Jerry Se­in­feld learns from com­edy’s best on Net­flix se­ries

The Prince George Citizen - - A & E - Jonathan LANDRUM JR.

BEV­ERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jerry Se­in­feld would rather cruise in clas­sic cars and sip cof­fee with com­edy’s best than reboot his uber-suc­cess­ful Se­in­feld tele­vi­sion se­ries.

“No, and do what? Make it worse?” Se­in­feld said in an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day night about his epony­mous NBC sit­com, which cel­e­brated its 30-year an­niver­sary this month.

“I’m very for­tu­nate to be in the po­si­tion to make that show with those peo­ple at that time. I wouldn’t be ar­ro­gant enough to think I could do it again. That’s ego­ma­ni­a­cal. I’m happy with what I have now.”

These days, Se­in­feld is fo­cused on learn­ing more about the “sharpest minds in com­edy” through his Net­flix se­ries Co­me­di­ans in Cars Get­ting Cof­fee.

The 11th sea­son of the se­ries pre­mieres Fri­day on the stream­ing ser­vice fea­tur­ing Ed­die Mur­phy, who talked about his ca­reer and shared sto­ries with Se­in­feld about them com­ing up in com­edy to­gether in New York in the 1970s.

The new sea­son also in­cludes an ar­ray of other co­me­di­ans in­clud­ing Mar­tin Short, Rick Ger­vais, Seth Ro­gan, Brid­get Everett, Barry Marder, Melissa Vil­laseno and Mario Joyner. Jamie Foxx ap­pears in an episode to talk about him want­ing to re­turn to standup and his im­per­son­ation of Dave Chap­pelle.

“It’s kind of a mu­sic video to me. It’s just kind of vis­ual. The words are in­ter­est­ing and some­times it’s funny, but I like it to have a rhythm and flow and then it’s over,” Se­in­feld said.

“It’s just very quick. I al­ways like when peo­ple go ‘I wish that was a lit­tle longer.”’

Se­in­feld launched Co­me­di­ans in Cars Get­ting Cof­fee on Sony’s Crackle in 2012. The se­ries was moved to Net­flix two years ago af­ter the co­me­dian signed a mas­sive deal with the stream­ing ser­vice.

This sea­son, Se­in­feld con­tin­ues to pick up each guest in a dif­fer­ent vin­tage car, from a Maserati Mis­tral to a Rolls-Royce con­vert­ible to a beat-up Dodge Monaco. He takes them to a cafe or restau­rant for cof­fee where they have an easy-flow­ing con­ver­sa­tion about their ca­reer and life ex­pe­ri­ences as co­me­di­ans.

Se­in­feld said he learns some­thing new from each guest. He was sur­prised when Mur­phy spoke about not be­ing as con­fi­dent as most thought dur­ing his rise in com­edy. For Se­in­feld, he feels some­what like a news re­porter in an ef­fort to cre­ate a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for guests to open up.

“Peo­ple like to tell me stuff, and I don’t know why,” said Se­in­feld, who has fea­tured former U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Kevin Hart in pre­vi­ous sea­sons.

“It’s hap­pened to me my whole life, be­cause I think I re­ally lis­ten. But I would never put any­thing in the show I think the per­son might not want in there. I want the show to be fun like a lit­tle cap­puc­cino foam, just light and pleasant.”

AP PHOTO BY WILLY SAN­JUAN

Jerry Se­in­feld at­tends the Co­me­di­ans In Cars Get­ting Cof­fee photo call at The Pa­ley Cen­ter for Me­dia on Wed­nes­day in Bev­erly Hills, Calif.

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