On June 20, late night talk show host David Letterman joins Jerry Seinfeld on his web-based comedy series called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” It’s the second episode of the second season, which premiered on June 13. Letterman and Seinfeld ride in Paul Newman’s Ford-powered Volvo 960 Wagon that has been dubbed by car experts as the ultimate undercover car. “This is a treat for me,” Letterman says before the two share a bag of kettle corn.
Web episodes of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” follow a similar format. Jerry Seinfeld introduces the classic car, drives to pick up the guest comedian, goes to a restaurant, and shares a cup of coffee with his guest of the week. Episodes sometimes diverge from the format, as when Michael Richards implored Seinfeld to turn onto a side street or when Seinfeld returned to have Carl Reiner join him for dinner with Mel Brooks. The series premiered on July 19, 2012 and is supported by digital network Crackle, a video hub owned by Sony.
Past guests have included Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Brian Regan, Alex Baldwin, Joel Hodgson, Bob Einstein, Barry Marder, Colin Quinn and Mario Joiner, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Michael Richards and Sarah Silverman. “Riding in Cars with Comedians” is Seinfeld’s first series since his hit “Seinfeld” ended its hugely successful run in 1998.
“Seinfeld,” created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, ran on NBC from 1989-1998. It lasted nine seasons and now lives in infamy through syndication. The show was a blockbuster hit, cultural phenomenon and critical success. In 2002, “TV Guide” named “Seinfeld” the greatest television program of all time. In 1997, the episodes “The Boyfriend” and “The Parking Garage” were respectively ranked #4 and #33 on “TV Guide’s” list of 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. “Seinfeld” was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award from 1992-1998 for Outstanding Comedy Series and won in 1993. The show also took home Golden Globe Awards from 1994 to 1998 for Best TV Series – Comedy. It also won Screen Actors Guild Awards from 1995-1998 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
David Letterman, who is best known for his gap-toothed self-mockery, became Johnny Carson’s regular guest host in 1978. In 1980, he was offered his own show, “Late Night with David Letterman,” which ran until 1993. That year, he signed a lucrative deal with CBS to host “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He also founded his own production company, Worldwide Pants, which bought a stake in his new show.
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” starring Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman is available at noon EST on June 20 at this link.
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