Jerry Seinfeld’s show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee combines two of my most closely held loves in the world; cars and comedy. Coffee is another thing I appreciate, but really only as a vessel for milk and sugar. In any case, this show has been around for a few years, and was recently drafted to a new season on Netflix. While Jerry is an avowed Porsche nut, he has a distinct appreciation for all models of cars, and this season showcases a bunch of cool non-Porsche automobiles. Everything from a classic Fiat Multipla to a Citroen SM takes center stage, but in Episode 8 the Porsche sheetmetal really gets to shine!
Episode 8 is an amazing 15 minutes from top to bottom, because not only is the car amazing, but the “real” subject of the show, incredibly funny comic Neal Brennan, is the perfect guest for Jerry to interview. Both worked on stand out comedic shows in their era, with Seinfeld’s titular sitcom breaking barriers for television, and Neal’s work on Chappelle’s Show as head writer is regarded as one of the funniest things of the 2000s. Neither of the two have spent any time watching the other’s work, but they both acknowledge and understand why that has to be true, and they both understand and revere each other for their accomplishments.
This gorgeous Irish Green 356 doesn’t spend much time on screen, but what time it does provides for captivating views. After picking up Neal from his home, Jerry and Neal take the dog for a walk before Neal describes the 356 as “being in a nice watch”. It’s initially taken as a complement, but later in the episode he reveals that he doesn’t understand the appeal of nice watches or nice cars. Jerry, in typical Jerry fashion, geeks out over a nice VW Beetle, and says he likes cars because they can take you places. It’s a simple philosophical turn of phrase, but he’s not wrong.
If you like cars, if you like comedy, check out the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee streaming on Netflix now. If you watch the episode and like Neal Brennan, check out his stand up special ‘3 Mics’, because it’s an innovative new way to look at comedy, and I loved it to death.