Named by Forbes as the highest paid comedian of 2017, Jerry Seinfeld may not be struggling for publicity, but his recent deal with Netflix has proven to be mutually beneficial for both parties involved. Seinfeld agreed to move his Emmy-nominated comedy show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee from its original home of Crackle over to streaming giant Netflix; Seinfeld will also be recording two exclusive stand-up specials for them. The move has garnered the comedian a whole new audience across the globe who have been binge-watching all 59 episodes of the show and begging for more.
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Jerry Seinfeld enjoyed phenomenal success back in the 90s with his eponymous sitcom Seinfeld. Whilst the show continues to be popular on re-run channels and is available for streaming on Hulu, the writer himself decided to branch out once the series ended in 1998. He is responsible for writing some of the funniest scenes in TV history on Seinfeld, but Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee shows that Jerry can get the laughter flowing just as well in improvised situations. Whilst his own on-screen comedy has often involved a fictionalised version of himself, as a writer he is able to get the best out of other actors in both scripted and spontaneous scenes.
One superb example of this is his long-time friendship and working relationship with Jason Alexander. Playing character George Costanza on Seinfeld, Alexander is the neurotic funny man to Seinfeld’s cool and sarcastic role. Their winning dynamic is perfectly demonstrated in the episode “The Scofflaw,” when Seinfeld breaks through George’s poker face in seconds, forcing him to reveal a secret in a manic (and very funny) outburst. Alexander went on to reprise his role of Costanza in a 2014 episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, where both men stay in character for the duration of the episode, bickering away as though almost 20 years hasn’t passed them by.
Seinfeld himself announced through social media in March that a new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will be launching on Netflix in the summer. Whilst a specific release date has not yet been shared, confirmation of the re-commission has sparked speculation about which guests will appear in series 10. Seinfeld recently appeared on The Ellen Show, where it was confirmed the chat show host and fellow comedian would be appearing in an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with him. Other rumoured guests include Netflix favourite Dave Chappelle and SNL contributor Kate McKinnon.