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COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE
July 19, 2019  | By David Bianculli  | 2 comments

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 
SEASON PREMIERE: Now in its second season on Netflix, moved (or rescued) from Sony’s Crackle, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee continues to be the perfect little TV talk show. It’s a brilliantly reductive idea – the title says it all, though sometimes they eat meals and this season even take a ride on vintage Italian motor scooters – and Seinfeld does it perfectly. He spends enough money to make it look sharp in the photography and editing, and is loose enough with his questions and conversation to make these one-on-one visits absolutely intimate and quietly fascinating. This season, when Seinfeld tells Martin Short he doesn’t prepare any questions for these interviews, Short replies with a mocking moment of mock incredulity, making Seinfeld double over with laughter. When talking to comic Bridget Everett, Seinfeld launches into a blistering tirade about what a jerk one particular comic is – but bleeps out the comic’s name. Yet when talking to Seth Rogen, they get deep into the weeds, and uncomfortable truths, discussing one of Seinfeld’s comedy idols, Bill Cosby. His return visit with Eddie Murphy is great, and whether Seinfeld is arguing with Ricky Gervais (who prompts Seinfeld to say something dangerously un-P.C., then dares him to leave it in the show, which he does) or delighting at the vocal impressions of Melissa Villasenor, Seinfeld always sparkles as brightly and runs as smoothly as his vintage cars. Obviously, I scarfed up the entire new season at one sitting. Since most episodes are 15 minutes or so, I’m betting you will too. Bet you can’t watch just one…
 
 
 
 
 
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2 Comments
 
 
Bentley
"same circle."
Jul 21, 2019   |  Reply
 
 
Nate
I scarfed down the season in one sitting as well. I need to know who he was talking about in the Bridget Everett episode! Who is this so-called Jerry hater that was good friends with John Belushi? Aykroyd?
Jul 19, 2019   |  Reply
 
Bentley
It must be Bobcat Goldthwait... Bridget has worked with him numerous times (I can easily find photos of them together, which I can't do with the most other obvious suspect, Gilbert Gottfried), he's got an annoying/schticky voice, he doesn't have much of an act, and he has publicly trashed Jerry in the past.

As for a connection to Belushi, I'm not aware of one, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist... Goldthwait was friends with Robin Williams, and Robin was friends with Belushi, so it's easy to imagine they might have all run in the came circle.
Jul 21, 2019
 
 
 
 
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