Why Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars’ should take a road trip to Canada


TORONTO — Dear Jerry Seinfeld,

Your series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” where you pick up other comedians and drive them in cool, vintage automobiles to coffee bars across America, used to be considered by some the best 15 minutes on television.

You’ve taken all of us along for the ride, allowing viewers in on conversations with David Letterman, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Mel Brooks and Steve Martin. It was fun watching you unite with your former “Seinfeld” pals, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The vintage Mercedes, Jaguars, Porsches and even one AMC Pacer were all sweet rides. Your outing with the late, great comedy innovator Garry Shandling reminded those watching about the importance of friendship.

The 10th season, which started streaming in July on Netflix, also boasts big names. The episode in Las Vegas with your comedy hero Jerry Lewis was sweet and poignant, especially since it was the 91-year-old comedy legend’s last television appearance. You graciously allowed Zach Galifianakis to trick you into appearing on his savage little showbiz satire “Between Two Ferns.”

Other episodes, however, seemed to stall and run out of gas. “Saturday Night Live” headliner Kate McKinnon should have been more fun. John Mulaney’s side trip to buy a rug just didn’t cut it. The episode featuring Ellen DeGeneres made you seem especially unfeeling, particularly when talk turned to today’s volatile times.

After 10 seasons and 72 episodes, perhaps a little high-performance additive might help. So, here’s a friendly suggestion: take a road trip. Come to Canada.

You’ve featured Canadians on the show before. You went to Jim Carrey’s private art space and huddled with the most powerful Canuck on American television, “SNL” icon Lorne Michaels.

Neither of those visits, however, truly tested a vintage defroster or a heating system. Cross the border during winter months and set out for a double-double at Timmies.

You haven’t truly gripped the road until you’ve ridden with the Trailer Park Boys. Try your luck behind the wheel of their infamous, beyond-beat-up 1975 Chrysler New Yorker.

You’ll have plenty to talk about with “Trailer” stars John Paul Tremblay and Robb Wells, both of whom have collected classic cars.

Or, just as you did one episode with then-U.S. president Barrack Obama, come visit our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. You can ride in his dad Pierre’s classic, silver, 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL convertible.

As for our comedians, Canada’s road warrior, Ron James, has his ride all picked out.

“My dad drove a 1969 Plymouth Fury 2 Detroit-built-gas-guzzling-land-boat,” says James. “Just a Bismarck of the highway! Every time he filled up the gas tank, Saudi Arabia dropped three feet!”

James, a fan of Seinfeld’s 2002 documentary “Comedian,” would love to trade war stories, including “some of my hellish drives across the Rockies in blizzards a Yeti wouldn’t wander,” and “the importance of knowing this career is a calling and not a means to an end.”

As for the coffee shop, James knows “an excellent funky spot” near his summer home in Nova Scotia called The LaHave Bakery. His second choice, near his condo in Toronto, is Rooster …read more

Source:: Nationalpost – News

      

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