I’m going to “blend” a few things here today in my topic of sorts, let’s just call this a “Refill Madness’” with a not so subtle nod to the classic 1936 film.
A few months ago, I wrote about one of my favorite “online investments”, Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, some of that follows here:
Having been a fan of “Seinfeld”, and considering it our generation’s equivalent of “The Honeymooners”, I still watch it when I see it on TV, (if I happen to be near a TV) even though I own the box set. Some two decades after it first aired, it still remains fresh, and I always seem to notice something new in each episode. To me, what “Breaking Bad” was to drama, “Seinfeld” was to comedy. Later, I naturally became a fan of “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. Early last year, I became hooked on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”.
Incorporating three of my personal “favorite things”, (Comedy, Cars and Coffee) I instantly became a fan based on the title alone. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is a comedy web series by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The series is broadcast on the Internet at: “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” and premiered on July 19, 2012. The show is supported by digital network Crackle and sponsored by Acura. (Be sure to check out the “vintage” Honda commercials included)
Episodes follow a format of Seinfeld introducing a vintage car, picking up the guest comedian, and taking them out to have coffee or to a restaurant. The episodes sometimes diverge from the format, as when Michael Richards urges Seinfeld to turn off onto a side street, or when Seinfeld returns after coffee with Carl Reiner to join him for dinner with Mel Brooks, a classic episode.
Every episode stands on it’s own merit, David Letterman, Louie C.K., Don Rickles, Sarah Silverman, Bob Einstein and Chris Rock are also standouts. The atmosphere of each episode, I liken to eavesdropping on two old friends (three in the case of Reiner and Brooks) sharing stories and laughs together. It’s a great concept and would love to see it on a network or cable channel. If you have not yet seen it, do yourself a favor, and thank me later.
Fast forward to real time, Season Four has already wrapped up (somewhat of a truncated one this time around) and the five guests Jerry featured could not have been better. Starting out with Sarah Jessica Parker, it hit the ground running (or rolling if you will), he and Sarah have a chemistry together in that episode that is pure magic. It followed with his longtime friend and comedian George Wallace, then Robert Klein, Aziz Ansari and the last episode featured Jon Stewart.
I was forced to comment on the site the mistake I found in the credits, as they had the cars listed as a 1978 AMX and a 1968 Gremlin, in reality, they are a 1969 AMX and a 1978 Gremlin, (the curse of being a “gear head”, I could not help myself). I was once again, caught up in all of the dialogue and stories. There is a new current feature “Single Shots” that are being updated weekly to keep us from going through caffeine withdrawal that are featured on the site. “Single Shots” features additional clips taken from the previous shows featuring a topic, “Donuts” etc.
In June, David Letterman did a great one hour interview with Jerry at the Paley Center for Media in New York. Here is some background about the Paley Center from their website.
ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER: In an era of rapid change in media and technology, the not-for-profit Paley Center for Media explores the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and connect through media. With locations in New York and Los Angeles, and the foremost public archive of television and radio programming, the Paley Center produces and curates programs, forums, and educational activities that engage the general public, industry professionals, and the creative community in an ongoing conversation about the impact of media on our lives. The Paley Center for Media is a hub of innovation and connection for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers with its finger on the pulse of the next big thing in media.
Go to The Paley Center Fro Media to learn more
“The Next Big Thing” indeed. The interview with Mr. Seinfeld is a gem. Talking about the idea of the webcast, the sponsorship, the production, the costs, and the “product placement” of the Acuras is amazing. I have a feeling after watching this, the entire “Seinfeld” TV series, in all of it’s timeless greatness, was a mere springboard for even greater things to follow.
Here is the link to the David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld Interview: David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld interview at the Paley Center.
Pure genius on both of their parts.
I was able to get out and find a bit of “peace behind the lens” since we last met, and I will post a few, just to keep with “tradition’”(or perhaps “filler” if you choose). One spot in particular, is one of my favorite "go to" places, the abandoned train club car in Peru, IL. I have visited during various times of the year and it was quite overgrown this summer. I also spotted a beautiful 1956 Corvette that had traveled all of Route 66, the entire 2.448 miles of the “Mother Road” from Chicago to L.A. A very nice “driver”.
Since we are on the subject of “Art” and seeing as I am the PR person at the Pontiac Community Art Center, I will use this opportunity to “pimp” the show that just opened yesterday in the gallery. (Nice segue huh?)
Beginning August 1, a Gallery Show titled “What’s The Catch?”, by local artist Shannon Vincent, will be on display at the Pontiac Community Art Center gallery located at 103 W. Madison St., Pontiac. The show will feature a collection of some of her mixed media art.
Shannon describes her show by stating, “I enjoy challenging myself to find some use for what might be considered "junk". From pop tabs to tiny fabric scraps, broken mirrors, and old moth eaten sweaters, I am happy to rescue them from being landfill fodder. These days, I am especially drawn to color and bright, bold designs. This show was inspired by the word "catch" — the many ways the word is used and numerous phrases that incorporate it.”
Regular hours for the Art Center are Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 9:30am-4pm. The show runs through August 26. The public is welcome.
Speaking of coffee, this post has me ready for my daily intake of “Industrial Strength”. When people ask me HOW can you drink coffee THAT strong?, I always tell them, “Compared to what I used to ingest, this is like a fucking sedative.” Nurse! Start the Caffeine IV! Keep on shakin’ kids!
Don’t forget to check out, the "Secret Weapon,” “Boris'” radio show on Woody Radio where “Boris” plays some great tunes, some of which you’ve probably never heard. Listen to it right here: "Secret Weapon" on Woody Radio.
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