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Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee: Ricky Gervais
Larry David was right. Jerry Seinfeld HAS finally made a show about nothing and it’s HYSTERICAL. You may recall our last city jaunt was with Jerry and his longtime friend/co-showrunner Larry David which ended in several funny conversations about middle age diet, pancakes and boxer vs. briefs. There was nothing particularly groundbreaking about their funny bits but they were funny.
Now, judging from episode two with Ricky Gervais, this show keeps getting even funnier. Jerry picks up Ricky in a 1966 Austin Healy 3000 (which Ricky quickly calls a “tin cup with no suspension” and off they bounce to City Island in New York. Except this is Ricky Gervais and Jerry Seinfeld. And Ricky Gervais is a nervous passenger. For instance, when they hit a bump:
Ricky: Jesus Christ! And I’m an atheist!
Jerry: When’s the last time you were this scared?
Ricky: Hosting an awards show.
The two men are up there in the list of comedians with infectious laughter (Eddie Murphy for sure belongs in that crew) so their nonsensical banter mixed in with distinctive cackles (not to be confused with Sony’s CRACKLE) make you laugh right alongside them.
At breakfast (which is kind of odd since City Island is known for seafood but whatever floats your coffee), they talk moments in history they’d like to have been present for (Seinfeld for sure says the Gettysburg Address), when ordering two yolks and two eggs whites is considered four eggs, and Hitler’s honeymoon. Yes, Hitler’s honeymoon. Gervais seems to think it was probably the worst one of all time considering Hitler married Eva Braun the night the Russians were advancing after having champagne and cake, poisoned her the next morning and shot himself in the head.
I cringe at comedy clubs because I hate when people aren’t funny but I’m an all out gawfa-er when they are funny and boy is Jerry snorting with Gervais around. I love the “Ricky Gervais Show” on HBO and snicker just as much but it’s fantastic when it’s not scripted.
This whole episode can be capped off with Gervais saying this to Jerry:
“This is what mad people do.
Drive and giggle.”
T. Tara Turk is a novelist/playwright/screenwriter, living in LA with her boyfriend and dog - all three successful TV addicts. You can find her at www.ttaraturk.com or follow her on Twitter @ttaraturk.