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Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld explains why he can't watch Seinfeld, and why he turned down $5 million an episode
The New York Times asked Seinfeld, "When you’re flipping channels and you come across a Seinfeld rerun, do you flip right past it or do you linger?" Seinfeld responded: Right past it. I think there’s a level of focus you need to get something to a certain point creatively, and you pay a price for that, which is you can’t ever look at it again." As for if he ever second-guessed turning down NBC's offer to continue doing Seinfeld at $5 million an episode, Seinfeld says: "No. It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you’re still asking me about it."
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 3:50PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld has added Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee mini-reviews to Google Maps
Humorous reviews of the diners and cafes his Netflix show visits have been randomly added to Google Maps pages.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 11:01PM EDT
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee's new season reveals a lot about Jerry Seinfeld's worldview
The 64-year-old Seinfeld dispenses much "Baby Boomer wisdom" in his first Netflix season.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Is it Jerry Seinfeld's fault that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has "finally run out of gas"?
Source: The Washington Post
"What’s next in lazy, car-based, non-comedy?” Zach Galifianakis asked teasingly to Seinfeld on his Comedians in Cars episode. But Galifianakis was asking a pretty good question. When it premiered in 2012, Comedians in Cars featured relaxed and impromptu conversations where insight and promotion weren't the goal, says Hank Stuever. "Now," says Stuever, "the show plays as if Seinfeld has belatedly realized he’s part of a terrible surplus of chitchat, a narcissistic loop of elite gab. A project once meant to illuminate the mutual regard comedians have for one another now plays like one more task they add to their list of appearances on multiple platforms, from the full-glam, late-night appearance to lowly garage-set podcast. In expensive, collectible cars that mainly emphasize the wealth gap between Seinfeld and the audience, celebrities are hopping in with Jerry and finding they have nothing much to say anymore. They’re talked-out. The current season features a surprising degree of disconnect and even boredom with the idea — one dud ride after another: Ellen DeGeneres looks exhausted, almost as if she had the date wrong on her calendar but decided to go ahead and get it over with. John Mulaney, usually so quick on the draw, seems more interested in shopping for a hallway rug than engaging in any sharp interplay with Seinfeld."
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Hannah Gadsby jokes of her newfound Nanette fame: "It’s a bit much. I’ve had to go into hiding"
In a recent interview with Variety, Gadsby sounded overwhelmed, stunned and grateful that her Netflix standup special has become a viral sensation. “It’s really a wonderful moment,” she says. “I have been dipping in to see what people are saying, but it’s like a river. The only thing you need to know about a river is that it’s flowing.” Gadsby was in New York City performing Nanette when the stand-up special began taking off through word of mouth. “To get recognized in New York is weird because that’s definitely a place you shouldn’t be recognized,” she says. “I don’t quite know what to make of it.” Did she anticipate such an impact? "No. No. And what I couldn’t have anticipated is twofold," she says. "First, it seems incredible that such a difficult subject matter would get a wide reception. Secondly, being the person I am, I don’t dream like that. I always kept my expectations in life very tame. Someone asked me the other day if I’ve pinched myself and I said, ‘No, I’m too scared to. Because if I really did wake up and this was all a dream…what an a**hole!’”
- Gadsby’s performance is a tour de force in confrontation and a refusal to let comedy remain abstract
- Why the Netflix special felt especially poignant for Gadsby: Her mom was in the audience
- Gadsby and Jerry Seinfeld are an intriguing juxtaposition for Netflix and its comedy philosophy
- How Nanette could revolutionize stand-up comedy
- Gadsby seems to harness the broader fury of the #MeToo moment
- Why Nanette is so remarkable
- Nanette rewrites the history of art
- Nanette can be analyzed on second viewing as if it were The Usual Suspects
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee shows how Jerry Seinfeld's humor was perfect for the 1990s but out of sync for 2018
"No one would ever accuse Seinfeld of being woke, but there are times in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee when he seems to be the anti-woke," says Jen Chaney, citing Seinfeld's jokes this season about Harvey Weinstein and using retrograde phrases like "this is gay." The first Netflix season, she adds, "demonstrates, purely by accident, why Seinfeld’s humor felt so right in the 1990s and feels less in sync with the current moment. The ‘90s were steeped in postmodernism: irony, satire, and sarcasm were celebrated qualities in works of mainstream pop culture. Seinfeld’s blasé attitude and his gift for highlighting and questioning societal minutiae fit in perfectly in that era and, ultimately, exemplified it. But in 2018, when the world is bursting apart every five minutes, complaining about little things comes across as selfish and being ambivalent is considered a flaw."
- Seinfeld wears out his welcome, from the tone-deaf comments to the shameless Lavazza coffee product placement that permeates every single episode: "Considering how much money both Seinfeld and Netflix have, you’ve got to wonder: Do they really need to keep this sponsorship deal alive? It’s distracting," says Greg Morabito.
- Seinfeld explains why Comedians in Cars avoids political comedy: "I think political comedy is great — I think any comedy is great — but my personal love is the pure joke, the pure great joke that’s funny even if you hear it in 10 years"
- Ranking every new Comedians in Cars episode
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
John Mulaney discussed with Jerry Seinfeld his failed Fox Seinfeld-like sitcom
The Fox sitcom Mulaney, which ran for 13 episodes in the 2014-15 season, couldn't escape comparisons to Seinfeld. On a new episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Mulaney brought up his terrible sitcom experience. "The experience of doing a sitcom was such a slow process getting it on the air that once it was on the air I felt double confident that this was it," Mulaney told Seinfeld. "And then... uh... and then you show it to people. And they say, 'nope.'" ALSO: "Seinfeld Current Day" Twitter account takes on NBC's Twitter.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 9:21AM EDT
Ellen DeGeneres tells Jerry Seinfeld: "The world is such a scary place right now, in so many ways"
Source: The Daily Beast
On Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the usually sunny Ellen expressed her concern with the state of the world. “You have children and there’s North Korea and there’s fires, there’s storms. It just overwhelms me with dread," she said. When she asked Seinfeld if he “goes to those places” in his head, he immediately replied, “No.”
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld is disappointed that it's a friend who is suing over Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Source: Page Six
Seinfeld says of Christian Charles' lawsuit: "I don’t know if you remember my TV series; a friend of mine sued me for $100 million that I took the whole idea from him. It’s a guy who lives in Queens. … When we did Bee Movie, there was guy who said, 'I was going to do a movie about bees, so you owe us everything.' It’s unfortunate when it’s a … friend, and they decide to go for the money instead … That’s not the nicest moment, but I’m used to it."
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Alec Baldwin offers another controversial #MeToo opinion in his return to Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Source: The Daily Beast
Baldwin, who appeared on Season 1 of Jerry Seinfeld's web series, will be the first repeat guest when Comedians in Cars returns next Friday. While riding with Seinfeld, Baldwin expressed worry that the #MeToo movement has made him hesitant to put his arm around his wife. “I put my arm around my wife’s waist and then went, ‘Oh, I’m sorry! Was that inappropriate?’” Baldwin said. To which Seinfeld responded: “You may be over implementing the new guidelines.”
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld: Roseanne Barr's firing wasn't "necessary," but "I love people that crash and burn"
"I didn't see why it was necessary to fire her," Seinfeld told Entertainment Tonight while promoting Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "Why would you murder someone who's committing suicide?" He added: "But I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push. That was fresh." In an interview with Extra, Seinfeld said of Barr: "I kind of like that story because I think you know I love people that crash and burn. I really enjoy that and a lot of people have done it in a lot of different ways… And I like to kind of rate them and compare them. I don't think anybody ever just destroyed an entire career by doing that. All she had to do was press 'share' and it was all over, so I thought that was kind of cool 'cause it was different… You know, drugs and sex, those are the usual things. This was something new and I thought it was inventive.” Seinfeld also suggested that ABC should've cast another female comedian to take over the Roseanne Conner role. "I think they should get another Roseanne," he told E.T. "They brought Dan Conner back, he was dead and they brought him back. So, why can't we get another Roseanne? There's other funny women that could do that part. You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job."
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee touts its short length in its first Netflix official trailer
The Jerry Seinfeld-hosted series, which debuts on Netflix on July 12, says: "Don’t worry. Our little series isn’t a big production. There’s no backstory, no plotline, no fuss. We like to think short."
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Zach Galifianakis roasts Jerry Seinfeld and praises Cardi B in his return to Between Two Ferns
Source: The Daily Beast
This is the first episode of the Funny or Die series since Hillary Clinton appeared one month before the 2016 presidential election. Galifianakis, who guests on the upcoming season of Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, awkwardly asked Seinfeld about Seinfeld being a "launching pad for whites."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Comedians in Cars' 10th season to feature Kate McKinnon, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, John Mulaney and the return of Alec Baldwin
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix announced the official lineup for the 12-episode 10th season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which will be the first on its streaming service. Joining the previously announced Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Lewis (who taped his episode months before his death last August) are Chappelle, his Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan, Zach Galifianakis, John Mulaney, Dana Carvey, Hasan Minhaj and Brian Regan. Alec Baldwin, who already did a Comedians in Cars episode in 2012, will be the first to return to the series. Season 10 premieres on July 6.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Seinfeld ended 20 years ago today: Does the much-derided series finale get better with age?
More than 76 million people watched the 75-minute May 14, 1998 series finale, which was met with with widespread derision and negative reviews. Even Jerry Seinfeld regrets the finale. Ken Trucker, who called the series finale "off-key and bloated" as TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, has had a change of heart. "When you look at 'The Finale' now, the episode works as a clever reminder of how many episodes of Seinfeld you enjoyed, enabling you to see faces that once were obscure ('Look, there’s Teri Hatcher as Jerry’s old girlfriend!') or to appreciate lesser-known characters, such as Bookman, the library cop — I forgot how much I loved Philip Baker Hall’s crusty overdue-book investigator. Indeed, watching 'The Finale' this time around was almost pure pleasure all the way through. While I’m sure the gang’s lawyer, Jackie Chiles, would come under P.C. scrutiny for the portrayal of a black man as a hustler with a law degree, I also admired Phil Morris’s deft performance, delivering reams of rapid-fire dialogue with ease."
- Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and @Seinfeld2000 team for Elaine-themed “Jerry (Maybe We Should Get Married)" to mark the 20th anniversary
- "It was such a terrible letdown" reads one series finale review
- The Hollywood Reporter combed through 70 hours of previously unreleased interviews to mark the finale's anniversary