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Alec Baldwin in ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ by Jerry Seinfeld.

Click on link (above) to go to Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee website which will show this super-amusing little film by Jerry Seinfeld, 12 minutes of magic (I do not seem to be able to get the video itself to come up on WordPress and show here, which is a shame).

However do return to the one that brung ya!

On Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, see below.

Alec Baldwin and Jerry Seinfeld at the Fairway Market Cafe in New York City in Episode 4 (Series 1) of Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Alec Baldwin and Jerry Seinfeld at the Fairway Market Cafe in New York City in Episode 4 (Series 1) of Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is an American comedy (web) series created and produced by comedian Jerry Seinfeld (and featuring Jerry Seinfeld). The series is broadcast on the Internet, premiering in July 2012. Episodes follow the format of Seinfeld introducing a vintage car (Seinfeld is clearly a car-nut and has a silo full of ’em), picking up the guest comedian / funny person in the car (usually the chosen car has connection with or says something about his guest), and taking the guest out to have coffee (or to lunch after which they have some coffee) — a different restaurant or coffee shop in each episode.

Episodes sometimes diverge from the format, as when Michael Richards (“Kramer” in the Seinfeld TV show) implores Seinfeld to turn down a side street because he wants to show him Sugar Ray Leonard’s house (which turns out not to be Sugar Ray Leonard’s place) or when Seinfeld returns after coffee with Carl Reiner and joins him for dinner with Mel Brooks (S1E9).

The show has been renewed for another season with a seven-episode fifth season out in autumn 2014.

As yet, I have not seen all of them (I’m rationing myself because I’ve done too much binge-viewing of multi-series programming), but I’ve seen a good few (scroll down on the website to get the earlier episodes): I’d recommend the Michael Richards one, a beautiful portrait of a friendship, as it seems to me (S1E10), and if you find Michael Richard’s shtick funny, which I do, then that’s a bonus; the Jon Stewart one is funny too and interesting (S4E5), the Jay Leno one also (S3E3).

I also enjoyed The Louis CK episode (S3E1), two very funny people engaging one another at close quarters (Baldwin and Seinfeld are clearly old pals, good mates, same with Michael Richards, but with Louis it’s more like they are comedy rivals who respect one another — it’s perfectly pleasant but they are not pals as Jerry is with Leno, Richards, and Baldwin).

The Ricky Gervais episode (S1E2) is a horrible (and I like Ricky Gervais’ work), not one genuinely funny moment in it (all Gervais’s false laughing and his unbearable desire to belong in America; Seinfeld even pulls Gervais on the fact that he’s laughing hysterically at stuff which isn’t even mildly amusing; it all seems false and forced; a real bum-note episode; embarrassing, so much so that — just to keep the episode from dying on its ass altogether — at one point Seinfeld asks Gervais what moment in history he would most like to have witnessed?; when someone has to pull out a ready-made question like that it’s a sure sign things are not going well [ie, the encounter is not generating it’s own interest], the person asking the question feels the conversation needs a shot in the arm to keep it going until he can trap-door the bore without it looking too much like a pigging disaster).

The way in which Gervais tries too hard is totally unnecessary too: it’s not like one especially needs to be funny to make a good episode — Tina Fey (S3E5), for example, isn’t especially funny at all [in her episode, I mean], but still its not a bad episode (in my view) because she’s really nice (not trying to be anything especially).

And here — a cherry at the bottom — as it were, a 2-minute compilation of clips from several of the shows, the theme of which is the city of New York: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee compilation (New York, New York)

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