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January 3, 2014

More cars and coffee on Seinfeld's talk show

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Seinfeld loves cars. He’s fond of coffee. And, of course, he’s a comedian who loves to talk comedy.

But the inspiration for his online talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (wherein he and a fellow comedian crack wise while powered by a car and caffeine), was inspired by an episode of his eponymous 1990s sitcom.

In that memorable episode, Jerry’s sad-sack pal, George, decided success might await him if he lived his failed life in the opposite manner.

“That,” recalls Seinfeld in a recent interview, “gave me the idea to create a talk show that was the opposite of the typical show.

“With a typical talk show,” he explains, “you have to go to a studio. You have to tell them in advance what you’re going to talk about. You have to dress up. You have to put on makeup. It’s very, very organized.

“I thought, maybe there’s a different way than being stuck on a couch: Outside and moving is the opposite of inside and still.

“That,” he sums up, “is where it began.”

“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” launched on the Crackle digital network in 2012, and its third season hits the road Thursday with Seinfeld joining Louis C.K. for a cup of joe after a zany ride on a clown-car-scale 1959 Fiat Jolly.

“I pick you up at your house and we literally go out for a cup of coffee.” Future ride-alongs include Patton Oswalt, Howard Stern, Tina Fey, Todd Barry and Jay Leno.

“I wanted to make a show that people would like to be on, instead of groaning and going, ‘Yeah, all right, I’ll do it,’” says Seinfeld in his office in Manhattan’s famed Brill Building, where soon he will begin another editing session to whittle the Leno episode to a tight 18 or 20 minutes from the two or three hours of recorded chitchat.

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