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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.