Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Hi, I'm Jerry Seinfeld. I've got more money than my great grandchildren could burn, so I collect cars like some people collect funny t-shirts. Because I never have to work another day in my life, I enjoy picking up my famous comedian friends in assorted quirky cars and having a camera crew film our conversations while we have coffee and/or lunch. Watch me have lunch with my friend Sarah Silverman.

I enjoy the series. It's an easy, enjoyable series to watch. There's a great episode featuring David Letterman, who seems increasingly affable since he's gotten older and has a child.

But there's also something vaguely off-putting about the series. Seinfeld leisurely drives around as if the world were just a big theme park where everybody's on vacation. He seems to have made a religion out of being preternaturally laid-back. Watching Seinfeld drive around with David Letterman, you're watching two comedians who've reached as high as they can go in their careers. One of the biggest sitcoms ever. One of the biggest talk show hosts ever. Legends who've reached a point where they've got nothing left to prove... so they're just going to have some coffee and reminisce about the old days. So yes, as someone who's still struggling to get his career off the runway — with everything left to prove — there's something a little off-putting about watching people so... fucking... *comfortable*.


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