Back in the summer of 2012, one of comedy’s biggest names found a new home for himself: the Internet. And now he’s back for more.
On Thursday afternoon, Jerry Seinfeld — the man synonymous with sponge-worthiness, close talkers, and pretty much any television comedy catchphrase in the late ’90s — will unveil the first episode of the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show’s title is very literal: Each episode pairs Seinfeld with another comedian, puts them in a cool old car, and features a conversation over caffeinated beverages.
The concept is simple, but the results are often thrilling. (And also award-winning.) The first season saw episodes featuring Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, Colin Quinn, and Michael Richards, and each one featured revelatory chats about the nature of comedy, a subject Seinfeld finds endlessly fascinating. “Comedians never fail to get to this subject of, ‘How do you do this?’ or ‘What’s it like for you?’ or ‘What are you dealing with?’” Seinfeld told EW in a recent conversation. “So in almost every one of these shows, in fact I have to eventually say every single one at some point, these two people get to that.”
This season’s premiere, which will be available on Crackle and on the show’s official website at noon Thursday, features Sarah Silverman. Other guests this time around include David Letterman, Chris Rock, and Seth Meyers. Check out the preview of the new season below.
Though each episode only runs about 15 minutes, Seinfeld said some of the conversations lasted for three hours or more. “Sarah Silverman had a thing that I loved that I don’t think it made the show,” he said. “She told me about this girl that she was friendly with, a young girl starting out [as a comedian], and she had this big night planned and the night didn’t work out and she got extremely upset about it. And Sarah told her, ‘You gotta start learning to not get upset, because otherwise you’re going to get too upset and you’ll never survive.’ I’ve learned this in baseball as well: One of the things they look at with these young ball players, if the guy’s a huge talent but he’s emotionally fragile, they don’t want him. If he’s breaking bats, throwing gloves, losing it, going up and down with the ups and downs, this is not a guy that could play in the majors. It’s the same thing with comedy.”
New episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will air every Thursday for the next six weeks, with 18 more episodes to come spread across this year and 2014. For more on Jerry Seinfeld and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, check out the feature in next week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.
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