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Seinfeld in a car, doing what he pleases

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Michael Richards and Jerry Seinfeld
  • Michael Richards and Jerry Seinfeld
There are a couple key advantages afforded to the cocreator of the best situational comedy ever. First is the unfathomable amount of money at his disposal—the show made billions of dollars from rerun syndication alone. Second is the free rein to produce and fund whatever project he'd like—as self-indulgent as it may seem—based on the enduring fanaticism of his sitcom's fan base.

As suggested by its matter-of-fact title, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has a pretty basic premise. During each episode of the web series, Jerry Seinfeld, a classic-car hound, introduces and fawns over a lavish and rare automobile—like a '73 Porsche 911 Carrera RS or a '69 Lamborghini P400S Miura. Sometimes it's one of his own, sometimes it's a loaner, but before he phones the comedian with whom he'll be shooting the breeze for that episode, he undoubtedly gets to red-line the speedometer.

Seinfeld's enthusiasm for the vintage cars and buses—he picked up Michael Richards in a beaten-to-hell '62 VW wagon—is paired with casual banter about nothing (sound familiar?) with writer/comic guests including Chris Rock, Seth Myers, and Seinfeld cocreator Larry David (the show's first guest). The result is pleasant and charming. It's not laugh-out-loud funny or must-see Web TV, but 15 minutes of Seinfeld's voice and narration accompanied by hokey background jazz and coffee-making montages is like a warm blanket for Seinfeld fanboys.

The series—which wrapped up its six-episode second season last month—was recently nominated for an Emmy in the "Short-Format Nonfiction Programs" category. An impressive accomplishment for a show that seemingly materialized from combining one man's hobby with a deep Rolodex of funny people. And I suspect Seinfeld couldn't care less. He just really likes having the keys.

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