ging on peo­ple to talk about them­selves, about life, and about who they are as a per­son, all with­out any­one real­ly ever show­ing off or fram­ing them­selves as a pro­duct of the life they’ve worked hard for.

In an episode with Jim Car­rey, for exam­ple, you can start to feel an under­tone of exis­ten­tial non­cha­lance com­ing out, as if Jer­ry is using dialog with famous peo­ple to con­nect with the mass­es on a lev­el that sur­pass­es any char­ac­ter either of them have ever played.  Instead, Sein­feld is bring­ing the con­ver­sa­tion into our hearts, re-human­iz­ing the peo­ple who have been pedestaled with pop­u­lar movie and T.V. show roles by show­ing them to us in a safe, com­fort­able, true-to-self atmos­phere.  More impor­tant­ly, we as com­mon folk are able to relate to the­se famous peo­ple, includ­ing Jer­ry, just a bit more now, and in doing so we can feel a bit more con­nect­ed on a lev­el that we all know is there but rarely have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to feel.

Jerry’s helped to provide a way to feel that con­nec­tion with his web series.  Do your­self a favor and watch a few episodes of Come­di­ans in Cars Get­ting Cof­fee.  In the episode with the pres­i­dent, Jer­ry at one point says that he’s main­tained a hum­ble per­spec­tive on life because he “fell in love with the work.”  This may not reveal itself the first time you sit down and enjoy an episode, but just like new peo­ple we meet in life, over time I think you’ll be pleas­ant­ly sur­prised with just how much about them (and your­self) you come to learn.

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