Jerry ‘The Young King’ Seinfeld returns to our screens in something as simple as an 8 episode string of clips based around the concept of small-talk, in and out of a car, with a cup of joe to follow.
Its a web-series about nothing. The series follows a familiar path to the Robert Llewellyn series Carpool from a few years back; just interesting people mooching around in beautiful vintage cars sharing time, jokes, tall stories about this and that and of course, a post-cruise coffee.
Each clip starts with Jerry explaining the history of each vehicle, reading off the cars stats like its Top Trumps for eccentric petrol-heads. Each clip also starts with each cars ignition emittance, and even though im no man racer, theres something special in the sound of ignition charges from a 1970 Dodge Challenger being fired up.
All 8 passengers have their own brand of humour, some of the passengers include Colin Quinn, Ricky Gervais, Brian Regan and Bob Einstein [Marty Funkhouser].
Naturally, seeing Larry sitting uncomfortably in a 1952 Volkswagen Beetle discussing the pressing issues of the day is a treat, but the chemistry between Jerry and Alec Baldwin is on some next ish.
“So you think you are RAPIER that me/ my cell mate in Rahway, he was the RAPIEST”, was a high-light for us…
Inside Comedy is currently my favourite TV show. It’s a one-on-one conversational format with veteran writer/ director/ stand-up David Steinberg, and its real basic. The show takes it lead from Steinbergs old 2005 programme Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg, with a simple face-to-face, breaking bread format, highlighting the ‘inspirations and influences’ of comedians and ‘funny people’ as well as ‘intimate memories and career-defining moments’. Things are a little loose in direction at times and the show might seem brief, but the raw, rare and uncensored footage adds to the fabric of this quality production. NB. The only laugh-track is provided organically by the camera and sound crew…
Some of my personal favourites in Comedy appear over the course of the 10 episode investigative mini-season which started 26 January 2012; Chris Rock, Steven Wright, Judd Appatow, Tina Fey, Garry Shandling, Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld and Mel Brooks. In terms of the level of talent, its a no-brainer. Steinberg interviews some of the finest comedians alive, going back as far as Jonathan Winters and Don Rickles [Louie CK was probably too busy, at the gym no doubt]…
If you think Jerry Seinfeld is/ was kinda funny, stroll on. If you recognise that Jerry is the key that unlocked the majority of popular and unpopular recognised traits in contemporary comedy in 2011, read on.
One of my favourite Comedy movies is The Comedian, a very funny film about the methodical codes and processes of the culture of Comedy itself. It’s also got one of the finest trailers, which has no bearing on the film. Jerry “but his name is Jerome” Seinfeld gets back out on the road, post the 9 Season Seinfeld NBC TV Show and the reunion, and uncovers a terrifying world of ‘starting over’ on the stand-up circuit. It was a captivating insight and with regards to the discussional element, it seems it was worth recreating in another format, evidently in television.
As you can see, HBO are currently promoing a show called Talking Funny, due to start on US screens April 22nd. The Marriage Ref may be getting a second season, although I for one will not extend my man-fan generosity to watch it. Just not my bag.
Obviously, this lot are a far cry from Kinison, Hicks and Pryor sipping on something round at Carlins place, but it’ll do in the scheme of things.
Alternatively, watching a handful [well, at least 3] of the sharpest stand-up comedians in 2011 shootin’ the gift round a coffee table does captivate my curiosity. It’s just that breaking bread/ pub talk shit, without the grog or improper use of loose tongues. It seems that the show will be the four faces you see above: Ricky Gervais; Jerry; Chris Rock and Louis CK, all simply discussing the science of comedy and the individual elements that lead to the funnies, all unscripted and edited together afterwards. Go back to when Larry or Garry met Gervais for clarity on how cool Gervais actually is.
It’s pretty obvious these guys are at the pinnacle of their game, so it’ll be interesting to see just how Louis, who generally appears to [after watching the challenging yet funny as all hell Louis show on FX] overlook industry expectations and restrictions, will fare along with the other American ‘grumpy old men’.
For anyone in need of the aural extension of the movie The Comedian this is it. Jerry Seinfeld in conversation during 2001, one on one, unveiling of the science of Comedy. Alternatively this is for those that simply require confirmation on the white Nike wearin icon.