Cars and Comedy
In a ten episode web documentary, Jerry Seinfeld accomplished to mix two of his passions: Classic Cars and Comedy. When you watch Comedians in Cars getting Coffee, you get to learn about the car through Seinfeld’s voice and particular view of it, while enjoying a hilarious hang out session between Jerry and his friends.
Episode 1: Larry David
Technical aspects: 1952 Volkswagen Beetle, “Bug” / Asher Blue / 4 cylinder / 25 Horsepower Engine / Turn signal called a “semaphore” / It has a rear split window because it was made in two pieces to save money.
- “If you, like me, feel that true humility is always in short supply, this is the car for you”
- “I like cars that feel like toys”.
- At one particular point in this episode, Seinfeld double parks next to a Bugatti and mentions that both cars were made by VW but years apart. “The Bugatti has ten radiators, mine doesn’t have any, how is that progress ”
Episode 2: Ricky Gervais.
Technical aspects: 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 / Ice Blue / Straight 650 Horsepower engine / Convertible.
- “This is car if you wanna say –I really love British sports cars and d*mn it I will go down with that ship if I have to-”
- Ricky Gervais was very nervous the whole ride and they kept laughing about it. At one point, he notices that the car has no side mirrors and says “You had to turn round like an owl to see!”
Episode 3: Brian Regan.
Technical aspects: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A / 340 SixPack / 340 Horsepower VA engine.
- “This was the Pony Car Dreams in the 70s because of Barry Newman in Vanishing Point”
- They stop to watch the sea for a bit, but when they get back inside, the car wouldn’t start. After a few frustrated looks on Seinfeld’s part, the engine finally started. They both smiled and Regan says “well, I knew it, you know why? because you can do anything!” in reference to a previous joke. If any of the cars in this documentary needed to –not start-, this was a good fit, because they were a good team to handle the situation.
Episode 4: Alec Baldwin.
Technical aspects: 1970 Mercedes Benz 280 SL / Signal Red / 170 Horsepower Straight 6 engine 2.8 liters / Convertible.
- “This is a car for guys who really want a sports car but don’t really want to be inconvenienced.”
- “It’s an “I get what young people are doing, I’m part of it, but I will not be putting my mattress on the floor.”
Episode 5: Joel Hodgson.
Technical aspects: 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia / Sea blue / 4 cylinder Porsche 912 engine, suspension and brakes.
- “It has Porsche’s engine, suspension and brakes…but that’s a secret.”
- “This is a sports car for guys that wanted a sports car but also wanted a VW, so you have to have a sense of humor”
- All of the episodes feature comedians that have a great chemistry with Seinfeld. In this particular episode, you completely get that when Hodgson says “I’ve known you since you had only one car, that’s how long I’ve known you.”
Episode 6: Bob Einstein.
Technical aspects: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 / Black / V8 engine / 300 Horsepower.
- “It was invented by a Mercedes engineer Henry Waxenberger. He was the first guy who took a really big engine and stuffed it into a four door Sedan to make a gentleman’s supercar.”
- Right after Jerry picks up this episode’s comedian, he says to awkward-known Einstein “This car is like you: It looks normal but there’s something weird going on inside”
Episode 7: Barry Marder.
Technical aspects: 1966 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet / White / Dutch Police Car / 95 Horsepower / flat 4 cylinder engine.
- “Why theDdutch police in the 1960s felt they needed Porsche convertibles to do their jobs, I don’t know, but I love this thing”
- Like in a couple of other episodes, the seatbelts seemed to be something people noticed specially. Usually it was about them being/feeling unsafe, but in this case, it was a matter of size. “I don’t think the seatbelt is going round” says Marder. “There’s an extender” Jerry replies. “Where?” wonders Marder. “It was a joke! What do you think this is, an airline?”. I guess there were no overweight Dutch people in the sixties.
Episode 8: Colin Quinn and Mario Joyner.
Technical aspects: 1976 Triumph TR6 / Tahiti Blue / 6 cylinder 150 Horsepower engine.
- “Another square-jawed British sports car”
- “In the 70s, people were always trying to work the work -Tahiti- in to everything. I’m sure English people in the 70s thought if they could somehow get to Tahiti, this is the blue they would see”
- There’s a funny conversation between the two comedians. “The panel is really what makes it” says Quinn. “I love when all the heating and ventilation stuff makes absolutely no sense: heat, pull, max, car, two, back…” replies Seinfeld, both giving a strange look at the wooden panel.
Episode 9**: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
Technical aspects: 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II / Silver / 6.2 V8 liter engine / Horsepower listed as: adequate.
- “It has a very elegant turning radius of 42 feet”
- Even though Seinfeld loves classic cars, and there’s nothing to not love about a beautiful Rolls Royce, he is very objective in his point of view “As a car is horrible, but it’s a nice living room with wheels”
**This episode is quite special due to its guests. Every night for a long time, best friends Reiner and Brooks get together to have dinner and watch movies. So, after having breakfast with Reiner, Seinfeld is invited over for dinner that same day.
He arrives in a 1970 Porsche 911S in Metalic Emerald Green. Unfortunately, Jerry does not share his thoughts on this car as he did with previous ones in the show.
Episode 10: Michael Richards.
Technical aspects: 1962 Volkswagen Bus / Dove Blue, Palmer gray and rust (this is a joke that makes reference to the decay of the car, yet he loves it) / it’s equipped with a 1971, 60 Horsepower dual quart 4 cylinder engine / Flatbed / extra door on the side.
- “The interior is grey vinyl and duct tape.”
- “I love this particular car because it was used in a Porsche repair shop in California.”
This post is a joint venture between Motorward and Eugenia Sincovich. Eugenia is an Argentinean writer that can’t seem to stay in one place! She loves everything that reminds her that she’s alive and does her best to convey those feelings into her texts. She currently writes for www.inetgiant.com.