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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is an American web series talk show created, directed and hosted by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, distributed for the first nine seasons by digital network Crackle, then moving to Netflix for season ten (2017). The series premiered on July 19, 2012.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
White block lettering of the show title as if written in chalk, over the background of a rich brown coffee foam
Genre Talk show
Comedy
Created by Jerry Seinfeld
Directed by Jerry Seinfeld
Starring Jerry Seinfeld
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 59 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jerry Seinfeld
Running time 6–23 minutes
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release July 19, 2012 (2012-07-19) – present
Chronology
Related shows Seinfeld
External links
Website comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com

Episodes feature Seinfeld introducing a vintage car selected for a guest comedian, followed by a drive to a pre-selected café or restaurant for coffee. Episodes diverge from the format spontaneously, as when Michael Richards implores Seinfeld to take a side street, when Seinfeld returns after coffee with Carl Reiner to join him for dinner with Mel Brooks—or when car trouble arises. As of May 2015, the series had been streamed nearly 100 million times.[2]

The show's ninth season premiered on January 5, 2017. That same month it was announced that the series would migrate from Crackle to Netflix, with the ninth season being the final one to premiere on Crackle.[3] Twenty-four new episodes will stream on Netflix in 2017 and 2018, with all previous episodes made available on the streaming service.[1]

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Development and formatEdit

Seinfeld has stated that the roots of the concept traced to a DVD extra he made for his 2002 documentary Comedian along with a later trip he made after purchasing an old VW Beetle in New Mexico, subsequently filming the return trip to the east coast with a friend.[4] Later describing the birth of the series Seinfeld said the series birth was "an experiment"[5]—as "kind of a guess."[6]

Prior to development of the series, Seinfeld was told by leading social network advisers, including those at Facebook and Yahoo, that a show length exceeding five minutes had little chance of success on the web.[7] Howard Schultz, coffee magnate and Chairman of Starbucks, turned down the opportunity to sponsor the show.[7] Acura eventually sponsored the show, giving Seinfeld creative license with creating the commercials and product placements.[7]

Episodes are estimated to cost roughly $100,000,[5] with guests being paid in cash and the initial raw shoot lasting on average three-and-a-half hours,[5] which is then edited over a two-week period down to a 12–20 minute episode.[5] The process uses a lean production staff,[5] involves a minimum of network interaction,[5] and is designed as an edited and unscripted talk show without an audience that can be comfortably watched on a smart phone.[5]

Seinfeld intentionally crafted the show's format around the car drive and "movement," specifically because "when attempting to show the meandering, silly and sometimes deep conversations that comedians share, you have to remove the audience to keep the participants from dropping into their acts,"[5] adding that "part of what makes the show watchable is that it's always moving. There's no narrative [to] drive the story. We know what happens. We know they're going to get coffee. You need a kinetic energy to move it along, moving people around keeps them awake."[5]

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally released
First released Last released
1 10 July 19, 2012 (2012-07-19) September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)
2 6 June 13, 2013 (2013-06-13) July 18, 2013 (2013-07-18)
3 7 January 2, 2014 (2014-01-02) February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)
4 5 June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19) July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17)
5 7 November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18)
6 6 June 3, 2015 (2015-06-03) July 8, 2015 (2015-07-08)
7 6 December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30) February 3, 2016 (2016-02-03)
8 6 June 16, 2016 (2016-06-16) July 21, 2016 (2016-07-21)
9 6 January 5, 2017 (2017-01-05) February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)

Season 1 (2012)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
1 1 "Larry Eats a Pancake" Larry David 1952 Volkswagen Beetle John O'Groats, Los Angeles, CA July 19, 2012 (2012-07-19)
2 2 "Mad Man in a Death Machine" Ricky Gervais 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 City Island Diner, City Island, NY August 2, 2012 (2012-08-02)
3 3 "A Monkey and a Lava Lamp" Brian Regan 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Rae's Diner, Santa Monica, CA August 9, 2012 (2012-08-09)
4 4 "Just a Lazy Shiftless Bastard" Alec Baldwin 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Fairway Market Café, New York City, NY August 16, 2012 (2012-08-16)
5 5 "A Taste of Hell From on High" Joel Hodgson 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Skylark Diner, Edison, NJ August 23, 2012 (2012-08-23)
6 6 "Unusable on the Internet" Bob Einstein 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 Jerry's Deli, Studio City, CA
Nate 'n Al's, Beverly Hills, CA
August 30, 2012 (2012-08-30)
7 7 "You Don't Want to Offend a Cannibal" Barry Marder 1966 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet Bendix Diner, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06)
8 8 "I Hear Downton Abbey Is Pretty Good..." Colin Quinn & Mario Joyner 1976 Triumph TR6 Fort Defiance Café, Brooklyn, NY September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13)
9 9 "I Want Sandwiches, I Want Chicken" Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
1970 Porsche 911 S
Norm's Diner, Los Angeles, CA
Nate 'n Al's, Beverly Hills, CA
September 20, 2012 (2012-09-20)
10 10 "It's Bubbly Time, Jerry" Michael Richards 1962 Volkswagen Double Cab Pickup The Malibu Kitchen, Malibu, CA September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)

Season 2 (2013)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
11 1 "I'm Going to Change Your Life Forever" Sarah Silverman 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Millie's, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA June 13, 2013 (2013-06-13)
12 2 "I Like Kettlecorn" David Letterman 1995 Volvo 960 station wagon Green Granary, New Milford, CT June 20, 2013 (2013-06-20)
13 3 "No Lipsticks for Nuns" Gad Elmaleh 1950 Citroën 2CV Pommes Frites, French Roast, New York City, NY June 27, 2013 (2013-06-27)
14 4 "You'll Never Play the Copa" Don Rickles 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Factor's Famous Deli, Los Angeles, CA July 4, 2013 (2013-07-04)
15 5 "Really?!" Seth Meyers 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Roebling Tea Room, Brooklyn, NY July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11)
16 6 "Kids Need Bullying" Chris Rock 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S Allendale Eats!, Allendale, NJ July 18, 2013 (2013-07-18)

Season 3 (2014)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
17 1 "Comedy, Sex and the Blue Numbers" Louis C.K. 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly Louis C.K.'s personal boat, New York City, NY January 2, 2014 (2014-01-02)
18 2 "How Would You Kill Superman?" Patton Oswalt 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Handsome Coffee Roasters, Los Angeles, CA January 9, 2014 (2014-01-09)
19 3 "Comedy Is a Concealed Weapon" Jay Leno 1949 Porsche 356/2 Jones Coffee, Pasadena, CA January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16)
20 4 "So You're Mellow and Tense?" Todd Barry 1966 MGB Nathan's Famous, New York City, NY January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23)
21 5 "Feces Are My Purview" Tina Fey 1967 Volvo 1800S Floridita, Harlem, New York City, NY
Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo, New York City, NY
January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)
22 6 "The Over-Cheer" George Costanza
Newman
1976 AMC Pacer Tom's Restaurant, New York City, NY February 2, 2014 (2014-02-02)
Jerry and George Costanza (Jason Alexander, reprising his role from Seinfeld) have coffee and chat about proper etiquette for attending a Super Bowl party before running into Newman (Wayne Knight). The episode was written by Seinfeld and Larry David and directed by David.[8] A 90-second version of the episode aired on Fox before its Super Bowl XLVIII halftime coverage.[8]
23 7 "The Last Days of Howard Stern" Howard Stern 1969 Pontiac GTO Bel Aire Diner, Astoria, NY February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)

Season 4 (2014)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
24 1 "A Little Hyper-Aware" Sarah Jessica Parker 1976 Ford LTD Country Squire Colony Diner, East Meadow, NY
Francesco's Bakery, Hicksville, NY
June 19, 2014 (2014-06-19)
25 2 "Two Polish Airline Pilots" George Wallace 1965 Buick Riviera Flamingo & Peppermill Fireside Lounge, Las Vegas, NV June 26, 2014 (2014-06-26)
26 3 "Opera Pimp" Robert Klein 1967 Jaguar Mark 2 Klein's home and Landmark Diner, Ossining, New York July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03)
27 4 "It's Like Pushing a Building Off a Cliff" Aziz Ansari 2012 Prevost Car X3-45 VIP Brody's Diner, Shrewsbury, MA July 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
28 5 "The Sound of Virginity" Jon Stewart 1978 AMC Gremlin
1968 AMC AMX
Tick Tock Diner, Clifton, NJ July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17)

Season 5 (2014)Edit

A serialized yet separated storyline started in this season, featuring Michael Richards as Crackle President Dick Corcoran. Joan Rivers had been asked by Seinfeld to be the fifth season's first guest, however she postponed the appearance due to a scheduled medical procedure.[9] Rivers died as a result of that procedure.

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
29 1 "You Look Amazing in the Wind" Kevin Hart 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder 212 Pier, Santa Monica, CA November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)
30 2 "I'm Wondering What It's Like to Date Me" Amy Schumer 1971 Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 Short Stop Diner, Bronx, NY November 13, 2014 (2014-11-13)
31 3 "Smoking Past the Band" Bill Burr 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Novel Cafe, Santa Monica, CA November 20, 2014 (2014-11-20)
32 4 "Happy Thanksgiving Miranda" Miranda Sings 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite Art's Delicatessen Restaurant[10] Studio City, California November 27, 2014 (2014-11-27)
33 5 "I Wasn't Told About This... with Special Feature: I’m Dying, Jerry" Fred Armisen 1965 Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850 Coava Coffee Roasters, Portland, Oregon December 4, 2014 (2014-12-04)
34 6 "I'm Going to Take a Percocet and Let That One Go" Alexandra Wentworth 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Convertible Fiddler's Elbow Country Club, Bedminster, New Jersey December 11, 2014 (2014-12-11)
35 7 "The Unsinkable Legend" Jimmy Fallon 1956 Chevrolet Corvette
1994 Land Rover Defender 90
John's Pancake House, Montauk, NY December 18, 2014 (2014-12-18)

Season 6 (2015)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
36 1 "I'll Go If I Don't Have to Talk" Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Caffe Luxxe & Art's Table, Santa Monica, CA June 3, 2015 (2015-06-03)
37 2 "Always Do the Banana Joke First" Steve Harvey 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Manny's Cafeteria & Biggs Mansion, Chicago, IL June 10, 2015 (2015-06-10)
38 3 "We Love Breathing What You're Burning, Baby" Jim Carrey 1976 Lamborghini Countach Killer Cafe, Marina Del Rey, CA June 17, 2015 (2015-06-17)
39 4 "The Comedy Team of Smug and Arrogant" Bill Maher 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Brite Spot, Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA June 24, 2015 (2015-06-24)
40 5 "That's the Whole Point of Apartheid, Jerry" Trevor Noah 1985 Ferrari 308 GTBi One Girl Cookies, Brooklyn, NY July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01)
41 6 "Cut Up and Bloody but Looking Good" Stephen Colbert 1964 Morgan +4 Bluestone Coffee Co., Montclair, NJ July 8, 2015 (2015-07-08)

Season 7 (2015–16)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
42 1 "Just Tell Him You're the President" Barack Obama 1963 Corvette Sting Ray Staff dining room of the White House, Washington, D.C. December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30)
43 2 "If You See This on a Toilet Seat, Don't Sit Down" Steve Martin 1954 Siata 8V
1966 Ford Mustang
Pleasantville Diner, Pleasantville, NY January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
44 3 "Stroked Out on a Hot Machine" Kathleen Madigan & Chuck Martin 1972 BMW 2002 Alfred Coffee, Los Angeles, CA January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13)
45 4 "It's Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive" Garry Shandling 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo Du-Par's Restaurant & Bakery, Studio City, CA January 20, 2016 (2016-01-20)
46 5 "I Don't Think That's Bestiality" Sebastian Maniscalco 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Intelligentsia Coffee & The Tasting Kitchen, Venice, CA January 27, 2016 (2016-01-27)
47 6 "Mr. Ferrell, For the Last Time, We're Going to Ask You to Put the Cigar Out" Will Ferrell 1970 Plymouth Superbird Med Cafe, Marina del Rey, CA February 3, 2016 (2016-02-03)

Season 8 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
48 1 "Stick Around for the Pope" Jim Gaffigan 1977 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper Second Avenue Deli, Manhattan, NY June 16, 2016 (2016-06-16)
49 2 "You Can Go Cho Again" Margaret Cho 1967 Mazda Cosmo Highland Cafe, Los Angeles, CA June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23)
50 3 "Escape from Syosset" Judd Apatow 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 101 Coffee Shop, Los Angeles, CA June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
51 4 "Everybody Respects a Bloody Nose" J. B. Smoove 1964 Studebaker Avanti 10 Speed Coffee, Los Angeles, CA July 7, 2016 (2016-07-07)
52 5 "Everybody Likes to See the Monkeys" Lorne Michaels 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing The Monkey Bar, New York City, NY July 14, 2016 (2016-07-14)
53 6 "What Kind of Human Animal Would Do This?" John Oliver 1959 Triumph TR3 Allswell, Brooklyn, NY July 21, 2016 (2016-07-21)

Season 9 (2017)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Guests Car models Restaurants Release date
54 1 "The Volvo-ness" Kristen Wiig 1964 Volvo 122S Amazon House of Pies, Los Angeles, CA January 5, 2017 (2017-01-05)
55 2 "A Rusty Car in the Rain" Norm Macdonald 1958 Porsche 356A Jackson Hole Diner, East Elmhurst, NY January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12)
56 3 "Dictators, Comics, and Preachers" Cedric the Entertainer 1958 Bentley S1 The Butcher's Daughter, New York City, NY January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)
57 4 "At What Point Am I Out from Under?" Lewis Black 1967 Cadillac Eldorado Junior's, Downtown Brooklyn, NY January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26)
58 5 "Champagne, Cigars, and Pancake Batter" Christoph Waltz 1957 BMW 507 Series II IHOP, Torrance, CA February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02)
59 6 "It's Not So Funny When It's Your Mother" Bob Einstein 2017 Acura NSX Urth Caffé, Los Angeles, CA February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)

ReceptionEdit

Brian Lowry of Variety said the series is the kind of short-form concept that feels stretched even at 18 minutes.[11] David Hinckley of The New York Daily News gave the series 3 out of 5 stars.[12] Mike Hale of The New York Times said: "The [series' segments]... are presented in a clean, elegant template with a studiously casual pencil-drawn logo. And the filming and editing are, if you break them down, impressively complex and artful for a Web series."[13]

The New York Times's Anand Giridharadas critiqued the show as being out of touch with the everyman, and more of a showcase of Seinfeld's wealth. Giridharadas wrote: "The democracy of observational humor has become, in Mr. Seinfeld's reincarnation, an oligarchy of mutual admiration".[14] Other publications have been more positive in their opinion. The New York Daily News wrote of the show's format and first three seasons that, "It all sounds random, which it is, and trivial, which it is and isn’t. In the end, the fun is contagious."[15] Newsday then graded season four of the series with an "A".[16]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2013 Primetime Emmy Award[17] Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Program Jerry Seinfeld Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[17] Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program Jerry Seinfeld Nominated
2015 Producers Guild of America Award[18] Outstanding Digital Series Won
2016 Producers Guild of America Award[19] Outstanding Digital Series Won
2016 Primetime Emmy Award[17] Outstanding Variety Talk Series Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa Miller, Tammy Johnston, Denis Jensen, George Shapiro, Howard West Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 17, 2017). "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Moves To Netflix As Part Of Big Jerry Seinfeld Deal That Includes Specials & Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (May 27, 2015). "Jerry Seinfeld, Online Force". The New York Times. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Maglio, Tony (January 17, 2017). "Netflix Nabs ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ 2 New Jerry Seinfeld Stand-Up Specials". The Wrap. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Jerry Seinfeld Opens Up About 'Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee': 'This Is Just What We Like To Do'". Huffington Post, Katla Mcglynn, 10/07/2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Seinfeld Schools Letterman On 'Comedians In Cars,' A.K.A. The 'Anti-Show About A Nonevent'". Huffington Post, Kate McGlyn, 06/12/2014. 
  6. ^ "How Jerry Seinfeld Defied the Odds and Won the Internet". Huffington Post, Danny Groner, 08/10/2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "3 Content Tips From "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee"". Huffington Post, Blake Landau, 11/18/2014. 
  8. ^ a b Carter, Bill (February 2, 2014). "Halftime Brings a Much-Anticipated ‘Seinfeld’ Reunion". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Hutchinson, Bill (September 15, 2014). "Jerry Seinfeld reveals he wanted to start new season of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ with Joan Rivers". Daily News. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Art’s Delicatessen & Restaurant". Studio City, CA: Yelp. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Review: ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’". Variety. June 12, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ TV review". The New York Daily News. June 13, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ "So These Comics Drive to a Diner and Drink Coffee". The New York Times. August 3, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ Giridharadas, Anand (2014-04-15). "Seinfeld, His Show, and Inequality". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  15. ^ "'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee': Television review". New York Daily News. June 19, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  16. ^ VERNE GAY. "'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Season 4 review — Newsday". Newsday. 
  17. ^ a b c "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Documentary Motion Picture, TV Series/Specials and Digital Series Nominees Announced for 2015 Awards". Producers Guild of America. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (January 23, 2016). "PGA Awards: 'The Big Short' Wins Top Film Prize; 'Game Of Thrones' Takes Drama; 'Transparent' Nabs Comedy". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 

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