Recently, Amagansett funnyman Jerry Seinfeld’s unscripted Crackle comedy show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, was nominated for an Emmy and, he told The Hollywood Reporter, he’s in talks to bring the program to television. And why not?
Competing with shows like Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Seinfeld brings to the table a unique series that offers a revealing look at his comedian guests. The show’s eight seasons have featured some of the country’s greatest comedians, including several fellow Long Island natives. It should come as no surprise that these guests had particularly good chemistry with their LI-born host.
Here are five of our favorite episodes with funny Long Islanders in cars getting coffee. Click the links to watch each episode!
Season 8, Episode 3: “Escape from Syosset” with Judd Apatow
Hailing from Syosset, Judd Apatow was invited to cruise around with Seinfeld in a 1968 Firebird 400 in Solar Red. Seinfeld opens the episode with a brief synopsis of Apatow’s loser-ish childhood and thinks that the only way to escape this riddled geek-hood is to take a ride in the Firebird. Over hamburgers at the 101 Coffee Shop in Los Angeles, Apatow and Seinfeld discuss moviemaking, why we think people are funny, Apatow’s crazy “trip” at a Sinatra concert and how old someone can be before they can get a tattoo by themselves. A Southampton comedy club is even referenced during this comedic ride.
Season 1, Episode 4: “Just a Lazy Shiftless Bastard” with Alec Baldwin
In a Sigma Red 1970 Mercedes 280 SL, Alec Baldwin, an Amagansett resident and one of Seinfeld’s “all time favorite funny people,” begins his ride with Seinfeld talking about their hometown, Massapequa, as the duo cruises around New York City. Baldwin’s hilarious and original stories captivate Seinfeld leading to deeper conversation over coffee and lunch. The two talk about the word “rapier” and Balwin’s work ethic. Baldwin also has an interesting encounter with the waitress, making the viewer feel embarrassed.
Season 3, Episode 6: “Comedy, Sex and The Blue Numbers” with Louis CK
Ridiculously raunchy Shelter Island comedian Louis CK takes a 1959 Fiat Jolly joyride with Seinfeld while onlookers balk at the car’s unusual makeup. Seinfeld bashes CK about his goatee as they arrive at CK’s boat. Louis teaches Seinfeld how to drive his boat and gives him a grand tour. After they sit down for some homemade coffee, CK tells stories about about going to the movies while stoned and a boat mishap in New York City. CK’s storytelling and “rapier” wit makes this episode colorful and comical.
Season 8, Episode 5: “Everybody Likes to See the Monkeys” with Lorne Michaels
Executive Producer of Saturday Night Live and Hamptons resident Lorne Michaels takes a ride in a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing with Seinfeld as he talks about comedy shows versus comedy movies. At The Monkey Bar, the two comedians talk all about Saturday Night Live, and about fellow comedians. The fellow NBC veteran offers Seinfeld a ton of insightful advice and observations, which results in an amusing episode.
Season 4, Episode 1: “A Little Hyper-Aware” with Sarah Jessica Parker
Most people know her as Carrie Bradshaw, but Seinfeld brings out the SJP part of Parker’s character. Taking a 1976 Ford Country Station Wagon to Colony Diner in East Meadow, Bridgehampton resident Parker raves about the family truckster’s sound and feel, bringing back old childhood memories. Seinfeld soon decides that the two are similar because they are extremely hyper-aware of everything, leading the two to notice everything they pass as they drive through morning rush hour traffic in New York City. The interactions between Seinfeld and Parker verify their comedic chemistry, creating a captivating and entertaining episode.
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