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Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 3:10PM EST
Netflix to air Jerry Seinfeld-produced sketch-comedy show Stand Up and Away! With Brian Regan
Seinfeld and Regan are teaming up for the four-episode sketch show that will premiere on Christmas Eve. “I wanted to do a show that’s a sketch show but the sketches are set up by stand-up bits — some of the older stand-up bits that I’ve done," Regan told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Seinfeld, also appearing on The Tonight Show, explained to Fallon how his show came about. “I always wanted Brian Regan to have his own show because we love him; he’s the funniest guy,” said Seinfeld. “I can’t deal with the jungle of network television … so I said, ‘Let me bring you to Netflix; they will do it right.’ So I brought him in and I said, ‘Let’s just make a show with Brian.’”
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld loves Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, thinks Louis CK could make a comeback but chose the wrong way, and reflects on Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby
Source: The New York Times
Seinfeld spoke at length to The New York Times, again weighing in on the fall of his friend Louis CK. Asked if it was too soon for CK to be performing again, Seinfeld said: "It’s the way he did it that I think people didn’t like. Some people didn’t like that he’s doing it at all. We know the routine: The person does something wrong. The person’s humiliated. They’re exiled. They suffer, we want them to suffer. We love the tumble, we love the crash and bang of the fall. And then we love the crawl-back. The grovel. Are you going to grovel? How long are you going to grovel? Are you going to cry? Are you going to Jimmy Swaggart? And people, I think, figured they had that coming with Louie — he owes us that. We, the court of public opinion, decided if he’s going to come back, he’d better show a lot of pain. Because he denied them that." He also was asked about Gadsby's critically acclaimed Nanette, and how it's polarized the comedy community. "Loved it," he said. "She did a beautiful job, and the way she braided it with the art history she studied in school, that made it fascinating and fantastic." He added that Gadsby "stretched the form of standup" and that her special "is why people are excited about standup now." As for the fall of Cosby, whom he admired, Seinfeld said: "When that happens, that’s too big a safe falling out of a window to ignore. The crash is too loud. The thing I think that’s new for people — let’s take Roseanne and Cosby — is the suddenness and the precipitous fall. So much work, gone so fast. We’re upset at the speed of it, because it’s new. I would say about Roseanne, I never saw anything that bad happen from a finger-tap on a screen. A whole career: gone."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Source: The Washington Post
"When Mark Twain first emailed me about the Mark Twain prize, I have to admit I totally misunderstood," the Veep and Seinfeld star, the sixth woman to receive the Mark Twain prize, said after a night devoted to her at the Kennedy Center. "I thought I was being asked to honor someone else. What a hassle. I have to go all the way to Washington, D.C., and make up flattering things to say about how funny someone else is. And then I realized. It’s me. I get the prize, and my attitude about the whole thing changed. It really did. This is a great night, a great honor. Anybody would be lucky to be part of a night like this honoring someone like me.” Throughout the night, which will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 19, Louis-Dreyfus was feted and roasted by comedies biggest names, from former co-star Jerry Seinfeld to Tina Fey, Keegan-Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, Stephen Colbert, Lisa Kudrow, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Larry David, who worked with Louis-Dreyfus on SNL and tapped her for Seinfeld, joked about her recent cancer battle via video. "I want to congratulate Julia for this unbelievably prestigious award," the David said. "But I gotta say, the lengths that she went through to get it, frankly I was a little surprised... that whole cancer thing? Cancer? Honestly, I gotta take my hat off to her. What a scam." Jerry Seinfeld, meanwhile, credited Louis-Dreyfus for making his career. “I could not get enough of her,” Seinfeld said of their partnership on screen. “That whole time, nine years, I was not acting. I couldn’t.”
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Seinfeld-style sneakers are suddenly all the rage
The plain white, chunky sneakers that Jerry Seinfeld used to wear on his sitcom are making a comeback.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld on his pal Louis CK: “It’s his thing to figure out the path"
“I don’t know the path to take," Seinfeld told Variety during a charity benefit last night in New York City, when asked about his recent comeback attempt from his sexual misconduct scandal.
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
Source: The New York Times
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.”