Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee: 15 Trivia Tidbits
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee was like a free lesson in comedy writing and performance that let audiences peek behind the curtain and hear how comedians think and analyze. Grab some java and drink up these 15 niche facts about CICGC.
Jerry Is Done With The Show For Good
On the podcast Smartless Jerry divulged that Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is sadly behind him. He explains, "I think I’m going to put that volume on the shelf. It was a lot of fun and I got to meet … a lot of those people who I had not met. We’re friends now. It’s amazing what two hours with somebody — you're friends forever after that. It was really great."
Every Seinfeld Main Cast Member Has Appeared
It’s a family affair! Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Larry David have all appeared in episodes. Jason Alexander even reprised his role as George Costanza in season 3 episode 6.
Starbucks Passed On The Show
Seinfeld originally pitched the show to former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz. Jerry sent him 10 episodes that were meant to make up the first season, and Schultz claimed he didn’t “See the connection. Seinfeld told Brian Williams, “I said, 'Are there other people coming in your office pitching other shows with 'coffee' in the title?' I mean, I went everywhere. You'd be surprised, Brian, how little my name means."
The Show Was Purchased From Crackle
The show originally began on the Sony streaming service Crackle, but was eventually moved to Netflix when the company offered Jerry the modest sum of $100 million. The show moved to Netflix in 2017, and 24 new episodes were added. It’s good to know that Jerry finally has some savings in his bank account.
Jerry Is One Of Obama’s Favorite Comedians
Obama had cited Jerry as one of his favorite comedians in an interview with Marc Maron on WTF. After hearing this Jerry decided to take a shot in the dark and reach out to the White House team with his producers. The President’s press staff loved the idea.
Jerry’s Response To A Lack Of Diversity
Jerry received some backlash over the lack of diversity in the show, which featured mainly white male comedians early on. In response Seinfeld said, "People think it's the census or something. This has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You're funny, I'm interested. You're not funny, I'm not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that."
The Louis C.K. Episode Was Pulled Then Reuploaded
Famous comedian and masturbator Louis C.K. appeared in an episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee unfortunately titled “Comedy, Sex and the Blue Numbers”. However, when Netflix purchased the series, they pulled the episode from the series. Eventually though, the show was secretly added back into the show when the heat died down.
The Unusual Payment Ritual
In an interview with David Spade, the two talked about how great it feels to be paid right after coming off stage from a gig. Jerry said “If I were still doing Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee I wanted you to come on the next season, and the way I pay people for that show, I give them $4,000 in twenties in a white envelope."
Christian Charles, a former collaborator of Seinfeld's, attempted to sue the comedian for allegedly stealing his idea for the show. Charles had pitched Seinfeld a similar idea back in 2001 called “Two Stupid Guys In A Stupid Car Driving To A Stupid Town” but Jerry passed on the idea. Jerry brought the idea back up a decade later and the two shot the pilot before Charles stepped away. Charles only attempted to sue after he found out how much Netflix was paying per episode. The court ruled in favor of Seinfeld claiming the statute of limitations had passed, and that the idea was too generic to belong to any one person.
Jerry’s Favorite Episode
Jerry says the President Obama episode was "the most fun ever had.” He added the coolest part that no one saw was when the head of the secret service explained what would happen if people started shooting at them. He elaborated, “They were going to throw me in the back of a van. That was really exciting Bourne Identity stuff.”
Seinfeld’s Hatred Of Bobcat Goldthwait
In one of the most memorable scenes from the show, Seinfeld sits down with Bridget Everrett and the two smack talk a comedian who they think is the antichrist of comedy. His name is bleeped out for the entire conversation, but fans speculate the two were talking about comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Jerry said, "He used to rail against me 'cause they weren't as wild and dangerous as he was. 'Cause he sucked. He wasn't funny. And that's why he didn't get anywhere... 'Cause in comedy, nobody gives a f— if you're cool, if you're lame. If you're funny, you win. If you're not funny, you don't."
Jerry May Be On The Spectrum
Jerry Seinfeld told Brian Williams that he wanted to make the show because Comedians are the only people he feels truly relaxed around. He says that he may even be “On the autism spectrum.” Seinfeld explains, "Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying. But I don't see it as-- as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset."
Jerry’s Coffee Order
When asked what his coffee order is on the show, Seinfeld said, “I place no limit on the amount of coffee I can drink, I allow myself an infinite amount and I like it hot with cream. Sometimes cappuccino, sometimes americana, but nothing fancier than that.”
Jerry Reevaluates Jerry
When Jerry was asked about how he feels about learning the controversy that Jerry Lewis cut his children out of his will he said it “depressed him” and caused him to re-evaluate Lewis, who was featured on the show. He continued “But so many comedians had horrible lives you don’t admire. If you knew everything about everyone, you wouldn’t like anyone.”
Which Dead Comedians Did Jerry Wish He Could Have On The Show?
When asked which dead comedians Jerry wishes he could have had on the show, he said “tons” including Charlie Chaplin, Joan Rivers, George Burns and George Carlin. Jerry continued, “Believe it or not, the idea has been explored to do some kind of CGI effect, using footage of dead comedians to get them in the car, and then we would write dialog around it. It was a total disaster, but you’re not the first person to think of it!”
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