In a live interview with Vulture for the upcoming season of his internet talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” Jerry Seinfeld explained how his show emerged to fill a void that exists in today’s landscape of late night talk shows.
“I kind of missed from talk shows the funny talking of casually hanging out,” Seinfeld said. “There’s no casual hanging out anymore on talk shows. The real estate is too valuable, and people want to push their product.”
He elaborated on his distaste for the late night format:
“Doing talk shows is frankly kind of a pain in the arse. I mean, it’s your whole day. And you’ve got to talk to the producer, [who says], ‘Oh, do you have any stories for [David Letterman]? What’s happened to you lately?’ And you think, Can’t we just talk? Aren’t we supposed to be entertaining people? But they don’t do it like that.”
For Seinfeld’s guests, who are often either his friends or fellow actors and comedians, the production of an episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is much more fluid and painless.
“It is literally just a cup of coffee for two hours. And that’s no big deal. You don’t have to wear anything — no makeup, no fruit basket — you don’t have to sign anything or sit anywhere. You know, I come right to your house.”
The sixth season of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” premiered Wednesday on Crackle at 11:30 p.m. with guest Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Guests for the rest of the season will include Jim Carrey, Steve Harvey, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, and future “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.
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